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More than 1,000 participants expected at Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair

SMU co-sponsors annual competition set for Feb. 21 in Fair Park

February 18, 2015

Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair DALLAS (SMU) – More than 1,000 junior high and high school students are expected to participate in the 2015 Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Fair Park.

Co-sponsored by SMU, participants — who have won their school or district science fairs — will compete for more than 500 awards.

"Many of the students who participate will become scientists, " says Simon Dalley, Fair president and physics professor at SMU. "Encouraging their interest is crucial for the development of technology and science in the United States."

SMU faculty members coordinate the fair, recruit judges and help select the grand prize winners. SMU also hosts a March banquet honoring the top 150 fair winners, their parents and science teachers.

The Fair is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest pre-college science competition. Students in grades 6-12 at public and private schools within the boundaries of TEA Region 10, who placed in their school science fairs, are eligible to participate in the DRSEF.

Projects that place 1st - 4th in Science Category at DRSEF will be invited to enter the Texas State Science & Engineering Fair. The top approximately 10% of Junior Division projects at DRSEF will receive invitations to the Broadcom Masters. Senior Division grand prize winners and runners-up at DRSEF are eligible for the International Science & Engineering Fair, with attendance sponsored by Beal Bank.

Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair Basics:

When: Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

  • 9 a.m. to noon: Judging, open to media only
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Open to public

Where: Centennial Hall in Fair Park (new location from the past two years). Please see the Schedule and Map for additional information.

Sponsors: Include Beal Bank, SMU, Fluor, Maxim Integrated and Amica Insurance. Click here for a complete list of sponsors.

For more information: dallassciencefair.org or 214-768-2495

Fair Leadership:

The DRSEF relies on many dedicated professionals who donate their time and energy toward making the fair a success. The leadership includes:

Board of Directors

  • Prof. Simon Dalley, SMU Physics Department
  • Prof. Randall J. Scalise, SMU Physics Department
  • Prof. Fredrick I. Olness, SMU Physics Department
  • Prof. Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, SMU Chemistry Department
  • Lacey Porter, SMU Physics Department

Executive Council

  • President: Simon Dalley, SMU Physics Department
  • Vice President: Randall J. Scalise, SMU Physics Department
  • Vice President: Fredrick I. Olness, SMU Physics Department
  • Secretary: Lacey Porter, SMU Physics Department
  • Treasurer: Andrew Milburn, Texas Capital Bank