NREL Rewards Teenaged Renewable Energy Expert at International Competition

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Golden, Colo., May 14, 1998 — The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Midwest Research Institute selected Josephine Norris from Detroit, Mich. to receive a special renewable energy award at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Fort Worth, Texas. Norris will receive $500 and a plaque today in recognition of her exemplary science project on renewable energy resources.

Held annually since 1950, ISEF brings together more than 1,000 of the brightest young scientists from across the globe to compete in what is known as the Olympics of science fairs. As the only international science project competition for 9th - 12th graders, ISEF is the crowning achievement in high school science competitions.

Josephine Norris is a 14-year-old student at Detroit High School of the Fine and Performing Arts. She will receive the award from NREL and Midwest Research Institute, a not-for-profit research organization headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., which manages and operates NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy. NREL is the nation's leading laboratory for renewable energy research and technology development and is located in Golden, Colo.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas at 5:30 p.m. today.