VJASVirginia Junior Academy of Science


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(Update: 2.7.15) Each school's new VJAS School Number has been provided in the Certification Letter that was emailed to the Head Sponsor of each VJAS Member School upon receipt of the School's VJAS School Membership Application and School Membership Fee payment for 2014-2015. 
Any schools with students and teachers who plan to participate in the 2015 VJAS Research Symposium and have not yet joined VJAS as School Members should join VJAS very soon so that they can receive their VJAS School Numbers for 2014-2015 prior to the February 25 deadline for VJAS Paper Submission.
COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA Department of Education

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:

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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