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Franze Receives Mentor Award

Photo: Carol FranzeLouisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter extension agent Carol Franze is one of four recipients of the 2022 Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF) Mentor Award.

The award is presented to teachers and other mentors who have gone the extra mile to support many students’ successful competition in the science fair, according to GNOSEF. Students were surveyed and asked for their recommendations for award recipients, GNOSEF added.

“I also work with Carol in connection with the Louisiana Master Naturalist of Greater New Orleans chapter,” said Janell Simpson, with the GNOSEF Scientific Review Committee. “She is one of the workshop educators teaching adults about the significance of the marsh environment to coastal Louisiana. She always handles questions well and is ready to correct misconceptions,” Simpson added.

Franze is a marine extension agent in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.

The Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair is one of the oldest such fairs in the nation, with the first “New Orleans Regional Science Fair” held in 1956. The mission of the GNOSEF is to encourage independent student research in science and engineering, to encourage youth to pursue science, math or engineering careers, and to promote collaboration and interaction between area students and scientists and engineers.