Professional Development: Engaging Secondary Students in Authentic Research – Year 3

CANCELED Due to Coronavirus Restrictions

Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS)

James Madison University – May 28, 2020

Why Should I Attend?

Virginia’s graduation requirements, Profile of a Graduate, include demonstrated evidence of critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication and citizenship skills (the 5Cs). Beginning with the 2018-19 school term, students were eligible for The Board of Education’s Seal for Excellence in Science and the Environment, which requires research and its presentation in a formal juried setting.

Annually, over eight hundred students participate in the VJAS Symposium. Other students participate in Intel-affiliated regional and state fairs. Participation in VJAS and/or Intel fairs varies by the region of the state. This is an opportunity for teachers to attend VJAS, learn about the opportunity it offers for their students, and observe student presentations. This program is designed to:

  • Increase the number and diversity of schools and school divisions participating in VJAS.
  • Develop awareness of VJAS and VAS and the important roles they play in developing future STEM professionals, as well as “life-ready individuals.”
  • Understand research barriers and how VAS can assist participants in over-coming.

 What Is the Event Schedule?

7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration, Event Orientation and Breakfast with Leaders and Participants
9:00 am –  2:15 pm Observation of Middle and/or Senior High School Student Presentations (15 minute presentations in over 30 concurrent sessions)
Lunch will be available in the Judge’s area between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. 
2:30 pm – 3:45 pmDiscussion with Participants and Leaders . . . Resources for Implementing Research and Joining VJAS . . . Program Evaluation

How Do I Register? Questions?

Registration will be available from March 1 to May 1, 2020.  

Registration Link:

There is no cost to attend, however you are responsible for travel. After registration, you will receive information and confirmation from Barbara Scott, ITTIP at Longwood University. For pre-registration information and further questions, contact Dr. Julia H. Cothron, VJAS Board Member,

Sponsors: Virginia Academy of Science ** Virginia Junior Academy of Science ** Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition ** Institute for Teaching through Technology & Innovative Practices (ITTIP) at Longwood University