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Annual Region IX,
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Event
500 HIGH SCHOOL
SCIENTISTS TO COMPETE AT SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY FEB.
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
– The Region IX Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science
competition will return to Slippery Rock University for its eighth
consecutive year on Feb. 26 again offering the top students more
than $12,000 in SRU scholarships and other
Open to seventh through
12th graders, the budding scientists will present
results of their junior high and high school science research
projects. Participating schools include those from the
following counties: Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Indiana,
Jefferson, Lawrence and Mercer
“The program is
usually of interest to students eyeing opportunities in math and
science,” says Dr. William Sigmund, SRU biology
professor and coordinator of the on-campus portion of the program.
“It also affords the university the chance to show off the
campus and its programs to potential students considering enrolling
In addition to the
four-year SRU scholarships, presented to the top senior and the top
junior, the program offers $100 each to the top senior and junior
presented by Sigma XI, the SRU chapter of the national scientific
research society. Top presenters in each discipline also earn cash
or bond awards from the Region IX committee or other program
sponsors. SRU’s mathematics department presents a $100 award
to the top senior and junior involved in mathematics
College faculty, high
school teachers, business leaders, medical professions and college
students will serve as judges as competitors offer 10-minute oral
presentations discussing results of their independent research
projects. Judges may ask questions before rating the
presentation. "First Place" winners earn the right to compete
at the state competition in May.
Judges will attend an
11:15 a.m. complimentary luncheon in Boozel Dining Hall where they
will be welcomed to campus by SRU President Robert Smith. Student
scientists will assemble for an orientation meeting at 12:45 p.m.
in the University Union and presentations will run throughout the
afternoon followed by a 6 p.m. awards ceremony in the union
preceded by dinner in Weisenfluh Dining Hall.
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