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BSHS Senior Awarded Grant to Study Snow Pollution


December 19, 2018

Tyler Schwarzbach, a senior at Big Sandy High School has been awarded a grant from the Dr. David W. Baker Memorial Student-Science Foundation to study Glyphosate concentrations in snowfall.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in herbicides like Roundup, has been linked to several health conditions in the last several years. It has been found in rainwater, but it is not known if it is also found in snow. This project will look for the presence of this chemical in snow collected in the Big Sandy area and attempt to identify patterns of weather origin if the chemical is present.

The Dr. David W. Baker Memorial Student-Science foundation (DWBF), based out of Great Falls, was established to promote greater scientific knowledge and competency in the United States by enhancing science education for middle and high school students. Dr. Baker was an earth scientist (geologist by training) who dedicated himself in the later years of his life to mentoring middle and high school


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