Kentucky Academy of Science

Kentucky Junior Academy of Science

2017  Annual Meeting

Saturday April 15

Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KYKSU logo

Congratulations to all our participating young scientists!


See 2017 award winners and elected officers below


Photos from past Junior Academy meetings


2017 Award winners

Grand Prizes, Group 1

1st: Allison Tu

2nd: Betty Ngo

3rd: Agharnan Gandhi

Grand Prizes, Group 2

1st: Anjali Chadha

2nd: Gregory Schwartz

3rd: Nina Render

All grand prize winners will receive financial support from KAS to attend the American Junior Academy of Science meeting in Austin Texas in February 2018, as Kentucky delegates.

High School Behavioral & Social Science

1st: Betty Ngo

2nd: (team) Sanya and Akash Mehta

3rd: Riya Shah

High School Biological Topics 1

1st: Arushi Gupta

2nd: Ellie Hummel

3rd:(team) Natalie and Naomi Kim

High School Biological Topics 2

1st: Agharnan Gandhi

2nd: (team)David Ma and Amy Wang

3rd: Nivedha Loganathan

High School Biological Topics 3

1st: Allison Tu

2nd: Madison Sneve

3rd: Jennifer Xu

High School Chemistry and Engineering

1st: (team)Ruchira Sumanasekera and Mark Raj

2nd: Joshua Jacob

3rd: Jack Boylan

High School Computer Science & Mathematics

1st: Gregory Schwartz

2nd: Henry Robbins

3rd: Ria Jain

High School Environmental Science

1st: Anjali Chadha

2nd: Will Drury

3rd: (team)Shreshth Srivastava and Karthik Jetty

High School Microbiology and Zoology

1st: Nina Render

2nd: Srikhar Padmanabhan

3rd: Tushar Sharma

Middle School Group 1

1st: Sophia Bryant

2nd: Aliana Conway

3rd: Shreeya Arora

Middle School Group 2

1st: Anne Liang

2nd: Eliza Gallagher

3rd: Henry Dayle

Middle School Group 3

1st: Elaina Render

2nd: Kyle Sanderfer

3rd: (Tie) Charlie Murr and Manya Tiwari


More photos from 2017 Junior Academy will be posted at


About the Kentucky Junior Academy of Science (KJAS)

The Junior Academy was begun  in the 1930’s to foster an interest in science for high school students in Kentucky.  KJAS eventually expanded to include middle school students. The Junior Academy holds its scientific meeting each April.

Preliminary oral presentations (10 minutes) are conducted during the morning sessions.  The winners of the high school morning sessions make presentations in the afternoon finalist sessions.  Six overall winners are selected and these students are invited to represent Kentucky at the American Junior Academies of Sciences (AJAS) meeting held in February the following year.

The AJAS convention meets in conjugation with NAAS, the National Association of Academies of Science, and AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As the world’s largest general science organization and publisher of Science, AAAS has more than 138,000 members and 275 affiliated societies.

The Kentucky Junior Academy of Science is open to ANY middle or high school science student in the state of Kentucky. It offers middle- and high- school student scientists an opportunity to present their research project in the format of a 10 minute presentation with slides. This presentation may be based on research done and presented in a poster format for a science fair.

Students present in the following categories:

♦ Behavioral & Social Science                                                       ♦ Engineering

♦ Biological Topics                                                                         ♦ Environmental Science

♦ Botany                                                                                         ♦ Microbiology

♦ Chemistry                                                                                    ♦ Physics

♦ Computer Science & Mathematics                                            ♦ Zoology

♦ Earth & Space Science

For more details please contact KY Junior Academy Director Ruth Beattie, 859-323-9925,

Presentations are evaluated based on this rubric:  Junior Academy Score sheet

Awards are given in each category, and three overall winning projects are chosen from Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.  The Kentucky Academy of Science provides financial support for these students to participate in the American Junior Academy of Science meeting the following February, as follows: Two first place winning projects receive up to $1000.00 per project; Two Second and two third place winning projects receive up to $750 per project.  Funding will also be available for up to 2 chaperones (no more than one per school), up to a limit of $500/person. (In the case of team projects the amount is to be shared among team members).

2017 Kentucky Junior Academy of Science winners are eligible to be Kentucky’s delegates to the American Junior Academy of Science meeting in Austin TX in 2018.


Kentucky Junior Academy of Science officers 2017

Co-Presidents – Joshua Jacob, Sophie Lai

Vice President – Jahnaui Sunkara

Secretary – Scott Dues

Co-chairs Ruth Beattie, University of Kentucky and Bruce Griffis, Kentucky State University