University welcomes Canada-Wide Science Fair participants, organizers

The University of Lethbridge is excited to welcome the country's top young scientists to campus, May 11 to May 18, as the 52nd annual Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) 2013 comes to Lethbridge.

Approximately 1,100 students, chaperones, judges, sponsors and dignitaries are expected to attend CWSF 2013, an event that will award close to $1 million in cash, prizes and scholarships to the best students.

There are public viewing days scheduled, along with school visits, and many innovative, hands-on activities designed for the science fair participants that have been created and organised by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members at the U of L, Lethbridge College, and other partner groups throughout the city and region.

Featuring the top 400 science projects by students from Grades 7 to 12 in the country, CWSF 2013 is a showcase of Canada's top young scientific minds.

"As Canada's Research University of the Year 2012 (undergraduate category), we are uniquely suited to host this event and could not be more excited to open our doors to these bright young scientists," says University of Lethbridge President, Dr. Mike Mahon.

As the host venue, the University of Lethbridge's faculty, staff and students will play a major role in the success of CWSF 2013.

A total of 78 of the Fair's 300-plus judges are U of L faculty and staff members, while more than 150 people from throughout the community are acting as volunteers in helping to create a lifelong memorable experience for the participants and their families.

In addition to the display and judging of projects, CWSF 2013 offers participants exciting opportunities to experience all that the University of Lethbridge and southern Alberta has to offer.

As well, the fair provides local area school children the chance to view and interact with the projects on display as over 2,700 children will visit the U of L through school tours.

Discovery Day, Monday, May 13, is an opportunity for the finalists and delegates attending the CWSF to learn about the exciting multidisciplinary research activities at the U of L.

From 1:30 to 5 p.m., participants will be able to choose two activities from a total of 25 being offered that showcase everything from physics, chemistry and biochemistry to new media, fine arts and neuroscience.

"We're pleased to be able to show off some of the research activities that are taking place here at the U of L every day and in a variety of disciplines," says Mahon. "We expect this will give our guests a real taste of the student experience here at the U of L and what makes this Alberta's Destination University."

Throughout the week, the general public is encouraged to view the projects on display in the 1st Choice Savings Centre Gymnasium. Public viewing times are available Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday and are listed below.

Public Viewing Times (1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness Gymnasium)
Free admission / Free Parking in Lot E

Sunday, May 12 -- 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, May 13 -- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, May 16 -- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Friday, May 17 -- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.