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Outstanding Junior Scientist Competition

Nomination Form
Print this form, fill it out, and mail it to Tina Gilliland by October 5, 2015 (received by) OR you may email it to mgillila at indiana.edu.


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.


No more than TWO students may be nominated from each school.

  • The student must complete and return the nomination form and an abstract of an original laboratory or field research project she or he has conducted by the October 5, 2015 deadline.
  • The information given on the form must be verified and attested to by the signatures of the student's faculty sponsor and building principal.
  • 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. Please submit all abstracts by email to mgillila at indiana.edu. For complete abstract guidelines, click here Abstract Guidelines
  • 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.
  • Point totals on each nomination will be checked and verified if in doubt.
  • 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, 2015.
  • Each of the 10 finalists will participate in a 15-minute interview at the annual meeting of the Indiana Junior Academy of Science.
  • Points each finalist receives from the interview (50 pts. maximum) will be added to the points on the nomination form (20 to 50 points to qualify) and abstract evaluation (10 pts.). The Outstanding Junior Scientist will be the finalist with the most points.
  • 20 points = Creativity, background knowledge.
  • 20 points = Quality of scientific work done.
  • 10 points = Poise and presentation ability.
  • 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.