$60K+ In Prizes To Be Awarded To GNOSEF 2017 Winners, Teachers, Schools

NEW ORLEANS – Nearly 400 middle and high school students from the Greater New Orleans area will display the results of their scientific inquiry at the 61st Annual Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF), Feb. 13-16, at the UNO Human Performance Center.

         More than $60,000 in cash/non-cash awards, prizes, grants and scholarships will be awarded to GNOSEF 2017 winners/teachers and schools, including a trip for four students and two teachers to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which draws over 1,600 students from 70 countries with more than $4 million in cash awards and prizes.

         Selected category winners at the GNOSEF in New Orleans are also eligible to compete for state honors at the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair (LSEF) held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, March 20-22, with those winners going on to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) to be held May 14-19 in Los Angeles.

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         New to GNOSEF this year, Entergy Corporation is providing a $1,000 “Powering the Future” scholarship to be awarded to the female, high school senior with an outstanding, promising project. The scholarship is part of a $10,000 grant Entergy made to Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair, Inc.

         “We are honored to support the Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair and the work they do to help power the minds of STEM students in our community,” said Patty Riddlebarger, director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Entergy Corporation. “While this scholarship recognizes an outstanding female student, we know that all of these bright young students will bring about incredible changes that will greatly benefit our community and, someday, the world.”

         The Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair schedule includes:

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Monday, Feb. 13

12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Middle School Student Project Setup


Tuesday, Feb. 14

 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Middle School Student Judging

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Middle School Public viewing

4:30 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m.

High School Student Project Setup


Wednesday, Feb. 15

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

High School Student Judging

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

High School Public viewing


Thursday, Feb. 16   

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

High School Public viewing

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony – UNO Ballroom


         Student exhibits will be on display to the public on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Admission is free and open to the community.

         Throughout the four-day event, students will be able to participate in social media contests featuring trivia questions and Instagram photos/ videos of their GNOSEF projects and experiences, making them eligible to win a variety of prizes.

         “This annual gathering of curious students and dedicated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers serves as an educational platform for creating a brighter future for everyone in our community,” said Annette Oertling, Ph.D., GNOSEF Fair director. “As we have for the past 61 years, we are committed to ensuring that students continue to pursue STEM careers, and promoting collaboration and interaction between area students, scientists and engineers.”

         Presented by the Greater New Orleans Science Fair Inc., H. Britton Sanderford, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation and Tulane University in partnership with Core Element, University of New Orleans, Women for a Better Louisiana and Entergy Corporation, the GNOSEF encourages independent student research in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”

         The fair is open to any student nominated by their middle or high school within the designated parishes. Entrants fall into two divisions: junior division, comprised of middle school students (grades 6-8), and senior division, comprised of high school students (grades 9-12).

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