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Feb. 20: 65th Annual Middle School and Senior High Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Event to take place in Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-17-2016

Mankato, Minn. – The 65th annual Middle School and Senior High Science and Engineering Fair will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus.

The exhibit hall will be free and open to the public from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and all are welcome to stop in and support the hard work of these future scientists. An award ceremony in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium will begin at 3 p.m. and is also open to the public.

The Southern Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair, hosted by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology, will include approximately 201 students, 182 projects and 18 papers. The participating students represent 27 southern Minnesota counties.

Students will display projects and provide oral presentations while competing to earn awards from event sponsors and the opportunity to advance to state and international science and engineering competitions.

An elementary school science fair will be held Saturday, April 30 at Minnesota State Mankato.

Four students who competed at the 2015 Middle School and Senior High Science and Engineering Fair at Minnesota State Mankato advanced to the 2015 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) that was held in Pittsburgh, Pa., from May 9-16. All four students placed at ISEF.

They included (pictured left to right in photo provided courtesy of Christine Butler): Ellen Roufs from New Ulm, Minn. (Cathedral High School); Brian Prchal from Montgomery, Minn. (New Prague High School); Isaiah Croatt from Lakefield, Minn. (Jackson County South Central High School); and Jonah Butler from Glencoe, Minn. (Sibley East High School).

The students’ 2015 projects and awards are listed below:

  • Jonah Butler – “Employing White-Rot Fungi for Superior Delignification Combined with Fungal Biosynthesis to Produce Biofuels” – Second Award $1,500
  • Ellen Roufs – “Reducing Carcinogenic Toxins in Milk: Examining the Effects of Using Probiotic Bacteria to Bind Aflatoxin M1” – Third Award $1,000
  • Isaiah Croatt – “Computer Input and Therapy for the Physically Impaired” – Fourth Award $500
  • Brian Prchal – “Battle of the Diesels: A Comparison of B-10 Diesel vs. B-100 Homemade Biodiesel for Efficiency and Exhaust Analysis” – Fourth Award $500

A full list of awards at the 2015 International Science and Engineering Fair is available here.

For more information about any of the science fairs held at Minnesota State Mankato, please call 507-389-2849 or send an email to

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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