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About PSTS

PSTS tries to identify and recognize OUTSTANDING SCIENCE TALENT in students who are juniors or seniors in high school. Students may be recognized through Award Certificates, Ceremonies, Letters of Recommendation, and Monetary Awards.

First Awards for Juniors and Seniors

The following State Awards are presented by the PSTS are to Juniors and Seniors.

For all Juniors who have received a First Award at the Regional Competition, had an interview there, and had their paperwork submitted to the PSTS director, these students will:

1. Receive a Junior Award Certificate, which will be distributed by the Regional Directors on Sunday evening at the state competition.
2. Have three letters of recommendation written for them from the P.A.S. to three colleges of their choice.
3. Be eligible for monetary awards from PAS, to be given at the Special Awards Ceremony on Monday evening. These awards are listed and described below. (The student must receive a first at state as well to be eligible for these awards.)

For all Seniors who have received a First Award at the Regional Competition, had an interview there, and had their paperwork submitted to the PSTS director, these students will:

1. Receive a Judge’s Award Certificate, which will be distributed by the Regional Directors on Sunday evening at the state competition. If the student also has entered Intel and became a semifinalist there, they will be awarded an Honors Award Certificate.
2. Be eligible for monetary awards from PAS, to be given at the Special Awards Ceremony on Monday evening. These awards are listed and described below. (The student must receive a first at state as well.

First Awards Eligibility

To be eligible, a student must:

1. Receive a First at their Regional Competition,
2. Be interviewed at the Regional Competition, and
3. Have a record of their interview mailed to the PSTS Director by their Regional Director or Regional PSTS Coordinator.

*An interview record includes: an interview form with the judges’ comments, the student’s transcript and SAT scores, and a letter of recommendation from a high school science teacher or counselor.

Please Note: Interviews for PSTS will be held in conjunction with the regional meetings of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). All interviews are conducted at Regional PJAS meetings; none are conducted at the State meeting.

All applicants for PSTS will be interviewed at the PJAS Regional meetings and must provide the interviewers with:
1. a letter of recommendation from their science teacher or guidance counselor,
2. a copy of their transcript showing their latest or midyear grades of the current school year, and class rank, if available
3. test scores (SAT/PSAT or ACT).

PAS-PSTS Monetary Awards

In addition to the Certificate awards listed above, PSTS awards the following monetary awards at the Special Awards Ceremony on Monday evening:

Sr. M. Gabrielle Maze PSTS Awards:
PSTS Outstanding Senior - $125 given to the five seniors (interviewed at the regional competition) with the highest scores (based on SAT’s, high school science grades, interview, scores at the competition, and years participation in PJAS.)

PSTS Outstanding Junior - $100 given to the four juniors (interviewed at the regional competition) with the highest scores (based on SAT’s, high school science grades, interview, scores at the competition, and years participation in PJAS.)

Note: The selection of the above two award winners will be based on a formula that takes into consideration the following:
1. SAT or PSAT scores;
2. high school science and math grades;
3. past PJAS participation;
4. and the score received on the presentation at the State meeting.

Zappa Award - $125 given to two students, one male, one female, either junior or senior in high school, who showed outstanding work in the fields of physics, math, engineering, or computer science.

Zappa Junior Awards - $75 given to two junior high school students, one male, one female, who showed outstanding work in the fields of physics, math, engineering, or computer science.

Oerlein Award - Senior High School - $125 given to 4 high school students (1 each in Biology, physics, chemistry, and math/computer science).

Oerlein Award - Junior High School - $50 given to 6 junior high school students (chosen from across the various science fields).

Note: The letters of recommendation, sent out in October for Juniors, and in April for seniors, may be the most beneficial part of this process for the student, and the quality of these letters relies on the letter from the student’s sponsor and the comments of the judges at the regional interviews.

Submission Requirements

All applicants for PSTS will be interviewed at the PJAS Regional meetings and must provide the interviewers with:
1. a letter of recommendation from their science teacher or guidance counselor,
2. a copy of their transcript showing their latest or midyear grades of the current school year, and class rank, if available
3. test scores (SAT/PSAT or ACT).

All awards are made at the PJAS State meeting. Certificate awards and monetary awards are described on the following pages entitled “About the Awards.” Selection of award winners is based on a formula that indicates consideration of high school science and mathematics grades, SAT scores, participation in PJAS competitions, and the score on the presentation at the PJAS State meeting.

PSTS State Director Contact Information
Marlene Cross, Ph.D.
Mercyhurst College - Biology Department
Erie, Pennsylvania 16546
Telephone (814) 824-2540

Interviews

Interviews for PSTS will be held in conjunction with the regional meetings of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). All interviews are conducted at Regional PJAS meetings; none are conducted at the State meeting.

Click here to download the PSTS Interview Form.

Judging Guidelines

Click here to download the Judging Guidelines




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