(April 1, 2011)--Judging begins Saturday on projects developed by 1,200 middle and high school students competing at the 2011 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair (EMTSEF). Presented by ExxonMobil and organized by the UTSA College of Sciences, the annual competition fosters an interest in science, engineering and related disciplines among the state's high-achieving youths.
The fair runs Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. (See the fair schedule.)
On Saturday, judges will talk with competitors about their projects and the research behind them. Projects will receive scores for creativity, scientific thought, thoroughness, technical skills and the project display. Teams also will receive a score for teamwork.
The fair's awards ceremony will be Sunday, April 3. More than 4,000 participants, family members, friends and teachers are expected to attend, honoring approximately 190 winners in 19 categories and two divisions. In addition to general category awards, students will vie for a number of additional awards such as a $20,000 scholarship from UTSA and invitations to the annual Governor's Science and Technology Champions Academy, a residential science camp that will be at UTSA this summer.
"We are honored to host this outstanding competition and are continually astonished by the ingenuity, creativity and hard work we see in these projects," said George Perry, dean of the UTSA College of Sciences. "We applaud the parents and teachers who provide support and daily encouragement to these budding scientists."
The EMTSEF is offered by ExxonMobil and hosted by the UTSA College of Sciences in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission and TASC. Winners of the EMTSEF will represent Texas at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, scheduled for May 8-13 in Los Angeles.
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come show your Roadrunner Spirit by joining our very own Rowdy, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band (SOSA), your fellow students, faculty and staff as we light the Monument at our Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight to mark the start of a new academic year.
John Peace Blvd. entrance, Main Campus
Join President Eighmy for this celebration to kick off the new school year. The event will feature live musical performances and a free BBQ dinner.
Convocation Center Lawn, Main Campus
Join fellow Roadrunners on the Downtown Campus for this free BBQ dinner.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
New and returning graduate students are encouraged to stop by before going to class to learn more about what UTSA has to offer, participate in fun activities, listen to music, connect with peers and enjoy refreshments.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Students are invited to attend the Fraternity|Sorority Life Informational Sessions and Mix & Mingle. This is an opportunity for students to meet-and-greet members of the Fraternity/Sorority Life community, and get together with your new Roadrunner friends.
UC Travis and Harris Rooms (HUC 2.202 and HUC 2.212) then UC Lawn, Main Campus
Find out what the Downtown Library has to offer. Stop by to enjoy refreshments and learn more about your library. It’s a great place to study, use computers, work on group projects, or to get help finding material on your research topic. Welcoming staff and a pleasant setting make the library a terrific resource for students.
Buena Vista Street Building, 2nd floor, Downtown Campus
Get to know your UTSA student athletes for football, volleyball, soccer, and cross country. Howdy Rowdy Bash is when we get excited for upcoming athletic events with games, cheers and giveaways. The event ends with a live music performance. Join UTSA Athletics, Rowdy Crew and Roadrunner Productions for night of fun in the Convo.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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