Citywide Science Fair Co-sponsored by Yale Wins Presidential Award

The New Haven Public School Citywide Science Fair, co-sponsored by Yale University, Olin Corporation and Bayer Corporation, will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. tomorrow from at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The award is given to those programs in which “individual mentors demonstrate outstanding and sustained mentoring and effective guidance to a significant number of students at the K-12, undergraduate or graduate education levels,” according to a release from the National Science Foundation. Institutions that enable a substantial number of students from groups underrepresented in science, mathematics and engineering to successfully pursue and complete relevant degree programs are included within the award criteria.

Yale hosts the science fair held annually in March at Yale Commons Dining Hall on Grove Street. Yale also contributes mentors including Yale College students and graduate students and faculty from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the School of Medicine, and the biology and physics departments. The fair, part of the public schools’ science curriculum, is designed to improve student achievement in science and mathematics through hands-on science education. The fair helps to stimulate and guide independent research and encourage female and minority students to enter science-oriented careers.

Over 200 faculty, 5,000 public school students and 38 schools have participated in the science fair.

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