USF welcomes Joliet Diocese schools science fair

How does road salt runoff affect farm crops? Is plant growth affected by electromagnetic fields? These are just some of the many scientific questions that may be answered by experiments conducted by students from Catholic schools in the Joliet Diocese.

More than 500 sixth through eighth graders and high school students will gather on March 7 for the annual Diocesan Science Fair at the University of St. Francis (USF), which has been host to the event for 26 years. Students come from the 49 Catholic grade schools and seven high schools located in DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall and Will counties to set up experiments and present their findings, according to Chuck Beutel, USF vice president for Admission and Enrollment Services and science fair organizer.

“The science fair is very exciting for the students and for the many USF faculty and administrators who serve as judges,” said Beutel. “This is a great showcase for the work of our Catholic grade and high school students. USF is pleased that we have been a part of this great educational tradition.”

Winners from March 7 science fair advance to the state finals in early May.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit

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