Student showing science project to judges

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Thursday, March 30, 2023, will be the 40th year of the Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics Fair, sponsored by Northern State University, 3M of Aberdeen and the Aberdeen Area Community Foundation.  

The day starts out with approximately 50-60 judges from Aberdeen and surrounding areas judging projects and interviewing students.

Projects will be judged in the morning and will be open for public viewing from 1-7 p.m. only in the Barnett Center gym. The science fair awards ceremony, open to the public and free of charge, will begin at 6 p.m. in Johnson Fine Arts Center Room 181.

Fourteen schools from the surrounding area and about 200 students in grades 6-12 participate in the fair annually. The students come from Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hyde, Marshall, McPherson, Roberts, Spink and Walworth counties.
The top two senior high individuals and top senior high team (consisting of two students) will receive an all-expense paid trip to Dallas, Texas, to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair from May 14-19. The students will compete there for several large cash awards and other prizes such as free college tuition.

Junior and senior high science bowls, held in conjunction with the fair, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to attend.

The science fair is under the direction of Dr. Jodie Ramsay, Professor of Biology, and Jessica Furney, secretary of the Science and Math Department.

Chairing the senior science bowl will be Megan Howard, NSU master teacher at the E-Learning Center. The NSU Honors Program will be responsible for organizing the junior science bowl.
About Northern State University  

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.