Kentucky Academy of Science

Kentucky Junior Academy of Science

2017  Annual Meeting

Saturday April 15

Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KYKSU logo

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Application deadline for presenters: March 15, 2017

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.






More photos from the 2016 Junior Academy meeting

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,

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 overall winners will be invited to Austin, Texas in February 2018, for the AJAS national meeting.


Kentucky Junior Academy of Science officers 2016

President – Joshua Jacobs

Vice President – Sophia Korner

Secretary – Mark Schrenger

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