2023 Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS)


Region 4 Science Fair at Millikin University


    Event overview

    Millikin University will host the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) Region 4 Exposition on March 4, 2023. The exposition will be held on the Millikin University campus at the Leighty-Tabor Science Center (LTSC). The Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Exposition is the largest high school and middle school research competition in Illinois. More than 1,200 students from schools across Illinois will exhibit research and design investigations. They will compete for scholarships, best in category awards and other special awards.

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    Students begin their research and design projects supported locally by their schools, teachers and parents. Students advance to their regional expositions, which select the top students to advance to the state exposition. Student presentations will include the following topics:

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Biochemistry
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • Consumer and Behavioral Science
    • Engineering

    In addition, the IJAS State Exposition will feature an essay and artistic design competition.

    Scholarships for Competition Winners

    Millikin University is pleased to award scholarships to winners of the Illinois Junior Science Academy competition. First, second and third place winners will receive $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 Millikin University-IJAS Scholarships respectively to be applied toward full-time undergraduate study at Millikin University.

    Multiple scholarships awarded to an individual student may be combined but must not exceed a total scholarship amount of more than $6,000 annually, or $24,000 for four years of study at Millikin. Millikin-IJAS Scholarships are restricted for use toward tuition only and may only be used by the recipient. All Millikin University application and admission rules and guidelines apply.


    Contact the IJAS Region 4 coordinators

    Project session chair, Dr. Iffat Ali, 217-234-5291
    Paper session chair, Judy Bennett, 217-234-5064

    Millikin Event Coordinator, Dr. Daniel Miller.
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