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Ivy Tech Kokomo sets first high school biological science fair

Howard County students invited to compete for scholarships in STEM programs

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo is inviting Howard County high school juniors and seniors to show off their knowledge of science at the College’s first biological science fair set for February.

Tammy Greene, PhD, who serves as chair of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Life and Physical Sciences programs, said the fair will also offer local high science students an opportunity to compete for Ivy Tech scholarships with their displays on an experiment or literature review on the research theme of Environmental Biology. The first prize will be a $1000 scholarship to Ivy Tech for any STEM program with a $500 scholarship as second prize. Third prize will be a $250 gift card to the Ivy Tech Bookstore.

The fair is scheduled to open at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Hingst Hall in the new Health Professions Center on the campus at 1801 E. Morgan St. The deadline to register is Feb. 3. Complete information and rules for the fair, along with a link to the registration form, are available here:  https://www.ivytech.edu/kokomo/14017.html . Questions can be sent by email to Kokomo-sciencefair@ivytech.edu .

“We are working with local science teachers to share this opportunity for their students to learn more about Ivy Tech Kokomo’s new science education facilities and our associate transfer degree in biology,” Greene said, referring to the Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP) in biology that gives graduates the possibility of transferring to any state institution of higher education as a junior to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“With this program, approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Ivy Tech is able to offer a program majoring in biology that mirrors what students take in their first two years at a university,” she continued. “The degree provides training in introductory biology in the first year with majors-level chemistry along with classes in physics, molecular biology, genetics, and ecology in the second year.”

Students participating in the science fair will also hear from special guest speaker Edward Frazier, a past president of the Indiana Academy of Sciences. Greene said Frazier was her biology teacher at Speedway High School and an inspiration for her pursuit of a career in science.

With bachelor and master degrees in human biology from the University of Indianapolis and a doctorate in biological anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Greene now teaches many of the life science courses for Ivy Tech Kokomo. She can be reached at 765-252-5532 or tgreene30@ivytech.edu .