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 500 High School Scientists to Compete at Junior Academy of Science Event at SRU 




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Annual Region IX, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Event --


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 awards.


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 at SRU.”


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 presentations.


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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