Title

Prizewinners named for state science and engineering competition

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

4-2-2015

Campus Unit

School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Abstract

The 65th annual North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair, held at the University of North Dakota Wellness Center last week, wrapped up with a series of awards for the top presentations in several categories.

The next generation of North Dakota scientists and engineers competed in the fair, hosted by the University of North Dakota.

“This is a really amazing showcase of talent that we have in this state,” said Lewis Liang, a faculty member in the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and a competition judge.

Students competed in either the junior or senior division. First-place winners in the senior division will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Pittsburgh. National, regional, and state organizations will recognize the efforts of the students with awards and scholarships.

The first place (Marcus J. Friskop Sweepstakes) winner—Mya Steinwehr, Hankinson School District—received a gold state plaque, a hooded sweatshirt, a $200 cash award from the Marcus J. Friskop Family, a $500 cash award from the UND Division of Student Affairs / UND Office of Research & Economic Development, and a one-year $2500 scholarship to UND; Steinwehr will advance to the ISEF in Pittsburgh. Steinwehr’s presentation—which will be exhibited at the national competition—was titled, “A Comparative Study on Natural Pesticides for Potatoes.”

The second place (sweepstakes runner-up) winner—Lakin Mauch, Hankinson School District—received a gold state plaque, a hooded sweatshirt, a $250 cash award from the University of North Division of Student Affairs / UND Office of Research & Economic Development, and a one-year $2000 scholarship to UND. Mauch will advance to the ISEF in Pittsburgh. Mauch’s presentation—which also will be exhibited at the national competition—was titled “An Assessment of Drainage Systems in Richland County Corn Fields.”

The third place (sweepstakes 2nd runner-up) winner—Sean Loken, Wishek School District—received a state plaque, a hooded sweatshirt, a $200 cash award from the UND School of Graduate Studies, and a one-year $1000 scholarship to UND. Loken will serve as an alternate to the ISEF in Pittsburgh. Loken’s presentationwas titled “Solar Engine Applications III.”

The day prior to Friday’s competition included student hands-on activities on campus in the following colleges and departments: College of Engineering and Mines; John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences; College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines; College of Education and Human Development Department of Teaching and Learning; and in the College of Arts and Sciences, the following departments—Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, and Physics and Astrophysics.

“We are very fortunate to have such bright, talented students come to our campus. We hope that they all will return soon, take a tour the entire campus and consider making UND their University”, said Dean Hesham El-Rewini, College of Engineering and Mines.

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