Student Scientists Take Center Stage at Coriell Science Fair

March 2016

Students, teachers, parents and family convened to celebrate the sciences in March at the 35th Annual Coriell Science Fair.

A community-driven event involving schools in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, the longest running South Jersey science fair is an opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to showcase their aptitude and engage with scientific professionals.

"Every great scientist shares at least one important commonality," says Dr. Michael Christman, president and CEO of Coriell Institute, "and that is the determination to ask questions and seek answers. It's a trait these students have nurtured from a young age and it's encouraging to witness firsthand how dedicated they are to exploring concepts and testing boundaries."

With the support of teachers and parents alike, Coriell Fair participants spend months outlining and conducting experiments, recording results and then preparing detailed poster boards to display on Fair day. A panel of volunteer judges composed of professors, scientists, business and health experts interview the students and evaluate the projects.

Top finishers at the Coriell Fair advance to the regional finals – the Delaware Valley Science Fair – March 29-31 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania.
Additionally, category winners and standout entries were recognized with awards, monetary prizes and college scholarships.

Key sponsors for this year's Science Fair include TD Bank, Camden County College, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Dow Chemical Company, PSE&G, Rowan College at Burlington County and Rowan College at Gloucester County.

For more information about the Coriell Science Fair, including a list of winners and an event program book, please visit www.coriell.org/education/science-fair.

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About Coriell Institute

Coriell Institute for Medical Research is a pioneer in genomics, examining the utility of genetic information in clinical care through the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC) research study (cpmc.coriell.org). The Institute is also unlocking the promise of induced pluripotent stem cells and their role in disease research and drug discovery. Additionally, Coriell continues to be recognized as the world's leading biobank, distributing biological samples and offering research and biobanking services to scientists around the globe. For more information, visit www.coriell.org or follow @Coriell_Science.