Indiana Junior Academy of Science

Nomination Deadline for OJS and Research Competitions

Monday, October 1, 2018

Teachers may nominate up to three students for Outstanding Junior Scientist and up to five students for the Research Paper Presenation Competitions. Nominations and abstracts must be receive no later than midnight on Monday, October 1, 2018.

Documents that need to be emailed to Tina Gilliland by the teacher sponsor include:

Outstanding Junior Scientist Nomination Form

Research Paper Presentation Nomination Form

Two Abstracts need to be emailed to Tina Gilliland by the student. The extended abstract is a one-page abstract that may include tables or graphs. The AJAS is a traditional 5 inch square abstract. To avoid disqualifications, be sure to follow the abstract submission guidelines.

Competitions, Archived Results, and More

Purpose

To recognize students who are exemplary in overall scholarship as well as scientific ability and achievement, and to recognize among those students one student as most outstanding.

Nomination

No more than three students may be nominated from each school. Please be sure to list student participants on the online IJAS Information Form. Students must also fill-out the online K-12 Student Registration Form.

Preparation

  • The student/teacher sponsor must complete the nomination form together. The information given on the form must be verified and attested to by the signatures of the student's teacher sponsor.
  • The student must submit an abstract of an original laboratory or field research project she or he has conducted by the designated deadline. Submit one copy of an extended abstract and one copy of an abstract that conforms to the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) guidelines. Please note that only the extended abstract will be judged. The IJAS version will be used for the program booklet. See above for details on how to submit.
  • The nominee must be prepared to participate in a 15-minute interview at the Indiana Junior Academy of Science. A brief (less than five minute) explanation of the student's research project may be requested by the judges. The only visual aids the candidate may use are graphs, charts, and figures suitable for a professional "poster session" display (max. h=4', max. w=6'). You may NOT use PowerPoint.

Selection

  • Point totals on each nomination form will be checked and verified.
  • Extended abstracts will be reviewed and scored by qualified, impartial judges.
  • The 10 highest scoring students will be selected as finalists. All nominees will be informed of the selection by October 23, 2017.
  • Each of the 10 finalists will participate in a 15-minute interview at the annual meeting of the Indiana Junior Academy of Science.
  • The finalist with the most points will be named the Outstanding Junior Scientist. Finalists receive points from their nomination form, abstract evaluation, and the interview.

Nomination Form Points

No maximum number. Students may only include points for things listed on the form. Points are ONLY for accomplishments in 9th-12th grade and will be verified.

Abstract Evaluation Points

  • 20 points = Well organized and clearly written, purpose for the investigation clearly stated, procedures described clearly and do they follow the scientific method and/or proper engineering design techniques.
  • 20 points = Procedures described fit the purpose of the event, are results included and does the abstract contain conclusions, and does the abstract reflect an original investigation conducted by the student.
  • 10 points = Overall quality of the abstract and research conducted.

Interview Points

  • 20 points = Creativity, background knowledge.
  • 20 points = Quality of scientific work done.
  • 10 points = Poise and presentation ability.

Awards

  • The top ten (10) finalists will receive a $25 cash award!
  • The first and second runners-up will receive a plaque.
  • The Outstanding Junior Scientist will receive a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship from the Indiana Academy of Science. The scholarship may be used at any College or University within the state of Indiana.

Purpose

To provide an opportunity for students conducting original scientific investigations to present their work publicly and to receive recognition for their achievement.

Nomination

Up to five students may be nominated from each school.

Please be sure to list student participants on the online IJAS Information Form. Students must also fill-out the online K-12 Student Registration Form.

Preparation

  • The student/teacher sponsor must complete the nomination form together. The information given on the form must be verified and attested to by the signatures of the student's teacher sponsor.
  • The student must submit an abstract of an original laboratory or field research project she or he has conducted by the designated deadline. Submit one copy of an extended abstract and one copy of an abstract that conforms to the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) guidelines. Please note that only the extended abstract will be judged. The AJAS version will be used for the program booklet. See above for details on how to submit.
  • The student must be prepared to give a presentation that cannot exceed 10 minutes in length. Students may use graphs, charts, and figures suitable for a professional poster session; display (max. h=4', max. w=6'). You may use PowerPoint however you MUST notify the director of your intent so a projector can be made available. Please plan to bring your work on a flash drive AND on your own laptop.

Selection

  • From a review of the extended abstracts received with the nomination, 12 presenters will be selected by qualified, impartial judges. Maximum of three students from any one school may be selected selected.
  • All nominees and sponsors will be notified of the presenter selections by October 23, 2017.
  • The student will make one presentation before a panel of judges.

Evaluation

  • 30 points = Originality; creativity; background
  • 40 points = Clearly stated purpose and procedures; quality and clarity of results and conclusion
  • 30 points = Method of presentation; use and relevance of the display

Awards

  • The twelve finalists will receive a cash award of $25.00.
  • The three highest scoring research presentations will receive plaques.
  • The overall winner will receive a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship from the Indiana Academy of Science. The scholarship can be used at any College or University within the state of Indiana.

Purpose

The purpose is to recognize students with the ability to cogently and persuasively present their opinions on a scientific issue.

Nomination

Each school participating must identify a presenter and a judge and list them on the online IJAS Information Form. Students must fill-out the online K-12 Student Registration Form.

Delegation

One student presenter and on student judge from each school may participate.

Preparation

Presenting delegates are to educate themselves as to the scientific and social issues related to the topic below, and prepare a five-minute presentation, prior to attending the meeting. No visual aids may be used. Presenters may use note cards during presentation.

Judging delegates need not prepare, but familiarity with the topic may give them a better basis for judgment.

Selection

  1. Presenters are judged once in the morning by their peers and the top five finalists are selected.
  2. The finalists will give a second presentation in the afternoon. A panel of undergraduate and graduate student researchers will judge and score the final presentations. The most outstanding presenter will be the winner.

Awards

  1. Finalists will be recognized and each will receive a certificate.
  2. The top two students will receive a plaque.

This Year's Topic:

2018 Topic to be posted September 1, 2018

Purpose

To provide delegates a fun, yet meaningful exercise, and to provide an opportunity for the recognition of students and schools that excel.

Delegation

Two students from each school, referred to as "exam delegates."

Preparation

This activity is designed to test a student's knowledge across several different science disciplines and their problem solving skills. Last year the students indicated that the exam was way to easy. Therefore, this year I've asked faculty from all science departments to send in 5-10 questions each. So be prepared, this year's exam will be a little more challenging! However, keep in mind that this activity is suppose to be fun.

Calculators will be allowed.

Awards

  1. Recognition of the top two (2) schools with the highest combined scores of their two delegates.
  2. Certificates to the five (5) students with the highest individual scores.
  3. Plaques will be awarded to the students achieving the two highest scores.

Purpose

To provide delegates a fun, hands-on Olympiad style activity and give recognition to students and schools that excel.

Nomination

Student participants must be listed on the online IJAS Information Form. Students must also fill-out the online K-12 Student Registration Form.

Delegation

One team of two students from each school may be nominated to participate.

Competition for this Year

2018 competition will be posted September 1, 2018.

Awards

  1. Top two teams will receive certificates.
  2. First place team will receive plaques.

Keynote Address, Tours + Demonstrations

Activities listed here are for all students and adults attending the Indiana Junior Academy. Keep in mind that the tours and demonstrations change slightly from year to year. The teacher sponsor will receive an email with a full list of what will be offered for this year.

Registration

Student participants must be listed on the online IJAS Information Form. Students must also fill-out the online K-12 Student Registration Form.

Keynote Address

At the end of the day just prior to the Awards Ceremony an undergraduate student from our Indiana University Science Technology and Research Scholars program gives a research talk about his/her research.

Research Tours + Demonstrations

Prearranged tours will be scheduled and participants will sign-up for the tour of their choice at on-site registration on the day of the IJAS Meeting and Competition. A variety of tours will be offered in the morning from 9:45-10:45 am and again in the afternoon from 1:15-2:15 pm. Our research faculty and scientists enjoy sharing their research with prospective students. Tours offered vary from year to year. A complete list will be emailed to each teacher sponsor.

Registration Fees

These fees must be mailed to arrive no later than November 1. Please make checks payable to the Indiana Academy of Science

  • School Registration Fee: $15.00
  • Students and Adult Registration Fee: $9.00 each to help cover the cost of breakfast, lunch and snack.

Mail to:
Tina Gilliland, Director
Indiana Junior Academy of Science
Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences
Office of Science Outreach
1600 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 855-5397
E-mail: mgillila@indiana.edu

School Registration Checklist

Step by Step Registration Procedures

Step 1: Teachers need to fill out the online IJAS Information Form by October 1, 2018. Note: This is where you will indicate the role your students will play while at IJAS (competitor, observer, etc.)

Step 2: Request registration Fees from your administration. These fees must be mailed to arrive no later than November 1. If you need an invoice, please email scihouse@indiana.edu with the number of students and adults that will be attending and I will create one to send to you. School Registration Fee is $15 and Student/Adult Fees are $9.00/per person to help cover breakfast, lunch, and snack fees.

Checks are to be made payable to Indiana Academy of Science and mailed to Tina Gilliland, Outreach Liaison (see above).

Step 3: Register your School by filling out the online School Registration Form

Step 4: Teachers must register by filling out the online Teacher Registration Form by October 1, 2018.

Step 5: All Students (competitors and observers) must register by filling out the online Student Registration Form by October 19, 2018.

Step 6: Parents and Students together must fill out the online Talent Consent Form by October 19, 2018.