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For Immediate Release
March 16, 2017

Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair and Science and Society at IPFW Research Madness scheduled for this Saturday

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The 62nd annual Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NEIRSEF) will take place Saturday, March 18, at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Students in the Junior Division (grades 4–8) who placed in their local school science fair and students in the Senior Division (grades 9–12) will compete in the fair. The students represent an eight-county area including Adams, Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, Miami, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.

The fair will be held in Walb Student Union ballrooms, located at 2101 East Coliseum Boulevard. The day begins at 7:45 a.m. with student arrival and set-up, and judging will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The project displays will be open to the public for viewing from noon to 12:30 p.m. The event concludes with the award ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. Click here for the full schedule of events.

"For 62 years, this fair has provided the opportunity for students across northeast Indiana to present their investigations in science and accomplishments in engineering," said Matthew Perkins Coppola, assistant professor of science education and the director of NEIRSEF. "NEIRSEF is our opportunity to encourage, recognize, and celebrate their achievements as we cultivate a community of scientific inquiry and engineering design."

Winners of the NEIRSF will move on to the 29th annual Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair (HSEF) on Saturday, April 1, in the Campus Center at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Students in the Junior Division will be judged for prizes and awards while Senior Division winners will join the Indiana delegation in competition at the 2017 Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair, scheduled for May 14–19 in Los Angeles.

Indiana’s science and engineering fairs are set to highlight the importance and value of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and encourage students to pursue an education and career in the STEM field.

In collaboration with the NEIRSEF, Science and Society at IPFW (SASI) will be hosting the Research Madness event in the hallways of Walb Union from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The goal is to offer IPFW students and faculty the opportunity to share their research and projects with students participating in the fair, as well as their families. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about Research Madness, visit the SASI website.

"SASI's Research Madness is a unique event on campus because it not only involves sharing the research and scholarly activities of students and faculty with one another, but also with the greater northeast Indiana community," said Punya Nachappa, assistant professor of biology and chair of SASI. "By showcasing the high-quality research taking place on campus, it will broaden the public's understanding of the importance and value of scientific research at public universities like ours. We also believe that SASI will have a positive impact on recruitment and retention of high-caliber students and faculty at the university, resulting in greater community engagement and revenue growth."

For more information about NEIRSF, contact Matthew Perkins Coppola at 260-481-6516 or

For more information about SASI, contact Punya Nachappa at 260-481-6320 or