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Minnesota had a strong showing at the 2017 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, with Grand and Special Award winners.

Grand Awards


"Selective Inhibition of Metastatic Cancer Cell Migration" 

  • Akshat S., Century High School, Fourth Award of $500


The winners of the High School STEM Communicator Awards have been determined by a panel of judges.

Top 10

The Edina high school and Minnetonka West middle school Science Bowl teams were in D.C. for the National Science Bowl weekend April 27-May 1.

Minnetonka West finished in the Top 16 of the country in the middle school competition Saturday! Quite a feat! 


Our 2018 Annual meeting/Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the University of St. Thomas 


A few of the Winchell research projects conducted this year by undergraduates throughout Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, which were presented April 22, 2017, at Macalester College.

More than 500 students from around Minnesota arrived to downtown Minneapolis March 25-27, 2017, for the 80th annual North Central State Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF). 

More than 500 students from around Minnesota arrived to downtown Minneapolis March 25-27, 2017, for the 80th annual North Central State Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF). 

There were 83 Minnesota students who advanced from regional competitions to compete in the 49th annual North Central Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS), held at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis on March 25. The JSHS is an annual competition sponsored by the research arm of the Department of Defense, with the aim to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers.

Click here for a few photos from the day.

A total of 185 students from 37 teams representing 20 schools participated in the tournament. Teams spent months preparing for the event that features head-to-head competition in a fast-paced question and answer format similar to the TV show, Jeopardy. The students were quizzed on questions in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Energy, Mathematics and Physics.

Here's how some of our local students did at the 2016 International Science & Engineering Fair.

The global representation at National Science & Engineering Fair, held this year in Phoenix, introduces high school students to peers from places as far-flung as Qatar, Romania, Luxembourg and Argentina.

Here are many of the award winners from the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium held April 29, 2016, at the University of Minnesota. 

Find images of these winners on our Facebook page.

Some of the winners are featured in the Minnesota Academy of Science Journal of Student Research.  

High school students are invited to apply to the STEM Communicator awards program by March 15 each year in order to participate. Find details here.

A Mankato girl finished second in the Environment category at the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium in Washington D.C. in April for her oral presentation. Between her Minnesota Academy of Science earnings, and her National JSHS scholarship award, she has $10K toward her college future. (Sponsor privacy rules prevent us from disclosing her name or school.)

At the recent Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, keynote speaker Heidi Teoh, of General Mills, spoke to high school students about innovation. 

The impact of Science & Engineering Fair participation on youth who participate in year-long programs leading up to regional and state exhibitions is a system of creating a theory, testing it, and reporting on results to a wider audience. All provide critical thinking skills needed for 21st century learning, involving collaboration with an adviser, refining, adjusting, re-testing, and presentation skills both written, oral and display.

Minnesota Academy of Science offers several programs that offer young Minnesota students opportunities to showcase their STEM learning and research. We are beginning to showcase some of our alumni who have benefitted from Minnesota Academy of Science programs and all the hard-working advisers and coaches across the state. [Please share your own stories as an alumnus or adviser of MAS programs; mikkimorrissette @]


We asked Science Bowl volunteers why they take time out of a Saturday to work at a competition for middle and high school students.

Here’s what some of them told us:

NEXT UP for MinnTS -- a joint meeting of scientific and technical societies  

DATE: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

TIME: tours, 4-6pm; dinner & talks, 6-9pm

Edina #1 survived tough competition in the 32-team 2016 Regional High School Science Bowl -- defeated Eden Prairie #1 in the final round -- and will be representing Minnesota at the National competition in D.C.

Woodbury #1 won the Civility Award.

Albany sent a team to the High School Bowl for the first time.

The Minnesota Academy of Science programs enable us to get a glimpse at some of our future STEM specialists -- a strongly needed pool for academia and industry. There have been special efforts to encourage more girls to stick with their science, technology, engineering and mathematics interests for the long term. We talked with a few high school teenage girls after their participation in the 2016 Regional High School Science Bowl.

One high school team that performed strong -- losing only to the top four teams in the 32-team pool -- was St. John's Prep team #1. As a sample of the kind of strengths, hard work andfun that goes into the Minnesota Science Bowl program, we talked with the team's coach and three of its students.

Call For Nominations: 2016 Seagate Excellence In Science Mentoring Award

Pranav Anandarao, Rochester, MN & Andrew Eggebraaten, Rochester, MN

Due to delays in evaluation return-time, the announcement of the winners of the High School STEM Communicator Awards will be made in early May. We regret the inconvenience and will post the announcement and notify winners as soon as we are able. 

Congratulations to teachers Jodi Prchal, Mankato, MN, and Nick Schmitz, Mankato, MN for winning the Seagate Excellence in Science Mentoring Award!

The deadline for the High School STEM Communicator Awards has been pushed back all the way to April 15.

The deadline has been extended because we know how much work students put into their research projects for Science Fair and JSHS, and we want to make sure they have adequate time to prepare their paper submissions as well. That’s why we decided to make the final paper deadline after the State Science & Engineering Fair and North Central Regional JSHS so that they can focus on one thing at a time.

Ten Minnesota students representing three Regional Science Fairs were named Broadcom MASTERS semi-finalists. Broadcom MASTERS is a program for the top 10% of middle school science fair participants in the country. From more than 2,050 students who applied to the program, only 300 students nationwide were named semi-finalists in the competition. Thirty finalists will present their research in Washington, DC.

Awards listed below will be given out at the 2015 Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium. Awards are named after past presidents of the Minnesota Academy of Science who were leaders in their respective fields and exemplified the standard of excellence in science that MAS seeks to recognize, influence, and promote. 

The Minnesota Academy of Science Excellence in Science Awards are given to the top oral presentation in each room and the ten best poster presentations at the Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium. Winners are determined by professional scientists and researchers who interview the students about their research projects and provide written and verbal feedback.

Ten students from Minnesota received recognition for their research achievements at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). More than 1700 students from 70 countries, regions, and territories participated in ISEF. Of the 37 students representing Minnesota, 10 received an award.

Alanna Bram
John Marshall High School, Rochester (11th grade)
Determination of Factors that Impact Clearance of Suspended Particulate Matter (Dust) in Air

Neehar Banerjee
Claire Drysdale
Luis Guzman & Julia Joern
Sofie Kim & Jacob Levy
Matthew McMillan & Peter Metzger
Amrita Mohanty
Priyanka Narayan
Elisa Villafaña
Elliott Weiler
Patricia Zhao & Madison Ernst

The Minnesota Academy of Science wishes to congratulate Haleigh Larson, Park Christian School 12th grader, for being selected as a 2014 Presidential Scholar.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects 141 honored scholars from over three million graduates, annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Carolyn K. Jons, Eden Prairie High School, Eden Prairie, MN, won 1st place awards at the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force sponsored 52nd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), held April 23-27, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium is now open as of January 15, 2014. The Annual Meeting & Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium prepares undergraduate students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing a forum for students to showcase their scientific research, receive comments from professional scientists and peers, and network with professionals in the fields they aspire to enter.

The 81st Annual Meeting & 26th Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held April 26, 2014 at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona.

Edina 1 won the 2016 Minnesota Academy of Science Regional Science Bowl and is headed to D.C. for nationals.

Eden Prairie finished second. Chanhassen 1 finished third. See other standings here.

Woodbury won the Civility Award.

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1st Place:
Wayzata High School Team 1
2nd Place:
Wayzata High School Team 2
3rd Place:
St. Paul Central Senior High School 
Civility Award:
Minnetonka High School Team 2


Top Communicators announced at the 2013 Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair:

Honorable Mention

1st Place:
Eden Prairie Central Middle Team 1
2nd Place:
Wayzata West Middle School
3rd Place:
Wayzata Central Middle School Team 1
Civility Award:
Wayzata Central Middle School Team 2

View Photos & Awards

1st Place: 
St. Paul Central High School-Team 1
2nd Place:
Stillwater Area High School-Team 1
3rd Place:
Wayzata High School - Team 1
Civility Award:
Mahtomedi High School-Team 2

View Photos & Awards

Congratulations to Connor Klemenhagen, Champlin Park High School, for taking First Place in Environmental Science at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Dayton, Ohio!  For Connor's first place win, he received a $12,000 scholarship to any college of his choice.

Congratulations to Kevin Molohan for his student encouragement. As the teacher of the first place winner, Connor Klemenhagen, Kevin received $500.00 from the Academy of Applied Science.

The 80th Annual Meeting and 25th Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium will be hosted by Augsburg College on Saturday, April 13, 2013