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Volunteers and Judges Sought for Regional Science and Engineering Fair


BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 31, 2013 – The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College will host the 53rd annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16.


Science and Engineering FairThe event will have more than 500 projects in the middle and high school divisions. Participants will be from Brownsville to Laredo.


Middle school students will compete at the university’s International Technology, Education and Commerce Center on Mexico Boulevard. High school students will have their projects at the Recreation, Education and Kinesiology Center on University Boulevard. Set-up for projects will take place the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 15.


“We are excited about having these future scientists and engineering students on our campus,” said Javier Garcia, Science and Engineering Fair Director and Program Director for the South Texas Engineering Math and Science Program. “This is giving them the ability to visit the university and to meet our faculty, students and administration.”


Volunteers are needed both days to set up projects, guide visitors and make sure participation paperwork is complete. For more information, contact Liza M. Dimas, Special Projects Coordinator in the Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs, at 956-882-6588 or


Judges are needed for the events at both sites from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. People interested in being judges can contact Gustavo Valencia, Clinical Assistant Professor for the UTeach Program, at


The awards ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at a campus location to be announced. The top three high school winners will be sponsored by the university and advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2013 from Sunday, May 12 to Friday, May 17 in Phoenix.


The first regional science and engineering fair was held in 1960 and for several years took place at the Elks Lodge in Harlingen. Some of the event’s earliest leaders were the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District and Raul A. Besteiro Jr., a longtime Brownsville Independent School District employee and former Director of the Port of Brownsville.

For more event information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact the South Texas Engineering Math and Science Program at 956-882-5058 or

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