Over 200 Area High School Students to Compete in Science Fair at Pace

Over 200 students from 26 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties will gather on Saturday morning at the Pace University Briarcliff campus for the much anticipated 8th annual Progenics – Regeneron – Siemens – Acorda Westchester Science and Engineering Fair.

Posted on behalf of WESEF:

OVER 200 AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN
INTEL AFFILIATED LOCAL SCIENCE FAIR AT PACE UNIVERSITY

THE 8TH ANNUAL PROGENICS – REGENERON – SIEMENS-ACORDA: WESTCHESTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR AT PACE UNIVERSITY
SATURDAY, MARCH 15th, 2008
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Pace University Dining Hall
Briarcliff Campus
235 Elm Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Over 200 students from 26 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties will gather on Saturday morning at the Pace University Briarcliff campus for the much anticipated 8th annual Progenics – Regeneron – Siemens – Acorda Westchester Science and Engineering Fair. Students will be showcasing their accomplishments in a competitive venue featuring individual and team poster presentations to be judged by local experts in the fields of math, science and engineering.

The Progenics – Regeneron – Siemens – Acorda Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, known as “WESEF”, is made possible by the generous contributions of local corporate sponsors including
Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Siemens Medical Solutions, Acorda Therapeutics and Pace University. Additional sponsors include Fujifilm USA, Carl Zeiss Microimaging, Inc., Entergy, Psychogenics, and Ciba. In total, these sponsors have donated close to $100,000 for this year’s event.

Nearly 75% of all students who enter the fair will be recognized with awards made possible through the generous donations of the sponsors. The grand prize will be awarded to eight individual and four team projects. These finalists, whose outstanding work earns top scores in the fair, will win a week-long, all expenses paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the “superbowl” of science fairs. At the international fair, more than 1,500 students from over 50 countries will compete for $4 million in prizes and scholarships to be awarded this year.

Student projects focus on a wide range of topics in all areas of science, math, engineering and psychology. The diversity of students’ interests is evident by the titles of their projects – from Breast Cancer tumor vesicle proteomics research to preventing diabetic blindness and monitoring declining Box Turtle populations in Westchester County. The majority of students in the fair are seniors who have honed their research skills over the course of their high school career. However, occasionally younger students are able to complete research projects; this year, one 9th grade team from Somers High School will be presenting their research aiming to improve reading comprehension in young children using audio books.

The public is invited to view the presentations from 3:30-4:30. The Press is invited to capture the excitement during the day’s events. For more information please contact:

Michael Blueglass
WESEF President
4 Benjamin Green Lane
Mahopac, NY 10541
(H) 914-248-7679
(W) 914-243-0561
(C)914-447-3568
(Fax) 914-248-9658