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CSU to Participate in Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

University representatives to serve as volunteers, judges and
interpreters to further STEM education

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(May 9, 2011) - California State University faculty and staff are celebrating science innovation and informing pre-college students about the importance of higher education during the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which will be held from May 8-13, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. CSU representatives will volunteer their time as judges, interpreters and program coordinators to support and encourage middle and high school students who are considering pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

More than 50 CSU faculty and students will serve as higher education ambassadors during Intel ISEF, a program of Society for Science and the Public (SSP), and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. SSP is a partner to the CSU through the STEM service-learning grant program, and has tapped science and engineering faculty from CSU campuses to serve as judges to review projects created by more than 1,500 high school students from over 65 countries.

Approximately 20 students from CSU Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge and San Bernardino will volunteer their services to act as interpreters in Spanish, Russian and Mandarin. Similarly, students from the Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) will help coordinate and execute the Inaugural Student Observer Caucus, a program where students can exchange ideas and network.

Additionally, SSP worked with Cal State L.A.’s crime lab to implement a forensic science activity to get middle school students excited about STEM. The CSU will be hosting a booth in the Exhibit Hall, where students can learn how to get to college, key facts about the CSU and its 23 campuses and network with CSU students, faculty, staff and employees. Media and the general public will be able interact with students and view the projects during Public Day on Thurs., May 12.


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