WILKES-BARRE, PA (03/01/2018) Nearly 800 middle- and high-school students from seven northeast Pennsylvania counties will come to Wilkes University on March 3 when the campus hosts the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region 2 Competition. The event begins with registration from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Arnaud C. Marts Sports & Conference 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 will cap the day of activities at 4:30 p.m. when one sponsor per school can pick up their awards on the second floor of the Henry Student Center.
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.
About Wilkes University:
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 43 bachelor's degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.