Iowa Junior Academy of Science

Organized in 1932

The objective of the Junior Academy is to promote the study of and participation in
science by elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers. The IJAS is open to public, private, and home school students.

Scroll down this page to learn about the IJAS and to get involved.


Information for Students, Teachers and Mentors

IJAS resources are available in the IJAS Online Handbook. Learn how to design research projects, write research proposals, make oral and poster research presentations, meet science students, teachers, and scientists at the IJAS Science Symposium and IAS Annual Meeting; develop science skills by doing science. The IJAS brings together all areas of the science community for the benefit Iowa's science students. The research program is designed for students in grades 6 - 12, with backgrounds ranging from no experience to those doing college level research. Public, private, and home school students are welcome! Explore the handbook and this website to learn more.


Scientists, teachers, graduate and undergraduate students - be a volunteer!


Starr Grant Proposal Submission Deadlines
Fall: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Spring: Sunday, May 27, 2018


Submit a Starr Grant Proposal

Click to request funding.

Click to request Review Only.


Information for Non-Members

IJAS student scientists learn science by doing science. Middle and high school students develop critical thinking skills, collaborate with mentors, improve oral and written communication skills, and learn to plan and complete research projects. Students are eligible to apply for research grants, receive feedback from IAS scientists and science educators, and have opportunities to collaborate with scientists and other IJAS students. IJAS membership is open to inexperienced and experienced students researchers. Members may compete for awards, scholarships, and a chance to represent Iowa at the American Junior Academy of Science Annual Meeting - all expenses paid.

Memberships are available for schools and individuals. Home school students are welcome.

IJAS Research Programs

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Attend the IJAS Science Symposium

Attend the 86th IJAS Science Symposium
at the
130th Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting
April 20 - 21, 2018
at Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, Iowa

Registration Deadline: TBA


More Iowa Junior Academy of Science Links


Outstanding Science Student Award Nomination Deadline: First Friday in March for medal delivery by March 31st.
Allow up to three weeks for delivery if submitted after the first Friday in March.


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The Iowa Junior Academy of Science was established by the Iowa Academy of Science
and is supported by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium.