Member Highlight - Del Ruff

 Table of Contents  

Message from
the President
Science Leadership
Fellows Update 
Meet the Board:
Inman and Crobin
Mountains to the Sea:
East and West
Linda Stroud
Receives Award
Spring Meeting Recap
Member Highlight:
Dell Ruff

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rufCongratulations! North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) Board of Directors Member Del L. Ruff , Director of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs at the Public School Forum of North Carolina, is the newly elected Chairperson of the North Carolina Science and Engineering Foundation (starting July 1,2016). I am extremely excited to work with a group of professionals dedicated to promoting science and engineering research by elementary, middle, and high school students and partners with teachers to integrate student scientific research into science education, both formal and informal states Ruff. Our previous Chairperson, Keith Beamon (NCSLA member) has done a fantastic job in continuing the growth. I have learned so much through his leadership and would like to say Thank you for all that he has accomplished in his tenure and will continue to accomplish as previous Chairperson.

NCSFF organizes the state science and engineering fair to showcase and celebrate student research and learning from across North Carolina. Students who are selected to participate in the state fair primarily come from the 8 regional fairs (Regional Directors and regions served) held throughout North Carolina. The North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF) is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). ISEF is organized by the Society for Science & the Public which is dedicated to the public engagement in scientific research and education. Through this affiliation, selected NCSEF students progress to compete in the Broadcom Master’s Program for grades 5-8 and the ISEF for grades 9-12. ISEF provides the rules and regulations governing student engaged research and safety for the NCSEF.

In 2016, there were 17 projects selected to represent North Carolina. Of our 17 projects, 7 received a Special or Grand Award! Here are our National award winners and projects from North Carolina. We recognize that providing students with these opportunities require developing educators. NCSFF offers Inspiring Innovation in Student Research Workshops several times during the Summer. This training is for formal and informal educators wishing to learn how to inspire North Carolina students to conduct independent research, learning how to assist students in topic selection, time management, and presentation of science and engineering research projects, and planning their own school science and engineering research competition. Currently these workshops are sponsored by the Biogen Foundation. Registration is currently open and seats are filling fast!!!

When Ruff was asked what does he see for the NCSFF during his two year tenure? He stated, “I hope we are able to increase our retention of student participants from grades 3-8 and see them continue to participate in high school; in general I would like to see an increase in the number of high school students who participate in NCSEF; work to provide a link to the STEM workforce through engaging our NC STEM industry as not only sponsors but engaging their regional directors to support regional fairs and students through shadowing opportunities and mentoring support for research; Lastly, I would like to see an increase in diversity amongst participants and educators. Our diversity efforts are not only to increase students and educators of color, but also to increase our socio-economic diversity, regional diversity of participants and educators in North Carolina, and diversity of domain of instruction (formal and informal education).

Congratulations again to Mr. Del L. Ruff on his new role within the North Carolina Science and Engineering Foundation.

The North Carolina Science Fair Foundation (NCSFF) is a non-profit educational organization that is the proud sponsor of the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF). The NCSFF supports the NCSEF through fundraising and outreach to inspire innovation and excellence in student research. For more information about the organization and how to support, please go to: