Founded in 1873, the Minnesota Academy of Science is a statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We do so by sponsoring STEM-education programs and events for students in elementary school through college.

Our core programs promote and recognize excellence in project-based, STEM inquiry and prepare students for college and career success.



Access to Excellence is the MAS continuum of K-12 programming that motivates students across Minnesota to get and stay involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) project-based research, preparing them for college and career success.


This program connects students from communities traditionally underrepresented in STEM with professional mentors and resources. Mentors help students develop their research and prepare for science fair showcases and competitions.

Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair

MAS works with the state science fairs in the nine regions of Minnesota to offer the opportunity for approximately 500 students selected from 3,500 participants to present their projects at the state level. MAS holds the Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) in the Twin Cities each year. At MSSEF, up to 100 organizations and businesses present awards to students with outstanding projects and research papers. Some student award winners receive expense-paid trips to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).


Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

This symposium takes place in conjunction with the State Science & Engineering Fair. High school students from Minnesota and the Dakotas present the results of their scientific research in a formal presentation to over 150 students, teachers, and judges. Students visit government, industry, and university facilities to explore career opportunities. Workshops help students prepare and present research. The top research paper presenters receive an expense-paid trip to the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.

Middle School & High School Science Bowls

Three hundred middle school and high school students from across the state compete in five-person teams solving technical problems and answering questions in all branches of science and math during two separate tournaments. Teams go head-to-head to buzz in to answer questions, just like the TV show Jeopardy. The winning middle school and high school teams each receive all-expense paid trips to compete at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl.


Higher Education

Annual Meeting/Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium

This annual symposium enables about 100 college students from Minnesota and surrounding states to present their undergraduate research to peers, academics, and STEM professionals through oral and poster presentations. The Minnesota Academy of Science Journal of Abstracts features research presented by undergraduates at the Winchell Symposium.