American Junior Academy of Sciences (AJAS)

Scroll down to see the projects of our 2022 awardees.

The American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) is the only national honor society recognizing America’s premier high school students for outstanding scientific research. The AJAS mission is to introduce, encourage, and accelerate pre-college students into the professional world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each state’s Academy of Science nominates high school students as AJAS delegates. The chosen delegates are then invited to attend the AJAS annual conference, which is held in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting. During the conference, AJAS delegates tour local institutions of scientific importance, share their research with their peers and with other scientists, attend conference sessions, and are inducted as lifetime Fellows into the American Junior Academy of Science.

Each state’s Academy of Science determines the guidelines by which their AJAS delegates are chosen. In Washington, the WSAS K-12 Education Committee selects awardees after an application process that takes place each summer. WSAS invites eligible high school students, who have competed in state or regional science fairs and who have placed highly and/or have been selected to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), to apply. WSAS sponsors delegates to attend the AJAS and AAAS meetings, covering all expenses including travel, registration, meals, and lodging. Each year, WSAS attempts to sponsor all qualified applicants.

Our AJAS delegates are supported by community grants from Boeing. And in past years, they have also been supported by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Vulcan, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.

About AJAS

AJAS is a National Honor Society for students who have completed exemplar scientific research projects while attending high school. It the only honor society for pre-college research scientists. Each affiliated (city, state, or regional) Academy of Science nominates their top high school science researchers and these students are invited to our conference.

The AJAS conference gives students a chance to share their research and discuss science topics with the leading scientists of our time at the AJAS Breakfast with Scientists; and to present their research at poster, PowerPoint, and oral presentation sessions. AJAS is not a competition. The AJAS mission is to introduce, encourage and accelerate pre-college students into the social, cultural, intellectual, and professional world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

WSAS’s 2022 awardees and their projects can be found below. To view student posters and or/ slide decks, click on the title of their project.

2022 Awardees

Aiden Bai

Camas High School

Lucia (High Performance JavaScript Library)

Saketh Dhulipalla

Tesla STEM High School

Predicting Wildfires in Washington

Jacob Gannon

North Central High School

The Impact of the Gut Microbiome on Personality in Canines

Anika Halappanavar

Richland High School

Analysis of COVID-19 Misinformation Origin and Cure Narratives

Jennifer Hu

Tesla STEM High School

Identification of Genes for Depressive Disorder as Biomarkers

Nidhi Krishna Kumar

Olympia High School

MUSR: Low-Cost Multipurpose Sterilization Robot

Yuchen Li

Tesla STEM High School

Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation Weakening

Gabriella Lui

Newport High School

Apply Machine Learning to Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alexis Schallock

North Central High School

The Impact of the Gut Microbiome on Personality in Canines

Emily Scrupps

Odessa High School

Customized 3D Printing of Live Cells for Novel Bio-Circuitry