More than 100 high school students from across the state participated in the second annual Polymer Science High School Day Jan. 28 at The University of Southern Mississippi, hosted by its School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.
Andrew Jones, a University of Southern Mississippi polymer science undergraduate student from Hattiesburg, discusses how molten polymer is pushed through an extrusion device and then cooled for injection molding in materials production during a demonstration tour at the second annual High School Polymer Science Day at the university. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)
Designed to encourage interest in science among high school students, the day’s events included a written examination and a quiz bowl giving students a chance to test their knowledge about polymer science. Other activities included demonstrations of experiments using polymer materials; problem solving activities; and tours of the university’s internationally renowned polymer science research facilities, where they interacted with Southern Miss polymer science faculty and students.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – High school students from across the state will converge on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus Friday, Jan. 28 to participate in the second annual Polymer Science High School Competition. It will be held in the Polymer Science Research Center from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., concluding with an awards ceremony.
Hosted by the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, the competition is designed to encourage interest in science, including academic and career opportunities, among high school students. It will include a written examination and a quiz bowl giving students a chance to test their knowledge about polymer science.
Other scheduled activities will include demonstrations of experiments using polymer materials, problem solving activities and tours of the university’s internationally renowned polymer science research facilities. During their visit, these high school students will have the opportunity to interact with polymer science faculty and students.
Mississippi is the only state with high school polymer science programs. The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI), located at Southern Miss, plays a key role in the establishment of these programs.
For more information about the Polymer Science High School Competition, contact Kim Luck at 601.266.5618 or e-mail email@example.com. For information about Southern Miss’ programs in polymer science, online visit www.usm.edu/polymer