Science Opportunities for Highly Academic Students
1. INTEL SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH:
Students in their senior year must submit a written report on an independent project, no longer than 20 double-spaced typewritten pages, and complete the entry form. The project must follow guidelines for safety as well as guidelines by an Institutional Review Board. Many students work in a lab in the summer and submit the results of their research. Prizes: Scholarships, trips, recognition from colleges and universities Deadline:
JETS stands for Junior Engineering and Technical Society. It is an organization that runs a competition for high school students. A team test is given in the areas of math, chemistry, physics, computer science and biology. A varsity team of 8 students and a J.V. team of 8 students compete. The state and national tests are given on the same day, usually a Saturday in March. The competition is aimed at AP science students so the varsity team is almost always seniors and the J.V. team is composed of juniors.
Chemathon is an annual competition held at the University of Maryland. This competition features "hands on" laboratory events testing the lab skills of the participants. Participating schools send teams of six students from two academic levels, first and second year chemistry students. This highly competitive event attracts schools from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.
4. DOD SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICE PROGRAM:
The Department of Defense sponsors summer apprenticeships to high school students interested in science and engineering. Usually, juniors and seniors are accepted to work in a participating laboratory to pursue scientific experiences with a mentor. Students can request up to 3 labs nearby in the National Capital Area or nationwide. Students are selected based on their grades, science and math courses taken, scores on national standardized tests, areas of interest, teacher recommendations and personal student statement. All students must by U.S. citizens, have a social security number before June and participate for the full eight weeks. Prizes: $1350 for the eight weeks Deadline:
5. VIRGINIA JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE:
Students grades 7-12 are invited to submit papers to be presented at the annual meeting March 16-17, 2000 at James Madison University. Application forms are due: Feb. 15, 2000. For more information, contact Dr. DeVore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prizes: scholarships
6. JUNIOR SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM:
In early January, five students and one or two teachers are guests of Georgetown University to attend a symposium featuring talks by noted scientists, writers, presentations of papers by high school students, visits to university laboratories or off-campus government lab facilities and seminar discussions. Students are usually 10th &11th graders interested in science. Deadline:
7. HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE HOLIDAY LECTURES:
Two students are selected from the AP Biology classes to attend a two-day series of lectures for high school students sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Students must supply their transportation.
One or two excellent science students who have in interest in a medical career and have a high GPA are nominated by their science teachers. If they are selected by NIH, they work at NIH for the summer with a mentor.
9. SIEMENS WESTINGHOUSE COMPETITION
Students who have performed research may submit their paper for scrutiny by research scientists in your field. For more information and forms, log on to: www.siemens-foundation.org. Prizes: Scholarships Deadline:
Several colleges request nominees of superior math and science juniors. These juniors will receive a medal and certificate and if they decide to go to that college or university, they will be elegible for special scholarships. The following medals are given out: Bausch & Lomb Rensselear Polytechnic Institute George Washington University
The science department gives out 4 medals to outstanding seniors who have demonstrated an interest and proficiency in science at the LBSS Senior Awards Assembly in June.