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PJAS State Pennsylvania Science Talent Search (PSTS)

  1. Students: In just four steps, you can submit your project for consideration for the PJAS Pennsylvania Science Talent Search (PSTS) as part of the 2021 PJAS State Competition!
  2. Important! The deadline for submitting this form is 11:59 PM EST on April 16, 2021. All submissions are timestamped on our server. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
  3. Step 1 - Enter Your Information:
         -Name
         -Mailing Address
         -Email Address
         -Grade
         -Years of Regional Participation (including this year)
         -This Year's Project Category and Title
         -Your Region-Sponsor-School
  4. First Name*
    Please enter your First Name.
  5. Last Name*
    Please enter your Last Name.
  6. Address*
    Please enter your Address.
  7. City*
    Please enter your City.
  8. State*
    Please select your State.
  9. Zip*
    Please enter a valid US Zip Code, either 5 digits (12345) or 9 digits separated by a hyphen (12345-1234).
  10. Email Address*
    Please enter a valid Email Address.
  11. Confirm Email Address*
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  12. Grade*
    Please select your Grade.
  13. Years of Regional Participation*
    Please select your Years of Regional Participation.
  14. Project Category*
    Please select your Project Category.
  15. Project Title*
    Please enter your Project Title.
  16. Region-Sponsor-School
  17. *
    Please select your Region-Sponsor-School.
    Data last updated 1/1/2021 10:40 PM
  18. Step 2 - Upload the following documents:
         -A Letter of Recommendation from a high school science teacher or guidance counselor
         -An Essay on the specified topic
  19. Letter of Recommendation*
    Please upload your Letter of Recommendation.
  20. The Essay Topic for 2021 is:

    "In the past, our scientific methods and institutions have tended to emphasize the study of individual natural processes rather than systems, analysis more than synthesis, and understanding nature more than predicting its behavior. And in many instances, science has focused on short-term, small-scale problems, often in monodisciplinary mode, rather than on long-term, large-scale or integrated problems. While these approaches and perspectives have built up a considerable base of knowledge and led to a vast portfolio of useful technologies, especially in the 20th century, many of the problems now facing humankind can be solved only if we approach science more holistically. Greater effort is needed to understand integrated natural systems on multiple time and space scales."

    Citation: The Role of Science and Technology in Society and Governance - Toward a New Contract between Science and Society. (1998, November 3). Retrieved January 05, 2021, from http://www.unesco.org/science/wcs/meetings/eur_alberta_98_e.htm
  21. Essay Directions:

    Closely read and thoughtfully reflect on the above quote. Identify a problem that affects all of humankind and that is of interest to you and explain how the holistic application of science and mathematics, as described in the quote, may be used to solve said problem. Your essay is limited to 1,000 words. All sources used must be appropriately cited using APA or MLA format. Be sure to identify yourself, your school, your PJAS region, and your sponsor somewhere on the essay document.

    Upload your completed essay below.
  22. Essay*
    Please upload your Essay.
  23. Step 3 - Consent to Being Contacted by PJAS Staff
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