March 20, 2017

Media Advisory – Science Fair

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the annual Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 8 Science Fair at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  

About 400 junior high and high school students will participate in the event, which is set for Thursday, March 23, in the Student Center ballrooms. Judging is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with all projects open to viewing from 1 to 4 p.m.  Officials will present awards beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium.  

There are 18 project categories, ranging from aerospace to behavioral science, health and zoology. More than 150 SIU faculty and graduate students volunteer their time to act as judges. Many academic departments and campus units also sponsor student and school awards totaling several thousand dollars. Only those registered with IJAS are allowed to compete.  

Judges will select about 60 projects to advance to the state competition, held at Northern Illinois University in early May. 

For more information, contact Kathy Pericak-Spector, professor of mathematics and coordinator of the event, at 618/453-6569 or