Wilkes University


Wilkes University Hosts Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Competition March 5

Nearly 800 middle- and high-school students from seven northeast Pennsylvania counties will come to Wilkes University on March 5 when the campus hosts the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region 2 Competition. The event, which is drawing one of the largest groups of participants in its history, begins with registration from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Henry Student Center.

Students attending the competition present papers about math and science research topics in sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.  Sessions will be held in Wilkes’ 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.

Awards are presented in a ceremony capping the day of activities at 4:30 p.m. in the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center at Wilkes.

Participating 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.

Students also are interviewed for scholarships and fellowships during the competition.