UM Health Science Symposium to Feature Student Air Quality Research

May 10, 2019

UM News Service

MISSOULA – Members of the public are invited to attend the 15th annual Research Education on Air and Cardiovascular Health Environmental Health Science Symposium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the University of Montana. 

Nearly 200 high school students from schools across western Montana, including Charlo, Helena, Corvallis, Anaconda and Missoula, will present their air quality research findings. Students learned about the risks associated with prolonged exposure to three major air pollutants: particulate matter, radon and carbon monoxide. Their research primarily focused on measuring air pollution levels within homes, schools and local businesses. Top research projects will be recognized with special awards

The event provides an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about how students are addressing common air pollution issues within their communities. Previous award-winning projects include: “Carbon Monoxide Produced During Combustion of Wood Based on Moisture Content,” “Effect of Different Running Surfaces on a Runner's Exposure to PM2.5,” “Bioremediation of Air Pollution Due to Wildfires” and “Rampant Radon Remediation: Attempting to Reduce Radon Levels in the Basement of Superior High School.”

The symposium, which is hosted by UM’s School of Public and Community Health Sciences and the Department of Chemistry, is divided into two divisions: a poster session and PowerPoint presentations. Posters can be viewed in the main lobby of the Skaggs Building on May 14, and PowerPoint presentations will take place between 10 a.m. and noon in the North Underground Urey Lecture Hall. The awards ceremony will begin at 1:35 p.m. and conclude by 2 p.m.

 The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the National Institute of Health’s Science Education Partnership Award Program provide major funding and support for this event.

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Contact: Brett Taylor, education coordinator, UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences, 406-243-4861, brett.taylor@mso.umt.edu.