October 31, 2014
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: 2015 Virginia Junior Academy of Science Symposium
It is my pleasure to announce that the 2015 Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) Research Symposium will be held on May 20-22, 2015, at James Madison University (JMU). VJAS, a state chapter of the American Academy of Science, is dedicated to the advancement of science by discovering and encouraging scientific aptitude among Virginia’s middle and high school students. VJAS has been ranked among the top three Junior Academies in the nation for nearly three decades and serves over 40,000 students per year.
In developing projects to present at the Academy, students learn how to conduct research, draw conclusions, and make public presentations. All student projects receive feedback from experienced scientists and science educators, and students who present at the Research Symposium will have an opportunity for publishing, awards, and scholarships.
The deadline for submitting papers for this year’s symposium is February 25, 2015. VJAS continues to be an outstanding example of how mathematics and science programs around the Commonwealth are using different teaching and learning resources to improve student achievement of the state’s learning standards. Relating science, mathematics, and engineering concepts to practical applications, first-hand experiences, and systematic research have proven to be a formula for student success across the STEM disciplines.
Future VJAS Symposia
The VJAS Paper Submission deadline will be Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
May 20-22, 2015 James Madison University
May 17-20, 2016 Mary Washington University
At the Virginia Junior Academy of Science we:
discover and encourage scientific aptitude among secondary school students (grades 7 through 12) in Virginia;
foster fellowship between its members and the members of the Virginia Academy of Science (VAS);
encourage students to continue their education in science, engineering and related fields; and,
develop a background among its members which will eventually lead to membership in the Virginia Academy of Science and other professional science organizations.
Science Education Safety
The PDF files below are for science safety guides. The guides are free to schools to download. To read or print the files you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
The guides were published by Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) with support from the American Chemical Society, the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, DuPont Corporation, Intel Corporation, American Chemical Society, and the National Institutes of Health. You may print and distribute the booklet to teachers and other educators.
Science Safety Information to Download:
- Science and Safety, Making the Connection (PDF) - A Secondary Safety Guide
General Science Safety
Safety Web Links
The Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) is directly sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science (VAS). Both the VJAS and the VAS maintain an office in the Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
Virginia Junior Academy of Science
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220