7:30 AM07:30

IJAS Science Symposium

IJAS Science Symposium will be held at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. The meeting is held with the IAS Annual Meeting. IJAS students are registered attendees of both the IJAS meeting and the IAS Annual Meeting which is held on the 21st and the 22nd. Your are encouraged to attend both the IJAS Science Symposium and as much of the IAS Annual Meeting as possible to experience Iowa's professional general science meeting. 

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128th IAS Annual Meeting and the 84th IJAS Meeting
7:30 AM07:30

128th IAS Annual Meeting and the 84th IJAS Meeting

The 128th Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting and the 84th Meeting of the Iowa Junior Academy of Science will be held at Grand View University in Des Moines on April 22 - 23, 2016. The IJAS meeting convenes Friday, April 22nd with registration beginning at 7:30  a.m. with the program continuing until 2:30 p.m. Oral and poster presentations are held Friday morning followed by the IJAS Awards Luncheon. The schedule also includes General Session I of the IAS Annual Meeting and a science activity by the host academic institution. 

The IAS meeting runs from 8:00 a.m. Friday through 4:00 p.m. Saturday. The IAS meeting on Friday includes two general sessions, three symposiums, the IJAS Awards Luncheon, and the President's Banquet. The Saturday program includes presentations by Iowa scientists in 12 Academy sections, the ESTA Awards Luncheon, and the Geological Society of Iowa Annual field trip. IJAS attendees are welcome to stay for all or part of the IAS Annual Meeting.

More information and registration is available here:


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Advance Registration Deadline for the 128th IAS Annual Meeting and the 84th IJAS Meeting
11:59 PM23:59

Advance Registration Deadline for the 128th IAS Annual Meeting and the 84th IJAS Meeting

IJAS attendees must be registered by today to present their research and attend the IJAS Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 22nd. Registering for the IJAS Meeting entitles attendees to attend the entire IAS conference to experience a professional scientific meeting. The event provides opportunities to meet Iowa scientists and attend presentations on a wide variety of scientific topics by national, regional, and Iowa scientists. 

Schools will register their students as a group while sndividual IJAS members must self-register. The IJAS Meeting is supported by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium and the Iowa Academy of Science. Learn more here:



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OSSA Nominations Due
5:00 PM17:00

OSSA Nominations Due

Outstanding Science Student Award nominations from IJAS Schools are due on or before the first Friday in March. Nominations must be submitted by using the online form available here:


Schools may submit the name of their winner or ask the Iowa Academy of Science to determine a winner if more than one name is submitted.  A medallion is sent to the school for presentation at an awards ceremony. The medallions are provided by the Pella Corporation and are engraved with the student's name by the Iowa Academy of Science. 

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Students Receive STARR Grant Proposal Reviews
5:00 PM17:00

Students Receive STARR Grant Proposal Reviews

Reviews of STARR Research Grant proposals will be sent to student researchers by 5:00 p.m. today. Reviews are provided to all STARR Grant applicants. This includes those requesting funding and students requesting reviews without funding. Questions should be directed to the IAS office at 319-273-2021 or emailed to iascience@uni.edu.  

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12:01 AM00:01

Student Experiments on the International Space Station


Announcing: Major (G5-16) STEM Opportunity for School Districts Starting
February 2016 - Student Spaceflight Experiments Program - Mission 10 to the
International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C.
Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 10 to the International
Space Station. This STEM education opportunity immerses grade 5-16 students
across a community in an authentic, high visibility research experience, where
student teams design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low
Earth orbit on the International Space Station. The program nurtures ownership
in learning, critical thinking, problem solving, navigation of an
interdisciplinary landscape, and communication skills – all reflective of the
Next Generation Science Standards, the skills needed by professional scientists
and engineers, and the skills desired by 21st century employers.

Each participating community will be provided a real microgravity research
mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single experiment, and all launch
services to fly the experiment to the International Space Station in Fall 2016,
and return is safely to Earth for student harvesting and analysis. A 9-week
experiment design competition in each community, held February through April
2016, and locally engaging typically 300 students (if a pre-college focus),
allows student teams to design and formally propose real experiments vying for
their community's reserved mini-lab on Space Station. A formal 2-step proposal
review process, mirroring professional review, will determine the community’s
flight experiment. Content resources for teachers and students support
foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design.
Additional programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the
community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education. This
includes a local art and design competition for a Mission Patch to accompany the
flight experiment to Station. SSEP is therefore more suitably characterized as a
community-wide STEAM experience.

TIME CRITICAL: all interested communities are asked to inquire by November 13,
2015; this allows schools and districts the time they need to assess interest
with their staff and, if appropriate, move forward with an Implementation Plan.
Communities must be aboard by February 15, 2016, for a 9-week experiment design
and proposal writing phase from February 22 to April 22, 2016. The flight
experiment will be selected by May 26, 2016. Launch of the Mission 10 to ISS
“Casper” experiments payload is expected in Fall 2016.

NEXT STEP: carefully read the SSEP Home page, which provides an Executive
Summary of the Program and the Mission 10 to ISS Flight Opportunity:

Of interest: SSEP was showcased in Scientific American, February 17, 2015

Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP Program Director; cell 301-395-0770;

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STARR Research Grant Proposal Deadline
11:59 PM23:59

STARR Research Grant Proposal Deadline

STARR Research Grant proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 23, 2015. The submission form is in the IJAS members only section of the IAS website. Students must be IJAS members to submit a proposal. Please follow all directions as outlined in the instructions and STARR Grant Guidelines before submitting your proposal. Proposals must be complete to be considered for review and funding.

To login and submit a proposal go to:


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