As part of the EnvironMentors program’s model, each individual chapter across the nation gets to hold its own symposium/fair during which student participate get to present their research projects to the faculty, students, family, friends, and members of the University, local, state communities. During each chapter fair, not only do the students present their research posters but they also compete against each other for the top three prizes. The top three winners at each chapter symposium get the chance to present their research at the annual EnvironMentors National Science fair and win various prizes.
Our Penn State EnvironMentors held it’s chapter symposium and fair on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 in Steidle building’ Atrium, located at the University Park campus. During the symposium, our student participants, divided into four research teams, presented their research posters to their families, friends, and members of the Penn State’s communities. Our research teams are comprised of a faculty member, an undergraduate student, and a high schools student, and as stated in our model, the faculty member and undergraduate student act as mentors to our high school student participants.
The research posters presented that day addressed various environmental issues ranging from Co2 emissions, water resources, air quality, and many more. Our chapter top three teams and students are Natalia Carrasco and Ty Todd, Ireolubowa Mayegun, and Shawn Oputa. These students will go on to compete at the 2019 EnvironMentors National Science fair, which will be held from June 1st to June 4th, 2019 in Washington D.C.