Each year Dakota Electric sends five local high school junior or seniors on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour. Application due Feb. 21.
Archived Contests and Awards:
Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Award. What’s the best way to support the next generation of female tech enthusiasts? IT Center staff provide a resounding response: You recognize their talent and cultivate a community where they can experiment, explore, and thrive. That’s the goal of the sixth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards. While efforts to narrow the gender gap in the tech industry have received renewed attention, women made up only 26 percent of the nationwide computing workforce in 2016, and less than 10 percent were women of color. To apply: Applicants must first create or update an aspirations.org account here. Students can apply online beginning September 1, 2017 and the application period closes on November 6, 2017. The application includes several short essays and multiple-choice sections. You may want to review the application Application Step-by-Step Guide.
2018 Donaldson STEM Award recognizes and rewards high school students of African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Asian heritage for their interests and achievements related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The Science Museum of Minnesota is currently accepting nominations for high school students who identify as African American, Hispanic, American Indian, or Asian. Only Minnesota educators and STEM professionals are eligible to nominate a student. This award is exclusively for high schoolers. Nominations are due by Wednesday, November 8, and should be submitted online here. Donaldson Science Award winners receive $500, a one-year membership to the Science Museum of Minnesota, and recognition at an exclusive brunch during one of the museum’s Science Fusion events.
MN Youth Institute:A program that engages 8-12th grade students in solving local and global hunger issues. Students research and submit a solution to food security issues, and then all students who apply are invited to come to campus to present their solutions to research, business, and legislative leaders. All students who participate are also awarded a $1000 scholarship to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences within the University of Minnesota, and are then eligible for paid internships from UMN and USDA, and a select few are selected to go to Iowa to the World Food Prize and those students are eligible for paid international internships. Find out how to get involved here. Deadline is April 15
Emperor Science Award program. The Emperor Science Award program is committed to helping all students in grades 10 & 11 that have a passion for science join the next generation of cancer researchers. Through this award program, 100 winning students from across the country will be paired with a university-level mentoring scientist to collaborate on an important cancer research project. Due March 17.
TWIST (Target Women In Science and Technology) EPIC Award. The TWIST EPIC Awards honor young women in the Twin Cities for their dedication to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These young women demonstrate Engagement, Passion, Innovation, and Curiosity within these fields and TWIST encourages them to continue pursuing this path. Nomination form. Deadline is 9/20/17.
Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology: is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000. You can compete as an individual or as a member of a two or three-person team. Last year’s competition featured 1,700 submissions and 19 national finalists.
Research reports in engineering, math and biological or physical sciences are eligible, though topics in behavioral or social sciences are not. Additional information about project eligibility is available HERE. The competition is open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States enrolled in grades 9-12. Individuals submitting projects must be in grade 12. Teams may consist of up to three students from any eligible grade. Teams must be finalized by August 14. Resources are available for students, families, educators and teams in need of a mentor. Research reports and additional required materials must be submitted by September 19. For more information, or to register for the competition, visit siemenscompetition.discoveryeducation.com
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