Judges Needed for Regional Science Fair at UMass Amherst March 23

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts is seeking local scientists to serve as judges at the upcoming UMass Amherst Regional Science Fair, slated for Tues., March 23, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. At least 60 judges from regional colleges, the professions, and local industry are necessary for the thorough evaluation of science projects produced by middle- and high-school students.

The UMass Amherst Regional Science Fair is an affiliate of the Massachusetts State Science Fair (www.scifair.com). The program is designed to encourage interest in science among middle- and high-school students throughout the commonwealth. Participating students exhibit projects covering a wide range of scientific topics for judging, and to share with their peers. This can be a valuable learning experience for students, as well as an opportunity for them to receive personal encouragement and recognition for their work, according to Diana Blazis, associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, who organizes the event.

The time commitment would be 9:30 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. on Tues., March 23. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Blazis at 413/545-2629 or blazis@nsm.umass.edu.