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Science Fair Director

Amy Verlanic

Montana Tech
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701
406.496.4289 (w)
406.491.0766 (c)

Science Fair Co-Director

Bernie Phelps

Montana Tech
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701
406.496.4565 (w)


Tammy Gordon

Montana Tech
1300 West Park
Butte, MT 59701
406.496.4136 (w)


Montana   Tech   Regional   Science   &   Engineering   Fair

Division   I   Awards

February 27, 2017

High School Students Win Big at Montana Tech Regional Science Fair

Today, 43 students from 6 Southwestern Montana high schools traveled to Montana Tech to compete in the 32nd annual Montana Tech Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Project topics ranged from the Ice Bucket Challenge: Pain Tolerance Vary Between Genders to Evaluating the Use of Methane Gas Produced by Compost for an In-Vessel Heating System.

“The enthusiasm these high school students have for their research is very evident and inspirational.  They are creative, inventive, and unwilling to accept what others might call impossibilities.  The projects this year were very impressive,” said Amanda Shroyer, Science Fair Director.

Over 20 professional scientists from Montana Tech, and the Southwestern Montana community interviewed students and provided the young researchers with feedback and advice to improve their projects. Many judges reported that they learned a lot from the students.  “A significant amount of money, time, and expertise is invested in administering the science fair.  From early outreach, to day-of operations, to bringing the winning students to other fairs and competitions, the work is taken seriously.  Montana Tech is proud to live up to its obligation of fostering and advancing the scientific interests of area youth,” said Amy Verlanic, Executive Director, Institute for Educational Opportunities.

The top two projects will travel to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA this May. All trip expenses are generously sponsored Montana Tech, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Northwestern Energy, Talen Energy. The winners are as follows: Grand 1st place – Shelby Kinch of Hellgate High School for her project The Role of PAGI and The SFKs In Neuroblastoma Tumor Formation and Invasion; Grand 2nd place – Joyce Liu of Sentinel High School for her project Investigating the Role of Pseudogenes as the Source of Conserved Non-Coding Elements in the Human Genome; Grand 3rd place – Ella DeGrandpre of Hellgate High School for her project Ion Exclusion in Partially Frozen Water and the Effect of the Newly Concentrated Water on Daphnia magna Mortality.

To learn more about Intel ISEF:

For a downloadable version of the full fair results click here.