Part Four: Awards
In addition to the awards of Gold, Silver, and Bronze, the following
presentations will be made.
Awards and Tours
and organizations offer special awards and tours to selected
exhibitors. These awards are made on the basis of criteria established
by the companies or organizations that provide judges. Judging in this
category involves numerous diversified criteria and does not always
correspond to the general evaluative judging all participants at the
Citywide STEM Exhibition undergo. It should be noted that many of these
are based on the subject matter of the project as well as its
quality. Some examples are here.
(If your organization is interested in sponsoring a
special award or tour email Ruby Sheree Parnell-Booth at email@example.com.)
Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Awards
These awards will be presented to participants from
the group of projects earning Gold awards. Four students will compete
at the ISEF during the month of May in a major U.S. city or U.S.
possession. In 2018, the ISEF will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 13-18. Additional information can be found on the Intel
ISEF Website .
Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) Awards
These awards will be presented to all exhibitors and
to 15 Symposium participants receiving a Gold award. Recipients of the
IJAS awards will be eligible to compete in the statewide competition
held on the Bradley
University Campus in Peoria, on Friday
Saturday, April 27 and 28, 2018.Additional information can be obtained
from the IJAS Web page:
President’s Research Grant
Students can request reimbursement up to a maximum of $250 for expenses
incurred from conducting research. Obtain an application from Science
Support, (773) 553-6293. Due date is November 1.
100 Achievement Awards
The ComEd 100 Annual Achievements in Science Award
Program encourages young scientists (Grades 7–12) to complete a science
project by exploring an area of interest. By working on science
projects students will be able to learn more about a subject and
possibly win a prize that will help in college. Students have an
opportunity to win an IBM Laptop (with DID and MS Office); a $2,000
U.S. Savings Bond, or a PALM Package (with keyboard, carrying case, and
dictionary card). For applications, contact the Black star Project at
(312) 842-3527, or go to their Website: http://www.blackstarproject.org
. Applications are also available from the Illinois
Junior Academy of Science at (630) 773-2697 or go to the IJAS Website: http://www.ijas.org .
Clean Water Awards are presented at the Annual IJAS
State Exposition to students whose projects best demonstrate the
application of scientific methods in their research in an area relating
to the Earth’s surface, underground, or atmospheric water environment.
Possible areas of research include the effects of pollutants on water
quality and public health; non-conventional or innovative processes for
wastewater or sludge treatment or disposal; and the effects of airborne
pollutants on the water
environment. A Grand Prize will be given to the best project, including
a U.S. Savings Bond and an invitation to present the project at an
Annual Meeting of the Illinois Water Environment Association. Five
Honorable Mention awards will also be issued.
Metric Association, Inc.
The U. S.
Metric Association, Inc. will present awards to students who have done
an outstanding job of using the metric system in their exhibits. The
award for high school students is a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. The award
for elementary school students is an achievement certificate.
See the inside back cover of the 2017 Science Fair Handbook for
information about correct SI Metric System usage.
Cover Design Contest
Any student in Grades 7 through 12 is eligible to
take part in the cover design contest. Students do not need to compete
with a project, paper, or essay in local, area, or state science
expositions to be eligible. All entries must be received at IJAS Cover
Design c/o CPS Student Science Fair, Inc., P.O. Box 803945,
Chicago, IL 60680-3945 no
later than this date.
This year the theme of the design entry is Science is Universal. Use an 8½” X 11” sheet of
white paper for each entry. Indicate the words Illinois Junior Academy
of Science on your design entry. This should be large enough to be
seen. Keep the design simple. Limit the color range to one or two
colors. Please include the following information on the back of your
entry: Your name, home mailing address, home phone number, school name,
sponsor name, state region number (which is 3 for all Chicago public
schools). The design committee will judge all entries. The top entries
will be presented to the IJAS Student Officers, and the final voting
will take place. The entries of the top 10 finalists will be displayed
at the State Science Exposition in May, and the winning entry’s
designer will receive a monetary award.