The 13th annual Women in Math and Science Essay Contest winners were awarded $50 and a certificate at the Jan. 26 th meeting of AAUW. Megan Edwards and Aspen Spears from

St. Bridget's and Layla Czaplewski and Xander Bastien from Meyer Middle School were this year's winners.

The contest is open to River Falls eighth graders and is judged by a panel of teachers using stated guidelines. Students researched and wrote essays about a woman of their choice in math and or science. The contest is held to raise awareness about the contributions of women in math and science.

After the presentation, students, their families and AAUW members listened to Katharine Hagen, River Falls native, speak about her experiences in the field of biochemistry. Hagen works for the U.S. Department of Defense as an analyst in bio-terrorism.