The 57th Annual Region IX Meeting
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science
Slippery Rock University
February 22, 2014
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The Region IX Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science returned to Slippery Rock University for the 17th consecutive year on February 22, 2014.
Over 450 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 or four 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.
School registration as well as the judges' social return to Vincent Science Center (116) All judges attended a complimentary luncheon and judges' meeting (11AM) to discuss the criteria and scoring in the newly renovated Weisenfluh Dining Hall.
Students met at the Smith Center Ballroom at 12:40 pm, then disperse to campus classrooms to give their presentations. Students ate dinner at Boozel Dining Hall after 4 pm, then students convened again at 615 pm at the Smith Center Ballroom 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.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The 2015 PJAS Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2015. The Awards Ceremony will again be in the Robert M. Smith Student Center Ballroom.
View the 2013 PJAS Meeting Page
You can also follow links on Dr. Sigmund's webpage to earlier years' meeting photos.
If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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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