The State Competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is held each May at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park. All regional first award winners are eligible to compete at the state level. Approximately 3,000 of the best and brightest science students from Pennsylvania’s thirteen separate PJAS regions descend upon State College each May to present their research.
Students who earned First Awards at their Regional Competitions are eligible to participate in the State Competition. Sponsors must notify the Regional Director about those eligible students who WILL NOT be attending the State Competition.
Additionally, Sponsors must complete the Sponsor/Technician/Chaperon Registration Forms/Website for their Regional Director within 2 weeks of the completion of the Regional Competition. Students who will be attending the State Competition will need to complete and submit the required medical forms.
Please contact your Regional Director for the current fees to attend the State Competition. However, no student will be denied participation in the competition due to financial reasons. If financial assistance is needed, please contact your Regional Director so accommodations can be made.
Students will be expected to behave in an acceptable manner, please review the Code of Student Behavior prior to attending the State Competition. Students should also review the Preparation for State Competition page and the States Overnight Checklist for additional details.
Dates & Location for State Competition
The dates for the 2016 PJAS State Competition are May 15, 16, and 17. The State Competition is held at the main campus of The Pennsylvania State University in University Park.
Adults attending the PJAS State Meeting
The PJAS State Meeting is an enjoyable event but it is not a vacation. PJAS operates with all volunteer help. EVERY adult attending the State Meeting is expected to supervise students and to perform assigned duties.
Every teacher must judge. Stop in the designated room (see the PJAS Booklet) in the Findlay-Johnston Commons on Sunday afternoon to pick up your judging packet. Every adult who is not a judge will be assigned a 2-hour shift of chaperone duties. Chaperone information will be included in your registration packet.
SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS IS VITAL. Please realize that this is a huge responsibility.
Arrange regular check-ins with your students. Set up a meeting place and time and require all students to report to you at that time. It is suggested that you eat with your students.
Check rooms on arrival and departure for any conditions that need attention.
Make a bed check each night at curfew time.
Inform students of YOUR room number.
Students should know the name of their Regional Director(s).
Have with you the name, address, and phone number of parents of all your students. It is best if you carry this information with you.
- Provide your students with evacuation procedures for your dormitory building.
INSIST ON PROPER BEHAVIOR.
No running, no throwing, no horseplay.
Female students are not allowed in male dorms; male students are not allowed in female dorms.
Students must wear their nametags at all times. Nametags must be easily and clearly visible. Nametags must be worn on the shirt.
All students must observe all curfews and must be quiet after lights out.
All sponsors and chaperones should feel free to correct any student who is acting improperly. The information desk can contact any of the regional directors if a student’s actions so warrant. There is a student behavior code available on this website and also printed on the back cover of the state book. Make sure that your students are familiar with this code.
Help your students to do their best. A little preparation work with your students will prevent many problems. Have each student check the booklet to find the project-judging unit to which he/she has been assigned. Make sure that each student knows the time and location for the unit. Campus maps are provided. If there is a problem, see your regional director. Take the time on Sunday evening to hear each student’s project and to offer encouragement.
Student Presenters attending the PJAS State Meeting
Eligibility for States
Eligibility for the PJAS State Competition is based on a students participation and award at the Regional Competition.
Participant Eligibility: Students who have received First Awards for the Regional Competition are eligible to attend the State Competition.
Project Eligibility: Students entering the State Competition must present the same project they presented at the Regional Competition. However, students may continue to improve their projects by collecting more data, deepening their analysis,etc.
Presentation Eligibility: When giving their presentation at the State Competition, students must abide the same guidelines as used for the Regional Competition. Please take the time to read the sections on Presentation Eligibility and General Notes on the Use of Audiovisuals on the Rules & Eligibility page. For more specific presentation guidelines for Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Science Presentations, please refer to the Presentation Guidelines page.
Evaluation and Scoring
Scoring for the State Competition will be conducted in the same manner as the scoring for the Regional Competition. Students' Research projects are judged on their own merit in meeting the PJAS criteria for judging rather than in competition with other projects. Please read our Evaluation and Scoring Guidelines for additional details.
Preparation for State Competition
Students who will be attending the State Competition will need to be complete and submit the required forms. Students will be expected to behave in acceptable manner, please review the Student Behavior Code prior to attending States.
Students should also review the Preparation for State Competition page and the States Overnight Checklist for additional details.
Student Technicians attending the PJAS State Meeting
Please check with your state director about the number of technicians each school is permitted to have attend the State competition.
Expectations of a technician are as follows:
- All students will report to the mandatory Technicians’ Meeting on Sunday night. The time and location will be in the state booklet.
- All students will receive an AM and PM technician assignment.
- All students will come to the Technicians’ room Monday at their assigned time to pick up their technician packet.
- All students will come with a stopwatch and a pen or pencil. Technicians must be neatly dressed.
- In case of a problem in the presentation room, write down the telephone number for the Technicians Hotline when picking up the packet on Monday.
- As directed Sunday night, note the various times on the technician's score sheet. Mark the presenter's time at five minutes to go, two minutes to go, and when concluded.
- If the student exceeds their time limit or the judges exceed their time limits, please place a * in the appropriate "Exceeded" column.
- Sign the technician sheet. Then give it to the judges to sign and they will return it.
- Return the packet and other items that were given to you to the Technicians' room at the end of the session.
- Be sure to find your assigned rooms on Sunday night to avoid being late.
- If you fail to do your assigned duties as a Technician at the State Meeting you will not be permitted to attend next year’s State Meeting even if you receive a First Award at the Region Meeting.
- Day packages may not come as technicians.