OKLAHOMA JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
The primary goal of the OJAS is to encourage secondary school students to participate in scientific research by furnishing an outlet for and evaluation of their research at regional and state science meetings. Student research is encouraged in all fields of science, including but not limited to Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, and Geography.
Students in grades seven (7) through twelve (12) who devise and develop a research idea may enter and present a research paper at the OJAS regional meeting of their choice. At each regional meeting those students whose written and oral presentations reflect a quality research project are selected to present their papers at the state OJAS meeting.
When a student's research is completed, the student should prepare a written report of the findings and select a regional meeting site for presentation of their findings. The written report, registration form, and fees must be submitted at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the date of the regional meeting, to the regional coordinator at the regional meeting site chosen. Details of exactly where and at what times the regional meeting will be held is available from the regional coordinators.
The written and oral presentations will be judged on the basis of quality of experimentation, observation, and presentation. Originality, creativity and accuracy in reporting will be the principal criteria used by the judges. A completed research project is expected to show data that has been collected and appropriate conclusions drawn from that data.
OKLAHOMA JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE RULES
No research paper may be entered at any level that is considered by the judges, coordinators or director to be essentially a duplicate of a paper given by any student in previous year(s).
A student may enter his or her research paper only once at the regional meeting of their choice. No student may enter a research paper at more then one regional meeting. A student paper which has not been recommended for the state meeting at the regional level cannot enter the state meeting.
The following is to be used as a guide for selecting the proper category for your research project. This list is in no way inclusive and subjects that are not listed will be considered. Please note that the final decision as to which category you will compete in is made by the judges, regional coordinators, and/or state director.
The major subdivisions are: Biological Sciences, and Physical Sciences. The Area Subject Disciplines are; Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences, Physics, Social Sciences, Chemistry, Earth/Space Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Geology, Biomedical, Physiology, Human Behavior, Biochemistry, Engineering, and Animal Behavior.
All student presenters at the regional or state meetings are required to have registered online
, paid fees, and have an advising Teacher, Scientist, or Parent. Registration forms are available from regional and state coordinators or the OJAS State Director.
Dr. Rahmona Thompson is the Director of the Oklahoma Junior Academy of Science. She can be contacted in the following ways:
Dr. Rahmona Thompson
East Central University
Department of Biology, PMB B-3
1100 East 14th St
Ada, OK 74820