Kentucky Junior Academy of Science
New for 2022
We love science AND students! Hang out with scientists this fall and explore opportunities for your college pathways to science careers.
Become a Member of the Junior Academy of Science for $5
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2022 Junior Academy of Science Meeting
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About the Kentucky Junior Academy of Science
Did you know...
- The Kentucky Junior Academy of Science (KJAS) began in the 1930's with a goal of fostering an interest in science for high school students in Kentucky?
- This program eventually expanded to include middle school students?
- The previous model revolved around a spring meeting of middle and high school students and has now been expanded to become an integral part of the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) fall meeting?
- Any middle & high school students interested in science can participate
- Middle and high school students may also make presentations if they are doing research
- KAS can help match up interested students with a research mentor or research project no matter where you are.
Junior Academy Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I participate?
A: This is a great opportunity to think about doing science research, see other people's research, meet scientists and fellow students, expand a science fair project, and find out about STEM career options. if you're a student who loves STEM, you should join us!
Q: What kind of research can students present at the Ky Junior Academy of Science?
A: Presentations at the fall meeting are based on research done by the student independently, in conjunction with a mentor, as a member of a class or research team. Presentations may be about research projects that are currently in progress.
Q: How do students present research at the Ky Junior Academy of Science?
A: High School students have the option of making either an oral or poster presentation. Middle school students are invited to present posters of their research projects. All presenters register for the KAS Annual Meeting, and then submit an abstract about their research by October 1.
Q: Are there prizes?
A: The top high school students giving an oral presentation will be invited to represent KJAS as delegates to the national meeting of the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) meeting in March. KAS will provide some financial support for the top students and a chaperone to participate at this national meeting
2021 KJAS Online Program
Individual presentations & abstracts are posted here
The 2021 "What Comes Next" Panel featured undergraduate & graduate students sharing their own research experiences & career pathways. Thank you to our panelists ZaKylah Bryant, Kylea Garces, Bailey Harrod, Lars Hebenstiel, Nick Koenig, and Miana Wallace
Watch the Recording
Grand Prize Winners will serve as Kentucky's delegates to the American Junior Academy of Science in February 2022
Alexandra Heironimus, Novel polymathic method for maritime threat detection
Varun Chandrashekhar, SpeakUp: A Machine Learning-Based Speech Aid to Enable Real-Time Silent Communication for the Paralyzed
Shraman Kar, An IoT and Machine Learning based system for the detection and treatment of plant diseases and deficiencies
Shreyas Ghare, Methods to Improve the Efficiency of Solar Panels
Vedha Balamurugan, Development of semi-solid cell culture medium for providing 3D matrix support and enhancing the survival of organoids
Aditi Kona, Characterization of Insulin-degrading Enzyme: Using Molecular Visualization Systems to Understand Substrate Recognition
Kayoung Kim, The Effect of External Factors on Baseball
Thank you to our judges!
Dr. Indra Sahu, Dr. Ilsun White, Dr. R. Douglas Chatham, Dr. Ramkumar Annamalai, Dr. Tony Simpao, Dr. Bala Appakalai, Dr. Robert Rosenberg, Dr. Joshua Qualls, Dr. Zeel Maheshwari, Dr. Jonathan Lyon, Dr. Jaganathan Lakshmanan, Dr. Ann Kingsolver, Dr. Frank Ettensohn, Dr. Stephanie Edelmann, Dr. Seyed Allameh, and Dr. Avinash Tope
Thank you to our organizers!
Co-chair Bruce Griffis, Kentucky State University