IJAS Visiting Scientist Program and Application
IJAS member schools are eligible to request a visiting scientist
using the form at the bottom of this page.
How does the Visiting Scientist Program work?
Iowa educators complete an application requesting a science visit. The Iowa Academy of Science staff match educator requests with the appropriate IAS member scientist. The Academy helps facilitate the visit planning. The scientist visits the school free of charge, meeting with students in small or large groups. The Academy provides a travel stipend to assist the scientist in visiting the school.
How far in advance do I need to schedule a scientist?
It really depends upon the availability of the scientist. We recommend contacting us as far in advance as possible because we contact scientists on an individual "as needed" basis.
Who can apply for a scientist visit?
Any Iowa Academy of Science ISTS member may apply for a science visit to his or her classroom or school. The school contact or administrator of IJAS member schools are also eligible to apply. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year using the form below.
What areas of science are Academy members willing to speak about?
Here are just a few suggestions...
Engineering & Food Science
Anatomy & Physiology
Aquatic Biology & Ecology
Climate Science & Policy
Condensed Matter Physics
Elementary Science Teaching
Enzymes, Vitamins & Coenzymes
Health Physicist (Radiation Safety)
Plant Developmental Anatomy
Public Understanding of Science
What does IAS expect from the school?
The Academy expects the school to provide a location for the meeting and to confirm the date and time of the visit directly with the scientist. The Academy asks the school to take a photograph of the scientist's visit. The school should provide a copy of the photo (print or digital) and a completed photo release within two weeks of the scientists visit. Visiting Scientist photographs may be used to promote the program in IAS print materials and on the IAS website. School are encouraged to submit the photograph to their local papers and to have students write thank you letters to the scientist. IAS requests that schools provide a copy of any publicity that results from the scientist visit.