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 500 High School Scientists/Researchers to Visit SRU Saturday 




Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail:

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


          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Some 500 scientist hopefuls will bring their experiments to Slippery Rock University on Saturday [Feb. 28] as part of the Region IX, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition. The two top winners of the competition receive $12,000 scholarships to SRU and other awards.

           This is the seventh consecutive year the academy has elected to hold its event at SRU.

          The program is open to seventh through 12th graders who present the results of their junior high and high school science research projects. Students from schools in the following counties will participate: 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 scholarships, presented to the top senior and the top junior, the program offers $100 to the top senior and $50 to the top junior from 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 also presents a $100 award to the top senior and junior involved in mathematics presentations.

Judges for the event include college faculty, high school teachers, business leaders and medical professions and college students. Competitors offer 10-minute oral presentations to discuss the results of their independent research projects and may be asked questions. then each judge independently rates 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. 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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