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UT Arlington College of Science receives $50,000 grant from ExxonMobil Foundation for Science Ambassador Program

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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Media Contact: Teresa Newton

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science has received a $50,000 grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation to continue the UT Arlington ExxonMobil Science Ambassador Program.

Since the program's inception in October 2007, the Science Ambassadors have performed more than 200 science shows for about 16,000 students from elementary, middle and high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Science Ambassadors are a group of undergraduate students who present free science shows to school groups visiting the UT Arlington campus. The typical show lasts around 45 minutes and has 10 to 12 science demonstrations. The Science Ambassadors also have taken the show to area schools' Science Nights and have served as science fair judges.

The science show initially was developed by Dr. Greg Hale, the assistant dean of the College of Science. The show is based on demonstrations Hale and Dr. Fred MacDonnell, a chemistry professor, have done for UT Arlington visitors and at area schools for many years. In the past 18 months, the Science Ambassadors have developed new demonstrations and are continually revising old ones to make them more exciting.

Visit the Science Ambassador Web site at


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