More than 600 middle- and high-school students from seven northeast Pennsylvania counties will come to Wilkes University on March 1 when the campus hosts the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region 2 Competition. The event, which is being held for the first time at Wilkes, begins at 10 a.m. with registration and a general session in the Henry Student Center.
Students attending the competition present papers about math and science research topics in sessions from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. Sessions will be held in Wilkes’ new Cohen Science Center, the Stark Learning Center and Breiseth Hall. The facilities provide smart classroom technology similar to what students will use if they advance to state competition. Wilkes University science students, faculty and staff will lend their expertise and assist with the competition.
Participating elementary, middle and high schools come from the following counties: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming.
Scientific disciplines covered in student research presentations include chemistry, physics, botany, earth and space science, ecology, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, general biology and behavioral psychology. Presentations also are done in math and computer science. Excellence Awards are presented for the best presentation in each discipline in both the high school and junior high school levels.
Scholarships will be awarded to students from King’s College, Penn State Worthington Campus, the University of Scranton, Marywood University and Wilkes University. Students are interviewed for scholarships during the competition. In addition, the Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) sponsors several research fellowships. Fellowship recipients spend time at TCMC during the summer learning about science and life in medical school.
Awards are presented at the banquet culminating the day’s competition. It will be held 5:15 p.m. at Genetti’s Best Western Convention Center, Wilkes-Barre.
For more information about the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition at Wilkes University, please contact Dr. Clayton LaCoe III, director of PJAS Region 2, at 570-578-4784.