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Rx for Action

A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

Stewardship Project

Stewardship project contest deadline is May 24th

With students and teachers across the country working to educate the public about the importance of properly disposing pharmaceuticals and personal-care products, Sea Grant has decided to shine the spotlight on 20 student projects that have excelled in this area. "We want to highlight exemplary projects that demonstrate the best approaches for helping citizens understand this issue," said Robin Goettel, IISG associated director for education. "This contest gives students the opportunity to be recognized for their teamwork and resourcefulness."

Pharmaceuticals and personal-care products can impact the environment and can end up in local water sources if they are disposed of incorrectly, such as flushing medicine down the toilet. In fact, a 2008 Associated Press investigation found pharmaceuticals in the drinking water supplies of at least 46 million Americans. Proper disposal of unwanted medicine is one method of keeping these chemicals out of the environment.

To be eligible for the contest, students must be in 5th to 12th grade in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania or New York.
On the entry form, teachers should explain how the students chose, researched, planned, implemented and evaluated their project. 

Each project will be judged on organization, scientific accuracy, concise messaging, sources, originality and proper grammar and spelling. The 20 winners will be selected and announced by June 8, with a prize of a $100 education resource gift certificate.
All entries must be submitted electronically no later than May 24th to Goettel at goettel@illinois.edu. Visit here for more details on how to submit a project (click on Stewardship Project Contest).


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Posted by Laura Kammin at 10:27AM on 5/17/2012
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