IAHS-IUP NSM Research Partnership Proves to be a Winning Combination

Posted on 2/27/2018 2:37:03 PM

Twenty-two Indiana Area High School Science Club students traveled to Slippery Rock University on February 24, 2018, to compete in the Region Nine Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science fair. Students competed in multiple categories, including engineering, computer science, chemistry, biological, and social sciences.

The IAHS Science club was founded in 2013 starting with only two students competing, and it has grown tremendously in a few short years. The 2017–18 school year has brought great opportunities for students in the club, due in part to a partnership forged last year by Emily Hixson, IAHS science teacher, and Holly Travis of the IUP Biology Department. This year, students had the opportunity to work in the social sciences, biology, biochemistry, botany, and microbiology with IUP professors.

Of the IAHS entries in this year’s science fair, 17 students earned first-place awards and the right to attend the state-level competition at Penn State University this May.

Included in the first-place awards were two perfect scores by Eliza Ray in biology and Nathan Birch in biochemistry. Talia Mastalski’s research was recognized as outstanding by the Region Nine directors for her work in engineering, while Kharis Bohn received the same recognition for her work in behavioral science. Tian Schiera received the Innovation Award for her work in biology.

Besides the upcoming state-level competition, students will participate in the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the Carnegie Science Center. If you are interested in seeing their work, students will be presenting to the public at IUP on the evening of April 2 on the first floor of Weyandt Hall from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the annual Women in STEM event. This kicks off IUP’s Research Appreciation Week activities.

The club sponsors would like to thank the Indiana School Board; Wade McElheny, principal of IHS; Deanne Snavely, dean of the IUP College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and all of the IUP professors who have and continue to support our efforts to mentor tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.