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STEM Scholars Compete for Over $4 Million in Scholarships and Awards at State Science Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             Contact: Stephen McConoughey
May 2, 2014                                                                                                 (614) 488-2228

Columbus, Ohio – More than 1,200 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students in grades 5 – 12 will exhibit their projects at the 66th annual State Science Day on Saturday, May 10, hosted by The Ohio State University in the French Field House, 460 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus. The STEM scholars – from over 300 schools throughout Ohio – will vie for more than $4 million in scholarships and awards.

State Science Day is sponsored by The Ohio Academy of Science, American Electric Power, The Ohio Environmental Education Fund, Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc., Time Warner Cable, Ethicon, and Battelle, and The Ohio State University Office of Distance Education and eLearning coordinates the event locally.

“This event highlights the dedication of the students, and the high priority that Ohio as a state places on STEM-education,” says Stephen McConoughey, CEO of The Ohio Academy of Science. “We are thankful for the large number of sponsors that support this event, as well as the over 1,000 judges and volunteers that donate their time each year. Without their help and scientific expertise, this event would not be possible.”

Since 1949, local, district, and State Science Days have comprised Ohio’s largest and most far-reaching STEM education program. In these 65 years, more than 65,000 students have participated in the annual event. The students competing at State Science Day have advanced to the state-level competition from 16 district science days held in the March.

Several Ohio Departments and Centers fund awards at State Science Day known as the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards. These awards include Excellence in Student Research in Advanced or Alternative Energy; Advanced Materials; Agriculture and Food Technology; Biotechnology and Biomedical technologies; Environmental Sciences and Information Technology. Sponsors for the Governor’s Awards include The Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Development Services Agency (Technology Division), the Ohio Environmental Education Fund and several Edison Technology Centers.

Starting at 10 a.m. in St. John Arena, 410 Woody Hayes Drive, Academy CEO, Stephen McConoughey, will discuss all of the programs that are available through the Academy as well as resources offered to aid students in their STEM pursuit. The Award Ceremony will be highlighted by a keynote address from Ajit Chaudhari, PhD. Chaudhari is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and co-director of the Movement Analysis & Performance Program at The Ohio State University. The keynote address will focus on his journey through science and his current work using motion capture technology.

For more information about State Science Day, visithttp://ohiosci.org/state-science-day-2014, call (614) 488-2228 or email smcconoughey@ohiosci.org.

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The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 57,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.