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The 46th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held at Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus on April 12 - 14, 2001.

This year, CSEF winners were chosen from among 259 projects represented by 298 finalists from 84 schools and 13 regions within the state. More than 90 professional scientists, engineers and mathematicians interviewed the students and evaluated their projects before selecting the Grand Award winners. In addition, over 40 businesses, professional societies, and government agencies provided more than 130 of their own representatives to judge exhibits based on their own criteria. They judged the student finalists and conferred Special Awards which represented an aspect of the bestowing organization. These included college scholarships, offers of summer employment, field trips, cash, savings bonds, and calculators. Over 1,000 people attended the Awards Ceremony this year.

Scholarships from Adams State College (ASC), Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and Colorado State University (CSU) were also presented. Adams State College awarded eight one-year full resident tuition and fees scholarships. The Colorado School of Mines awarded two scholarships. Colorado State University awarded eight one-year, renewable $1,000 scholarships to the top senior division individual category winners and three one-year, renewable $1,500 scholarships to the senior division All Fair winners. The Intel Foundation also awarded two $1,000 scholarships to twelfth graders for use at the college or university of their choice.

The 2001 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair had 45 sponsors. Sponsors included 1 Platinum Sponsor (providing over $2,500 of support), 15 Gold Sponsors ($1,000 - $2,500 of support each), 3 Silver Sponsor ($750 - $1,000 of support each), and 13 Regular Sponsors ($500 - $750 of support each). In addition, there were 13 Financial Contributors (less than $500 each). Persons interested in supporting the CSEF financially should view the sponsorship/contributor guidelines.

This year, the CSEF was honored to have guest speaker, Dr. Robert Greer. Dr. Greer is a professor of pathology and medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and professor of oral and maxillo acid pathology at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. He has been at the University of Colorado for over twenty-seven years. Dr. Greer has authored three medical textbooks and over 125 scientific articles. His research into the effect of smokeless tobacco on oral mucous membrane was the first to demonstrate the link between human papillomavirus and smokeless tobacco in oral cancer. Dr. Greer's current research studies include investigation of the drug Ketorolac in the prevention of oral precancer, and a study of the role of estrogen and progesterone on salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma.

Robert Greer

Dr. Greer is also the author of the CJ Floyd mystery series, The Devil's Hatband, The Devil's Red Nickel, The Devil's Backbone, and Limited Time, a medical thriller. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and two recent short story anthologies showcasing western fiction. He also edits the High Plains Literary Review, reviews books for National Public Radio, and raises Black Baldy cattle on his ranch near Steamboat Springs, CO. His short story collection, Isolation and Other Stories, will be published in June 2001. He is currently at work on his fifth novel, a medical thriller entitled Heat Shock.


The top two Senior Division project exhibitors (individual) won a trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in San Jose, CA May 6 - 12, 2001. First place went to Ryan Patterson, Central High School in Grand Junction, grade 11, for the project The Sign Translator. Second place went to Keri Propst, Merino Jr/Sr High School in Merino, grade 12, for the project A Possible Cystic Fibrosis Treatment: The Production of Glutathione by Inducing MRP Expression. The third place winner, awarded an all-expense paid trip to observe at the Intel ISEF was Milena Pastore, Monte Vista High School in Monte Vista, grade 11, for the project They Came, They Saw, They Devoured.

The winner of the Ralph F. Desch Memorial Technical Writing Award was Betsy Taylor from Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, grade 12, for the project A Study of Environmental Hormones: Testing PVC Extract on Wild Fruit Flies.

The winners (tied) of the Senior Division Student Choice Award were Evan Burgess, Fairview High School in Boulder, grade 12, for the project Dating Paleo-Glaciers With A GIS-Based Analysis Of Moraine Erosion and Bennett Merriman, Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, grade 11, for the project Ionic Propulsion. The Junior Division Student Choice winner was Adam Sidman, North Middle School in Colorado Springs, grade 7, for the project Patterns in DNA: The Vocabulary of Life.

The winner of the Poster Art Contest was Molly Kraus and Hannah Kraus, Pagosa Springs Junior High School in Pagosa Springs.

See the complete list of CSEF Grand Award winners, Special Award winners, and Scholarship winners or print an offical 2001 Press Release.

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