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 Junior scientists invade University for annual PJAS competition 




February 12, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199



Junior scientists invade University for annual PJAS competition

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly every area of science will be represented when 500 seventh- through 12th -grade scientists converge on Slippery Rock University Feb. 24 for the annual Region IX meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition. The budding researchers will compete for $24,000 in SRU scholarships.

           This year's academy marks the organization's 50th annual meeting, the 10th at SRU. The region includes students from Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence and Mercer counties.

           Two, four-year scholarships will be presented to the top senior and junior electing to attend SRU.

           Participating students present an eight- to 10-minute session detailing their research project to a three-judge panel, which may then ask questions. Those earning "First Place" honors move on to compete at the state level in May.

           In addition to the scholarships, $100 awards from Sigma XI, the SRU chapter of the national scientific research society, will be presented to the top senior and junior. SRU's mathematics department will award $100 to the top senior and junior high school students who presents a mathematics-related project, and SRU's biology department will award $100 to the top senior and junior in the biology-related presentations. Top presenters in each science discipline also receive prizes from the PJAS.

           "This event gives 500 science students and budding researchers an opportunity to visit our campus and expand their interests in the sciences through exposure to the work of others and by talking with experts in the field," said William R. Sigmund, SRU biology professor and campus coordinator. "The energy of these young scientists at the awards ceremony is inspiring."

           SRU President Robert Smith will welcome the event's 175 judges at an 11:15 a.m. luncheon in Boozel Dining Hall. Judges include college professors, high school teachers, business leaders, medical professionals and college students.

            The students will gather for a 12:45 p.m. opening orientation in the University Union. William Williams, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will be on hand for the 6 p.m. awards ceremony.

           For more information contact Sigmund at 724-738-2481.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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