Now in its 66th year, the Delaware Valley Science Fairs
(DVSF), will host its annual competition on Wednesday, April 2, from noon-4pm at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks (1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460).
University of the Sciences is proud to once again support DVSF through an in-kind donation and hosting the annual winners breakfast on Friday, April 18.
An estimated 1,000 students from Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware will compete for scholarships and prizes at the fair. DVSF features independent research in 15 scientific categories by students in grades 6-12 who have completed Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research projects and have advanced after competing in their local fairs.
Making the competition more demanding is the scholarship money on the line. Student scientists and engineers competing are vying for $3 million in scholarship money and prizes. Past winning projects include cancer research, rocket engineering, green buildings, and seismic faults. A total of 15 winners from DVSF will receive an expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, May 11-16, where 1,500 students from all over the United States and 65 countries and territories will showcase their research as they compete for more than $4 million in scholarships and prizes.
“The stakes are high for students and the competition is tough,” said DVSF Executive Director Henry Disston. “The caliber of presentations that we see at this level is unprecedented. These are groundbreaking projects that feed a student’s natural curiosity paving the way for great scientific careers and future innovations. These students hold the key to tomorrow’s new technologies.”
Drexel University, University of the Sciences, and Harrisburg University, are among the prestigious area colleges and universities offering full and partial scholarships to selected winners. In addition, cash prizes, awards and trips will also be given by 61 professional societies and organizations.
Students and DVSF officials will be available for feature profile interviews. The media is invited to attend the competition and meet the students. Also, USciences will host its annual winners recognition breakfast on Friday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. This will be the only time the winners will be together before leaving for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.