Information to Judge at the Virginia Junior Academy of Science

The Virginia Junior Academy of Science will hold its 2018 VJAS Research Symposium in conjunction with the Virginia Academy of Science Annual Meeting in Farmville, Virginia at Longwood University, Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. The purpose of this meeting is to give approximately 750 students in grades seven through twelve from throughout the Commonwealth the opportunity to present papers, which will report original research they have conducted. On Wednesday, papers will be presented every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. You will be invited to come early that morning to prepare for the arrival of the young scientists. A detailed schedule of events will follow in May as well as the delivery of their papers for your review.

How can we accomplish this goal? In order to achieve this monumental task many volunteers are needed. Each of the sections requires a Head Judge and judges, in which they are needed in all fields. There are both middle and high school categories from which you may choose. Categories are evaluated and revised each year so you may note different categories below than were available last year. Judging requires one to read and evaluate no more than twenty-two papers, which will be received approximately three weeks prior to the date of the meeting. The judges are asked to be present, with those papers, at a briefing on Wednesday morning. A detailed scheduled will be posted online closer to the event.

Please help us to make this an event to remember. So, register today and secure your first choice in categories. Please fill out and submit this form below. You will, at a later date, receive notification of the category you will be judging, parking permits, scoring rubric, schedule, and other important information. We will update you with more details as the logistics are worked out. We truly appreciate all that you do and hope that you will be willing to contribute your time and effort again.

If you know of any others who may also be interested in assisting VJAS, then please pass this information on to them. The entire program is made possible by your volunteer efforts, and its success rests on your willingness to help. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 1-757-897-3104 (phone). Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Susan Booth, VJAS Director, susan.science@gmail.com

Please complete (by March 15, 2018 or you may not receive your first choice).

    Conflict of Interest Disclosure & Eligibility (REQUIRED)

    Due to potential conflicts of interest, we request that the following persons not serve as VJAS Judges: Current classroom teachers at schools that have one or more students who will be submitting VJAS papers (i.e., schools that are current VJAS Member Schools and schools of students who are VJAS Individual Members), persons serving as mentors for students who will be submitting VJAS papers, and parents of students who will be submitting VJAS papers. Please verify that you have no conflict by clicking the following.
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    Name and Contact Info

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    Mailing Address (Home address preferred)

    Note: This address MUST be able to receive physical mail via the postal service (so you can receive a packet of papers to judge!). We ask that you DO NOT submit institutional addresses as the mailed packet can get lost. Best would be to provide your home mailing address. We will only use this address to mail you the packet of papers to judge.
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    Category Expertise for Section Judging

    Judging assignments will be dependent on your marked choices. Rank your top 5 choices. Do not apply for any section that you feel you cannot judge. It is important that you realize that you are an expert in your field. Middle School categories are marked MS and High School categories marked HS. There are a total of 19 categories to choose from.
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