NJ STEM Month Initiative
NJAS Colloquium for LIFE (Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, and Excellence) in STEM
This virtual colloquium is an initiative of the NJ Academy of Science that aims at empowering middle school and high school students' perspectives on diverse scientific themes. The focus is to cultivate an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) or health sciences by providing a space for students to showcase their expository writing, art, topical presentation, or research initiative to our scientific community.
NJAS is giving our youth a voice, as stated by Dr. Brion-Meisels, “listening to young people doesn’t mean unilaterally considering their perspective, it means recognizing that young people have a perspective on the world that adults can’t share, and that their perspective should be welcomed alongside the wisdom that adult perspectives bring.” For this reason, NJAS is excited to invite students from NJ to showcase their work at this colloquium.
The colloquium is meant to raise a discussion regarding scientific cutting-edge topics and enhance STEM awareness by enhancing delivery of diverse scientific media styles. All (novice or expert) presenters are welcome to present or showcase their scientific piece and gain feedback from the NJ Academy of Science community.
This NJ Academy of Science initiative is meant to build a support medium for students to establish relationships with their peers, teachers, NJAS community and people in their potential career field who can provide great support, friendship and growth. It can lead to professional relationships in their future.
Middle School/ High School students.
Please contact Dr. Kiruthika Balasubramanian to showcase your work for next March 2023.
Presenter Registration: (Next event will be March 2023)
Registration is now closed to only those interested in being a "Presenter" at the 2022 LIFE colloquium (due to limited space).
All others are welcome to register, attend, and give feedback to the presenters (students, teachers, parents/guardians, scientists).
Please encourage your students to use the schedule to make first, second, and third choice selections for each of the four themes:
Scientific Topical Review - is a critical account of what has been published on a topic by accredited researchers. - More information
Scientific Research presentation - The presentation should include: a short intro, your hypotheses, a brief description of the methods, tables and/or graphs related to your findings, and an interpretation of your data. The presentations should be no more than 10 minutes long More information
Scientific Art Writing - Creativity is crucial to the capacity to do science well, to communicate it in compelling ways, and to enhance learning. For this reason, students may showcase any poems or writing pieces that focus on science.Scientific literature for Art writing importance
Art Showcase - This year NJ Academy of science will ignite the visual power of artwork in our scientific community. All students' art forms ranging from drawing, painting to origami and 3D printing are welcome. AAAS similar initiative.
Guests Registration: it is free and is in a virtual format. Link
2 day event
Day 1 - Keynote Seminar
March 18 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Day 2 - Student Presentations
March 25 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Students will receive a certificate from the NJ academy of Science and presenters will be introduced as the 1st class of LIFE inductees.
Day 1 - Keynote Speaker Seminar
6:00 p.m. - 6:10 p.m. – Welcome, announcements, & host introductions
6:15 p.m. - 6:35 p.m. – Session 1 - Pam Dixon-Kuhn, MS
6:35 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. – Break
6:45 p.m. - 7:05 p.m. – Session 2 - Maria Agapito, Ph.D.
7:05 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. – Q/A
7:45 p.m. – Closing remark
Day 2 - Student Presentations
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. – Check-in
6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. – Welcome and Announcements
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm – Presentation 1
6:30 pm - 6:45pm - Presentation 2
6:45 pm - 7:00 pm - Presentation 3
7:00 pm - 7:10pm - Break
7:10 p.m. - 7:25 p.m. – Presentation 4
7:25 p.m. - 7:40 p.m. – Presentation 5
7:40 p.m. - 7:55 p.m. – Presentation 6
7:55 p.m. – Congratulatory Session/Closing remark
Volunteer for LIFE
Do your students need volunteer hours? Volunteers are needed for LIFE, a colloquium for middle and high school students. Volunteers can assist with a variety of tasks including helping with the workshops, participant registration, and helping students navigate the virtual platform.
This year the event will take place Friday, March 18th & 25th from 6 to 8 pm in a virtual manner (Zoom).
We are accepting sponsorships for this event. Thank you to our sponsors for making this event FREE for middle and high school students!
To continue making an impact on the middle and high school students of our region, NJAS - LIFE initiative needs your support. This colloquium is a prime opportunity to develop interest in the career field your organization works in. There are no minimum sponsorship requirements for this conference. Companies and organizations can provide a monetary donation in any amount they are comfortable with or donate door prizes for the students who attend. All sponsors are recognized on marketing materials, including the website, conference packets, and on-site signage.
What do sponsorships pay for? Sponsorships help keep our registration costs minimal so that more students (from disadvantaged communities) can participate in this event, assist in covering prize expenses and as well as cover meal costs (for live events).
Become a Sponsor Make a Donation - Donate
Maria Agapito, PhD - NJAS President
Kiruthika Balasubramanian, Ph.D - NJAS Executive Secretary
Donna Leonardi, MS - NJAS Newsletter Editor