Science Outreach Activities and News

Science Fair for Middle and High School Students:  March 9, 2013  1-3:30

Cordiner Hall Foyer, Whitman College

This past May, Whitman College sponspored its first science fair for area middle school students (grades 6-8). A small cohort of students presented their projects to Whitman judges Andrea Dobson, Marion Gotz, Tim Machonkin, Dalia Rokhsana and Rachna Sinnott. The winning project was an investigation by Washington Virtual Academy student, Taiko Cantil, focused on a comparison of spoilage betwen home-cooked food and food from a fast-food restaurant chain. Thank you to Darin Durand, science teacher at Sager Middle School in College Place, for his support in having the greatest number of student participants.

This year, with generous support from a grant from the George T. Welch Trust, we will be able to extend the science fair to include students in grades 6-12.  

There is funding available to help off-set the cost of materials for student projects and Whitman students and staff have volunteered to mentor students as they develop their science projects.  Projects should be done by individual students, rather than in groups.  Students will need to be at the science fair on March 9 with their poster presentations and be prepared to discuss their project with the judges.  Judges might ask you questions such as:

  • Where did you get your idea for this project?
  • What worked will with your investigation?  What didn't work so well?
  • Is there anything you would do differently next time?  What?
  • What did you enjoy about this project?
  • They might also ask you specific questions about your hypothesis and the data you collected.


  • Overall Grand Prize (grades 6-12)  iPad mini with case

High School Division- Grades 9-12:

  • 1st prize  Microscope and Microscopic Life Kit
  • 2nd prize  $30 gift card to Whitman College Bookstore
  • 3rd prize  $15 gift card to Whitman College Bookstore

Middle School Division

  • 1st prize  Microscope and Microscopic Life Kit
  • 2nd prize  $30 gift card to Whitman College Bookstore
  • 3rd prize  $15 gift card to Whitman College Bookstore

Honorable Mentions:  various prizes available 

*All participants will receive a certificate of participation from Whitman College, signed by President Bridges. 

Science Fair Registration is available here or from your teacher.  Please contact Mary Burt, Science Outreach Coordinator, at 522-4441 or for more information.

For project guidelines, see Developing Your Science Project

More information for teachers can be found at Teacher Guidelines for Science Fair

Looking for more help?  Here is a neat video series on "How to Do a Science Fair Project" put together by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.

Whitman Science Volunteers:

WISE ReunionScience students are volunteering in local classrooms!  Whitman students are assisting in the science classrooms at Garrison Middle School, Pioneer Middle School, Walla Walla High School, Sharpstein Elementary School and Blue Ridge Elementary School.

Are you a student who would like to get involved?  Are you a teacher who would like to connect with science resources available at Whitman College?  Contact Mary Burt at

Other Science Outreach Activities:

Outreach Newsletter Fall 2009 

Outreach Newsletter Winter 2009-2010

Outreach Newsletter Spring 2010

Outreach Newsletter Fall 2012