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LSUA to Host Region IV Science and Engineering Fair

Released: 01/24/2011

LSU Alexandria will host the annual Louisiana Region IV Science and Engineering Fair for students in nine parishes Feb. 19, announced Sandra Purifoy, fair director and instructor in the university’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Students from public, private and home schools in Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine and Vernon parishes will participate. Students in grades five through eight will compete in the Junior Division, and ninth through 12th graders will vie in the Senior Division.

Participants will submit projects in one of 16 subjects: animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and planetary science, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering and materials engineering, energy and transportation, environmental management, environmental sciences, mathematical sciences, medicine and health sciences, microbiology, and physics and astronomy.

Winners from the Region IV Science and Engineering Fair advance to state and potentially international competition.

Registration forms and additional information for participants are available at There is a $15 registration fee. Participants should set up their projects from 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Fitness Center at LSUA. Public viewing of all projects is available Feb. 19 from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Coughlin Hall.

Purifoy said underwriters are needed to offset some of the costs of the science and engineering fair. Contributions from sponsors also are used to send the winner and parent of the “Best of Senior Division” to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Sponsors can contact Purifoy at 427-4432 or