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Release: May 19, 1999

Iowa high school student is one of eight winners at national science symposium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Carol Fassbinder of Valley Community Schools, Elgin, winner of the Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held at the University of Iowa in February, was selected one of eight winners at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held May 15 in San Diego.

Fassbinder received a $16,000 scholarship to attend a college of her choice and an opportunity to participate as a London International Youth Science Fortnight Award winner in this summer’s London International Youth Science Forum. Her national JSHS prize is in addition to a $4,000 scholarship she received for winning the Iowa competition.

Fassbinder won for her paper, "Perillyl Acetate and Other Monoterpenoids as Possible Controls for the Varroa jacobsoni, a Destructive Honeybee Mite." Fassbinder’s science teacher and sponsor, Martha Berda, also accompanied Fassbinder to the National JSHS.

Four other Iowa high school students accompanied Fassbinder to the national competition. They are Katherine Ann Homan, West Des Moines Valley High School; Ashwin Srinivas, Fort Dodge Senior High School; Imelda R. Turner, Iowa City West High School; and Anna Wilhelm, West Central High School of Stuart.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program has been sponsored for more than three decades by the U.S. Department of the Army, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and by the Academy of Applied Science, Inc.