The annual Finger Lakes Institute science fair brought middle and high school students to the Hobart and William Smith campus in May to present original research on the environment in the Finger Lakes region. The fair gave students the opportunity to participate in a professional research conference in a college environment, and encouraged them to investigate STEM research in the future.
“Students participating in the FLI Science Fair worked hard on their independent research projects,” said Nadia Harvieux, the FLI education program manager and coordinator of the event. “We were excited to have them share their results with the judges, FLI staff and fellow Science Fair participants.”
Students presented their research in a half-day poster session and competed for monetary prizes. The projects included water quality studies, pollution impact surveys and biodiversity analyses. Science Fair judges, from a variety of environmental career fields from the Finger Lakes region, determined winners in middle school and high school divisions based on their presentation and content. This year’s judges included Kaeti Stoss, from Delta Environmental; John Berry, Ontario County and New York Water Environment Association member; Mike Herschelman, from the City of Rochester; and Eliza Crane, past FLI Science winner from Honeoye Falls-Lima High School and current FLCC environmental studies student. The prizes are sponsored by the Genesee Chapter of the New York Environmental Association, Inc.