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State Science and Technology Fair Receives Grant from Monsanto Fund

State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa

11/23/2009

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa 4-H Foundation has received $15,300 from the Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to support the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa March 26-27, 2010, on the Iowa State University campus. The fair encourages youth in grades six to 12 to bring in science projects, which are judged by professionals in the science and engineering fields.

 

“Monsanto is a great sponsor for our fair,” said director Andrea Spencer. “They continue to host the senior high students, and every year that division seems to grow. They make it such a great experience for the students.”

 

The grant will be used to fund the location of the fair, dinner on Saturday night and all the awards and prizes for more than 120 high school students. It also will sponsor the top three project winners to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Cal., in May 2010.

 

“Monsanto is committed to supporting the communities where we do business and specifically supporting the education and training of our next generation of scientists,” said Travis Frey, Monsanto Trait Integration Innovation and Entomology Lead, Monsanto Company.

 

About the Monsanto Fund

 

The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company.  Incorporated in 1964, the Fund’s primary objective is to improve the lives of people by bridging the gap between their needs and their resources. The Monsanto Fund is focused on grant-making in four main areas: nutritional well-being through agriculture; science education, primarily on professional development for teachers; the environment, which includes conservation, protection of bio-diversity, clean water and restoration of wildlife habitat; and improving the quality of life in communities where Monsanto employees live and work.

 

Visit the Monsanto Fund at http://www.monsantofund.org/asp/welcome.asp.

 

Learn more about the science fair

 

ISU Extension is a sponsor of the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa. Learn more about the science fair at http://www.sciencefairofiowa.org/.

 

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Contacts :

Andrea Spencer, State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa Director, (515) 460-5559, aspence@iastate.edu

Travis Frey, Monsanto Corn Discovery and Pathology Lead, (515) 694-5897, travis.james.frey@monsanto.com.

Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, hmac@iastate.edu

 

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations (515) 294-0775, lsternw@iastate.edu