University of Vermont

HS Engineering Students enrolled in the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute to Represent the U.S. at 7th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) –in India



High school engineering students from VT and NY will represent the United States at the 7th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) to be held September 11-19, 2013 in Mysore, India.  During the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute, 113 students were provided the opportunity to study to qualify to represent the U.S. at the 7th IESO.  (The UVM/GIV Engineering Institute, sponsored by the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV), was held June 22-29, 2013.)    The 2013 IESO high school student U.S. representatives are:

John Treadwell, Burlington, VT

Evan Trus, Charlotte, VT 

Rachel Lu, Manhasset, NY

Jennifer Wang, Dix Hills, NY

Sophie McKeever-Parkes, Salisbury, VT

Kate DaPolito, Middlebury, VT

Javin Towers, Morrisville, VT

Jacob Hochstrasser, Derby Line, VT

These high school students will travel to Mysore, India with mentors Tom and Beth Tailer from Essex, VT, co-directors of the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute, to continue their learning experience as they work with international students on the world’s environmental problems. The focus of the IESO is on sustainability issues such as climate change. 

Student participants from UVM/GIV Engineering Institute have represented the U.S. since its inception in 2007 and have been recognized with bronze and silver medals. The IESO was hosted in 2007 by South Korea, in 2008 by the Philippines, in 2009 by Taiwan, in 2010 by Indonesia, in 2011 by Italy, and in 2012 by Argentina.

The IESO is one of the key activities of the International Geoscience Education Organization (IGEO) whose goal is to enhance the quality of geoscience education internationally and to raise awareness of geoscience.  For more information on the 2013 IESO to be held in Mysore, India visit:

2013 IESO contact:
Tom Tailer, 879-9486   Tom Tailor
Executive director of International Earth Science Olympiad USA and the co-director of the Governor's Institute program in engineering. (The IESO Olympiad is set to take place at the University of Vermont in 2014).

UVM/GIV Engineering Institute

The UVM/GIV Engineering Institute provides high school students interested in careers in mathematics, engineering and computer science with hands-on engineering projects related to sustainable engineering practices such as: Renewable/Sustainable Energy, to examine the power and impact of solar, wind and biomass, and conversion of bicycle power to process food; Robotics, to apply artificial intelligence to perform specific tasks; Aerospace Engineering, to create prototype aeronautical devices and atmospheric probes; Civil Engineering, to design trusses related to infrastructure for the world; Electrical Engineering,  to explore how to convert electricity into other practical uses such as sound, light, and motion; Engineering Design, to create solutions for bone femur repair; and Earth Systems Engineering, to examine the impact engineering has on our environment.

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Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV)

The UVM/GIV Engineering Institute is one of seven Governor’s Institutes of Vermont offered in Vermont. GIV also offers Institutes on: Asian Cultures (sponsored by the UVM, Asian Studies Program); Arts (sponsored by Castleton State College, Castleton, VT); Current Issues & Youth Activism (sponsored by the School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT); Information Technology, Science & Technology (sponsored by the UVM Department of Geology); and the Mathematical Sciences( sponsored by UVM CEMS Department of Mathematics & Statistics). For more information on the GIV Institutes, visit:

GIV Contact:
Karen Taylor Mitchell 802-865-448