VJASVirginia Junior Academy of Science


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VJAS Symposium
James Madison University
May 20 – 22, 2015

Major deadlines for this year's symposium
Confirm participation of accepted students April 20
Apply for VJAS Special Interest Awards April 25
Apply for VJAS College Scholarships April 25
Nominate a teacher for the E.C.L. Miller Teacher of the Year Award April 25
Apply for VEE-Environmental Scholarships April 30
Register for the symposium May 6
Submit abstracts of accepted papers May 18

(Update: 4.8.15) Please read:
A panel of Readers across the state of Virginia are currently evaluating all VJAS Research Papers received from students at VJAS School Members and VJAS Individual Members by the February 25, 2015 submission deadline.  Student School Sponsors at VJAS Member Schools and parents of VJAS Individual members may begin looking on the web site (www.vjas.org) for the lists of VJAS papers that have been accepted for oral presentation at the 2015 Research Symposium at JMU.  Keep in mind that it does take some time to generate the list for each middle school and each high school category.  Acceptance lists will be made available ASAP after the results of the Reader Evaluation have been received and processed. 

•    At this point and until the end of the 2015 Research Symposium, we are not able to answer any questions about specific papers and why they were or were not accepted. We take great care in processing the papers submitted for evaluation for our Research Symposium in May. During the receipt, screening and reading of papers and the preparation of the accepted lists, we check and double-check our work at each step with multiple people. Unfortunately, as in any such competition, we cannot accept all of the entries.

•    At the conclusion of the 2015 Research Symposium, all of the Reader’s Evaluation Forms, all presented papers with the Judge's Evaluation Forms and other relevant material will be returned to VJAS School Sponsors and to parents of VJAS Individual Members.  Pickup time and location will be provided in the program for the 2015 VJAS Research Symposium and Annual Meeting (which will be available in electronic format on the VJAS website prior to the meeting and also distributed in print format at check-in at JMU.

2015 & 2016 VJAS Symposia

        May 20-22, 2015     James Madison University
        May 17-20, 2016     Mary Washington University

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At the Virginia Junior Academy of Science we:

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:

General Science Safety

Safety Web Links

Contact Us

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.

Mailing Address:

Virginia Junior Academy of Science

Science Museum of Virginia

2500 West Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Phone, Fax and E-mail:

Susan Booth, Director

Office Phone: 804-864-1450

Office Fax: 804-864-1488

Office E-mail: VAS@smv.org

Director's E-mail: susan.science@gmail.com

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