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Westport, CT, January 22, 2007 – More than 50 members of the community met over dinner at Westport’s Christ and Holy Trinity Church on Friday to prepare for their judging duties at the upcoming Southern Connecticut Invitational Science & Engineering Fair (SCISEF). SCISEF is sponsored by the Westport Science & Engineering Foundation Inc. (WSEF). This year’s Fair is being held on Saturday, February 3rd at Staples High School in Westport and will be open to the public between 11am and 1pm.

The judges, from Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Ridgefield, Westport and Wilton, will review 70 life science and physical science projects, and research proposals. Additional judges are still welcome and may contact Harry Rosvally, Ed.D., Chairman of the Science Department for the Westport School District at hrosvally@scisef.org for more information.

About the Fair and the Foundation

SCISEF was started in 2001 by the WSEF to promote critical thinking skills, and motivate students to pursue science and engineering after high school. Twelve students receive awards, four each in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Research Proposals. WSEF is an IRS Sec. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, please visit the SCISEF web site at www.scisef.org.

The WSEF recently launched an effort to raise $50,000 to support both SCISEF and events for students to see the practical application of science. These have included a visit to Pratt & Whitney’s aircraft engine facilities and a seminar on physics using an actual LeMans race car. WSEF also sponsors a mentoring program to enable high school students to access university level research facilities and support along with career planning. To make an individual financial or in-kind donation, or to find out more about sponsorships please contact William Foster, WSEF President, at wfoster@scisef.org.

2007 SCISEF judges

WSEF Board of Directors
left to right: Rita Smircich, Anne Bertels, William Foster,
Harry Rosvally, Matt Miller, Paul Oestreicher
(Not pictured: Richard Gardella, Robert Susalka)

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