Science Salon is a forum for professional scientists in Minnesota to stay current on groundbreaking research and emerging technologies, engage in cross-disciplinary social interactions and networking, and participate in philanthropic activities. The meeting format will vary and include: speakers, networking, science cafe, science quiz bowl and other activities. On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Science Salon hosted a seminar at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory featuring Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos. Dr. Sotiropoulos is the James L. Record Professor of Civil Engineering and the Director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.
Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium
The Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium provides the opportunity for individuals involved in science to meet their colleagues in colleges, industry, and government and to hear or present the results of research with a regional emphasis. The event also allows a forum for undergraduate students to present their research to a broad audience. The meeting location is rotated throughout the state of Minnesota. The 83rd Annual Meeting & 29th Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium will be hosted at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities on Friday, April 29, 2016.
State Science & Engineering Fair
Since 1938, the Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) has been the pinnacle of project-based STEM education in Minnesota. The program showcases Minnesota's best and brightest students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The annual State Science & Engineering Fair is for students in grades 6-12. It is the culmination of Regional Science Fairs occurring throughout the state. Middle school students may participate with a project, a research paper or both; high school students may participate with a project. High school students wishing to present a research paper compete in the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS). In 2016, JSHS will be held April 2-3 and State Science &Engineering Fair will be held April 3-5.
Students compete in teams solving technical problems and answering questions in all branches of science and math. The one-day competition is conducted in a fast-paced question and answer format. Teams go head-to-head and ring in to answer questions, just like the TV show Jeopardy. Each team plays multiple games in a round robin tournament with the chance to advance to a double-elimination championship. The Minnesota Science Bowls are two separate events: one for middle school students (grades 6-8) and the other for high school students (grades 9-12). One winning team from each Science Bowl qualifies to represent Minnesota and compete at the National Science Bowl, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., all expenses paid.