American Students Among World's Top Young Scientists

American Students Among World's Top Young Scientists

ENS) – Two 19-year-old American students are among the seven best young environmental scientists in the world. Rachel Cox from Haughton, La., and Carol Anne Fassbinder from Elgin, Iowa, were awarded top honors at the Worldwide Young Researchers for the Environment (WYRE) Contest, staged at the world exhibition Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany.

Together with 141 other young people from 73 different countries, the American students were invited by Jugend forscht Foundation and Deutsche Bank to the Expo in Hanover for the first WYRE competition.

For her work on an environmentally sound, biological herbicide disposal method, Cox won a Grand Award (2,000 Euro) and an internship at Deutsche Unilever in Great Britain. Fassbinder developed a safe technique for exterminating a parasite harmful to honeybees, and won a Grand Award and an internship at Nestle.

The seven winning projects also included a plan for and demonstration of uses of geothermal geysers in New Zealand, improvements for water purification plants and a new technique for aquatic research.

In addition to the five Grand Awards, other major prizes presented include 11 invitations to the WYRE Research Camp 2001 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution near Boston. International corporations are sponsoring 23 internships.

The Youth Jury, consisting of former prize winners from the preceding Europe wide competitions awarded a cash prize for the most original project -- a device that makes usable water out of fog in the Namibian desert.

As recognition for their outstanding commitment, all 143 young researchers are now invited on a week long tour of Germany.

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