Hamilton, Corvallis and Stevensville schools had winners in the 59th annual Montana State Science Fair, held at the University of Montana March 17 and 18.
Hamilton Middle School, coached by middle school science teachers Rebecca McGillivary and Jeremy Barcus, brought home 19 ribbons (eight gold, four silver and seven bronze) and seven special awards.
Samuel Bosio, an eighth-grader, won four awards for his project, “Can Silver Nanoparticles Prevent Nosocomial Infections?” They were: eighth grade Biological Peterson Grand Award, Grand Award – eighth grade Biological, Montana Space Grant Consortium – Emerging Research Travel Grant Award and the UM College of Health Professionals and Biomedical Sciences – Division II.
“The State Science Fair is a great way for everyone to show off their hard work while still learning a lot,” said Bosio. “My project took a lot of thought, so I’m glad it turned out so well.”
Eighth-grader Alexander Raymond’s project “Loss of Electricity” earned the Montana Energy Education Council and Northwestern Energy Award and the Frank Simon Judges Grand Award.
Other HMS ribbon winners included: Maddie Mora, Olivia Zepeda, Taylor Wood, Choloe Henderson, Malaya Erdmann, Brooke Wiltbank, Bailey Ward, Anilynn Mason, Timothy Morin, Lauren Kimzey, Mariana Miller, Heather Hudson, Kelsie Meis, Matt Wilson/Rio Hammond, Olivia Schmit, Sarah Trinh, and Colleen May May.
Hamilton Middle School was given the Outstanding School Award, Large Junior High, second place.
Corvallis High School senior Roxy Rademacher won a gold ribbon, four awards and a scholarship for her project “Assessing Genetic Diversity of Bighorn Sheep in the Bitterroot Valley.”
Rademacher was awarded the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Special Recognition Award (best overall project relating to fish or wildlife), Ecology Project International (best wildlife project – which includes a five day trip to Yellowstone for an ecology seminar), UM Environmental Studies Division I Award, an Office of Naval Research - Division I Award and a UM Foundation - Marie Wallace Scholarship.
“It’s nice to see the results – I’ve been working on it for three years,” said Rademacher. “I’m excited about it. It gives me an extra scholarship so I’ve confirmed going to the UM to study wildlife biology.”
Stevensville High School students Taylor Rauch and Tawni Wells won a silver award for their project “Get the Lead Out.”
Stevensville Junior High students Dani Trangmoe and Jamyn Beller won a silver ribbon for their project “How Many Drops Can You Drop On A Penny Until The Penny Will Drop All Of the Drops?”
The complete results are available online at: http://cas.umt.edu/mtsciencefair/fairInformation/RibbonsResults.php
The Montana State Science Fair has been a major event at the University of Montana, Missoula, since 1956. It is sponsored by the University of Montana College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Montana President’s Office, and the Missoula Exchange Club. It is funded by the UM Excellence Fund, campus departments, outside contributions, and the proceeds from the fair. It is affiliated with Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) which is administered by Society for Science and the Public (SSP).