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Engaging Secondary Students in Authentic STEM Research

04/24/2018 9:01 AM | VAST Webmaster (Administrator)

 Engaging Secondary Students in Authentic STEM Research

Virginia Junior Academy of Science and Virginia Academy of Science

Longwood University . . . May 23-24, 2018


Overview:  On May 23, observe over 600 students, grades 7-8 and 9-12, present research papers on various natural and applied sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer sciences. Learn how the VJAS Symposium develops important educational outcomes: workplace skills (the 5 Cs), career and civic responsibility, and understanding of Virginia’s SOL.  After the presentations, network with symposium participants and attend the George W. Jeffers Memorial Lecture, given by an outstanding Virginia scientist. On May 24, interact with VAS members through concurrent presentations, poster sessions, and discussions of research by their students. Learn how you can build relationships with Academy members to support student research.  You can attend on May 23 or May 23-24, 2018.

General Schedule:  Detailed programs will be available in mid-May.

May 23 – Virginia Junior Academy of Science

May 24 – Virginia Academy of Science

7:30 – 8:30 am

Check-In (Willett Lobby)



8:55 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Student Sessions

8 – 11:00 am

Concurrent VAS Morning Sessions

12:15 – 1:30 pm

Buffet Luncheon & Networking (Dorrill Annex)

11 – 11:30 am

VJAS Award Paper Presentations at VAS Sections

1:45 – 4 pm

Concurrent Student Sessions

12 – 2 pm

VAS Poster Sessions & President’s Reception (heavy hors d’ oeuvre)

4 – 4:30  pm

Check-Out – Evaluation & Reimbursement (Day 1 only)

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Using Databases and CODAP to Conduct Research, Dr. Ginger Lewis, Longwood University

5 – 6:30 pm

Networking & VJAS Dinner

(optional for commuters)

4 – 4:30 pm

Check-Out – Evaluation & Reimbursement (Day 1-2)

7 – 8:30 pm

VJAS General Meeting & George W. Jeffers Memorial Lecture

(optional for commuters)

3:45 – 5 pm

5:30 – 7 pm

Concurrent VAS Sessions (optional)

Negus Memorial lecture (optional – open to public)


Benefits Sponsors will provide free registration, event programs, and stated on-campus meals.  Participants will be reimbursed for mileage. Participants (who travel more than 100 miles per day round trip) will be reimbursed for hotel and dinner on May 22 – 23. Participants are responsible for making hotel reservation.  Conference can be used for certificate renewal credits.   

How to Register:  You can register for May 23 or May 23-24, 2018. Go to, where more details are available. Statewide registration deadline is MAY 10, 2018.

Questions:  For logistical questions, contact Barbara Scott ( at ITTIP. For program questions, contact Julia Cothron, VJAS Board Member (


Virginia Academy of Science

Virginia Junior Academy of Science

Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition

Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) at Longwood University

Virginia Association of Science Teachers

209 W 15th St, Richmond VA 23224

(757) 897-3104

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