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The 2012 PJAS Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2012

 

            

54th Annual Region IX Meeting
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science
Slippery Rock University

February 26, 2011

2011 PJAS Meeting Photo Page

2011 PJAS Awards Ceremony

2011 PJAS Judges Meeting

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The Region IX Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science returned to Slippery Rock University for the 14th consecutive year on February 26, 2011. 

500-600 students, grades 7-12, presented the results of their science research projects. The opportunity to host the Region IX Meeting and have these high school and junior high students — interested in math and science — on our campus is an opportunity not only to foster this interest in the sciences, but also to familiarize these students with Slippery Rock and let them see the exciting possibilities we offer here at SRU in math and science.

Typically, three judges evaluate up to ten short presentations by students who have completed research projects.  Many of the students spend long hours working with their sponsors in designing and carrying out the project, then preparing to present it at the Region IX meeting.  Judges often comment on the exceptional quality of many of the projects presented at the meeting.  

Judges have included college professors, high school teachers, people in business and medical professions in the disciplines, and college students.  Judges have an opportunity to ask questions following the formal student presentation, then each judge independently rates the presentation. "First Place" winners earn the right to compete at the state competition in May.

All judges attended a complimentary luncheon and judges' meeting (11AM) to discuss the criteria and scoring in Weisenfluh Dining Hall.  Dr. Robert Smith, SRU President, welcomed the judges. Dr. William Williams, Provost,  congratulated the students at their evening awards ceremony. 

School registration as well as the judges' social returned this year to the newly renovated Vincent Science Center!

Students meet at the MPR in the University Union at 1245 pm, then disperse to campus classrooms to give their presentations.  Dinner is at Boozel Dining Hall anytime after 4 pm, then students convene again at 6 pm at the MPR in the University Union for the Awards Ceremony.

Slippery Rock University is once again offering scholarships to the top senior (grade 12) and junior (grade 11) presenters. This year's stipend is again $12,000 ($3000. per year, renewable for four years, to the top junior and senior presenter).    Award winners are announced shortly after the competition.

The Departments of Biology, Mathematics, and Chemistry each awarded $100. prizes to the top senior high and junior high presentations in their respective disciplines.  The Biology Department also provides  $200. mentor awards to the winning student sponsors to be used for biological/science supplies (see awards ceremony).

Mrs. Leah Ann Williams and Mr. Robert Penrose are Co-Directors of Region IX of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. 

 
NOTE:  The 2012 PJAS Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2012

 

View the 2010 PJAS Meeting Page 
You can also follow links on Dr. Sigmund's webpage to earlier years' meeting photos.

2010 PJAS Meeting Photo Page
Photos from the 2010 PJAS Awards Ceremony
Photos from the 2010 PJAS Judges Meeting

 If you have any questions, email william.sigmund@sru.edu or call Dr. Sigmund at 724-738-2481

Interested in Judging?  If you work or teach science in science or mathematics, or are a college student with a good science background, you can help us as a judge!  Print a copy of the Judges Registration form  and mail or email it to Dr. Sigmund two weeks prior to the meeting, or, if you are a member of the Slippery Rock community, pick up a hard copy registration form Dr. Sigmund in VSC 300B.   

Online registration is also now available through Region IX.    

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