UM Hosts Symposium to Showcase High School Student Research

May 14, 2014

MISSOULA –The University of Montana will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its annual high school health science symposium, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Co-hosted by UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences and the Department of Chemistry, this annual event showcases research conducted by high school students participating in the indoor air quality program, Clean Air and Healthy Homes.

The symposium will feature oral and poster presentations by students from schools throughout Montana, Idaho and Alaska. As part of the CEHS Science Education Partnership Award, the program provides technology and training to students, encouraging them to collaboratively research real-world air pollution problems such as the health effects of radon, carbon monoxide and particulate matter.

The symposium provides students the opportunity to effectively communicate their research findings to their peers, teachers, University mentors and the public.

 Also part of the CAHH program, UM scientists support professional development opportunities for teachers as an important strategy to promote biomedical science training and careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research Infrastructure Programs provide major funding for the symposium.

 “This 10-year anniversary symposium event will celebrate the continuing success and growing regional network of school systems committed to environmental health research for innovative STEM learning across our region,” said Tony Ward, UM associate professor.

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Contact: Diana Vanek, outreach coordinator, UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences, 406-546-4254,