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MSU student places in NASA science communications contest

May 11, 2012 -- MSU News Service

Hillary Stacey of Great Falls was one of the top five contestants in a science communications competition sponsored by NASA. (Photo courtesy of Hillary Stacey).    High-Res Available

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hillary Stacey, a Montana State University chemistry major from Great Falls, was one of the top five contestants in a science communications competition sponsored by NASA.

The competition, called FameLab Astrobiology, took place at the headquarters of National Geographic in Washington, D.C. on March 9. In the competition, early career scientists must convey their own research or related science concepts through two three-minute presentations with no slides or charts, just words and anything they can hold in their hands.

Stacey spoke about MSU's astrobiology research in Yellowstone National Park and presented before 200 people and a panel of judges. She was representing the university's NASA Astrobiology Institute team, the Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center.

Stacey placed in the top five of 24 competitors. As a top competitor, Stacey was entered into a drawing to present again at the national Astrobiology Science Conference in Atlanta, but was not the winner of the random drawing.

Stacey also had the opportunity to attend science communications workshops throughout the day.

Stacey plans to become a high school chemistry teacher. Her talks at FameLab Astrobiology can be viewed at

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or