For years, AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield has been a committed sponsor of the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair, providing both judges and special recognition of outstanding science projects entered by female students, including monetary awards. In 2020, the Science Fair, previously held as an in-person event, became an online e-fair.
Our judges, Sandra Murdock and Jean Elliott, had no trouble selecting two outstanding projects online. The two girls from the Honors Division who were our 2020 AAUW B-C awardees were Rayna Friedman, whose entry was “Effects of Non-Pharmaceutical Treatments of Music Therapy & Aromatized Essential Oil on Blood Pressure,” and Margie Lodes, whose entry was “Effects of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals on Crayfish in a Freshwater Ecosystem.” Both projects were well thought out and interesting. The girls each received a MOST 529 scholarship for college and a congratulatory letter from our branch.