Iowa Junior Academy of Science Resources


IJAS Member Benefits

The IJAS program is suitable for middle or high school students conducting science research for the first time or experienced student researchers. Scientists provide encouraging comments to help students conduct their research. 

Starr Research Grant Program

  • Apply for funding and guidance from IAS scientists.
  • Apply for guidance without requesting funding.
  • Attend and present at science fairs and the IJAS Science Symposium/ IAS Annual Meeting.
  • Students are eligible for IJAS recognition and awards.
  • Open to students in public and private schools and home school students. 

Conduct Research through Partnerships

  • For middle and high school students participating in research with Iowa colleges and universities.
  • Students present their research at science fairs and the IJAS Science Symposium/IAS Annual Meeting.
  • Students eligible for IJAS recognition and awards.
  • Students are eligible through qualifying partnerships and membership in IJAS.

Observe the IJAS Science Symposium

  • For students wanting to observe the IJAS Science Symposium/IAS Annual Meeting without presenting research.
  • Observe student and professional scientist research presentations.
  • Attend the IAS Annual Meeting and learn about the latest in science research.
  • Meet scientists and other science students.  

IJAS members learn science research methods, receive mentoring from scientists, and participate in the IJAS Science Symposium at the IAS Annual Meeting.


The IJAS Online Handbook

Contents of the IJAS Handbook

Click the handbook button above to view the contents.

Applying for Starr Research Grants

  • Learn how to conduct science research
  • Submit research proposals to request funding and helpful comments
  • Submit research proposals for comments only
  • Students who receive Starr Research Grants automatically qualify for the IJAS Science Symposium

Research Proposals and Presentations

  • Science Research Project Ideas
  • STARR Student Research Grant Preparation Guidance
  • IJAS Presentation Guidelines at IAS Annual Meeting
  • STARR Proposal Review Criteria
  • Science Fairs
  • IJAS Calendar of Events and Deadlines

Learn about Opportunities

  • Awards and Scholarships
  • Contests and Exams
  • College Visits
  • Research Experience and Grants
  • Outstanding Science Student Awards
  • Out of State Opportunities
  • National Youth Science Camp
  • Science Opportunities for 6th to 12th Grade
  • Visiting Scientist Program

The IJAS Outstanding Science Student Award (OSSA)

Click on the OSSA Medal to learn more.

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Volunteer for the IJAS

Scientists, science teachers, graduate and undergraduate students may lend their expertise to review middle and high school research proposals and/or judge oral and poster research presentations. 


National Youth Science Camp

Membership in the Iowa Junior Academy of Science is not required.

NYSC is for Iowa high school graduating seniors. All expenses are paid.