Two Big Walnut students are among 14 pre-college students selected to represent Ohio at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in February.
Selected were Abigail Myers of Big Walnut High School and Faith Myers of Big Walnut Middle School.
The Ohio Academy of Science selects John H. and Ruth Melvin Memorial STEM Scholars each year based on research submitted to the academy’s annual meeting. At the association’s meeting, these students will be named honorary fellows of the American Junior Academy of Science.
The AJAS is the only U.S. honor society which recognizes America’s high school students for outstanding scientific research, and it hosts a meeting that is run in conjunction with the AAAS meeting.
To qualify as a Melvin Scholar, pre-college students must have an abstract accepted through peer-review of scientific professionals to present at the academy’s annual meeting. Next these students must submit an additional Melvin Scholar Report detailing their independent research. These reports are again judged by professional members of the academy, with only the students submitting the highest quality work being named as Melvin Scholars.
“Each year the level of work from our pre-college students is exceptional,” said Stephen McConoughey, the academy’s CEO. “The opportunity to attend AAAS and AJAS is a great reward for these highly motivated students. This meeting provides them a forum to interact with other students and scientists from around the country and begin building contacts that they will have for years to come as they continue their scientific studies and careers.”
Information for this story was provided by the Ohio Academy of Science.