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SAN ANTONIO -- This year's ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair awarded top honors to more than 220 students during the two-day event which took place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center here.
Among those receiving awards were Ashwathi Mohan and Derek Lam, who were given the Best in Fair awards from a field of approximately 1,500 top middle and high school students from across Texas.
"We are proud to support initiatives, such as the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair, which encourage young people to investigate science and math topics they may not have the opportunity to explore inside a classroom," Truman Bell, senior program officer for education and diversity for ExxonMobil Foundation, said in a released statement. "Whatever their career goals, the experience and critical-thinking skills gained by participating in a science fair will aid students as they complete their education and embark into their future."
ExxonMobil served as title sponsor of the event for the eighth consecutive year and provided $75,000 to support the fair. According to a spokesperson, a portion of the grant went toward a diversity recruitment initiative, which assists qualified students with project and travel expenses.
"We are proud of our partnership with ExxonMobil and thankful for their ongoing support in making this fair possible for outstanding Texas students," Stuart Birnbaum, associate professor for the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and executive director of the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair, said in a released statement. "The sophistication and creativity of these projects grows each year and we congratulate all of this year's participants on a job well done."
In total, more than $225,000 in scholarships were awarded during the state competition, which celebrated its 22nd year and was presented by the Texas Science Careers Consortium and hosted by the UTSA. Grand prize winners in the senior division received all-expense paid trips to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which will be held May 11-17 in Atlanta.