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Science Talent Search

The Indiana Academy of Science is proud to present: Science Talent Search 2023!

Download the full announcement and entry information: 2023 Science Talent Search.

The Indiana Academy of Science (IAS) is pleased to invite all Indiana 11th and 12th  GRADE  HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS to register for the 2023 Indiana Academy of Science, Science Talent Search, a yearly competition aimed at identifying students with the potential to become future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. This year the competition is held virtually with the help of electronic media and remote judges.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA.  The competition is open to all 11th and 12th grade Indiana high school students to submit work performed in current and last school year. Your teacher or sponsor must certify that the research being presented only includes experiments performed by the 11 or 12th grade students at their schools. (Please alert your teacher-sponsor to respond to our verification email.)  Each student applicant can only submit one application.  The Parental/ Guardian Consent Form must be submitted with the student application (form included).

Each student applicant will prepare and submit an electronic personal data application and the parental/guardian consent form by September 15, 2023, and submit an abstract, poster file (.pdf), and a research paper by September 29, 2023. The four (4) participation materials will be reviewed and scored to determine which students will advance to the final round. Decisions will be made by scientist judges of the Indiana Academy of Science and emailed to student participants on October 16, 2023. The ten selected finalists will be invited to virtually meet with competition judges for a 15-minute recorded interview session on the morning of November 4, 2023. The winners of the competition will be announced on the same afternoon (November 4, 2023) in an “Awards Honors Ceremony,” also held in a virtual setting.


  • One first place winner will be designated as Indiana State Winner and will represent the Indiana Academy of Science and present their research at the joint conference of the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) and the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS)  (Date and location TBD). The Indiana Academy will pay the expenses to the conference for the student.
  • The second-place winner will receive a $600 scholarship to be used at whatever Indiana or United States college or university they choose to matriculate. (Scholarships are sent directly to the institution to be applied to the student’s account).
  • The third-place winner will receive a $300 scholarship to be used at whatever Indiana or United States college or university they choose to matriculate. (Scholarships are sent directly to the institution to be applied to the student’s account.)
  • Each of the finalists will receive a $50 gift card to help defray the cost of his/her research project.

All winners will be chosen on the basis of judges reviews,  based on originality, and written quality and clarity of student presentation of their science research projects.  Awards will be announced at the Awards Honors Ceremony on November 4, 2023.

ENTRANCE PROCEDURES: To enter the Indiana Academy of Science Talent Search, follow the 3 steps below:

  1. Contact Linda Buff to obtain a packet for your student(s).
  2. Complete and return the Indiana Academy of Science Talent Search personal data application survey and Parental/Guardian Consent Form by September 15, 2023, to inacademyofsciencetalentsearch@gmail.com.
  3. Prepare and submit an Abstract, Poster pdf (project display pdf), and a Research Paper by September 29, 2023.  (Find guidelines and helpful information in this application packet).

Note: Late entries will be disqualified.

The Indiana Academy of Science (IAS) Science Talent Search is sponsored and funded through is Youth Activities Committee and this year’s competition is partnered by both Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue University NW.

Questions?   Linda Buff (Admin. Asst.) linda.buff@indianaacademyofscience.org


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