Academies of Science
exceptions, state, regional, and municipal academies of science
were established after the founding of AAAS in 1848; a number of
them with AAAS assistance. In 1927, an Academy Conference was authorized
by the AAAS Council to serve as a standing committee on relations
among the affiliated academies and between all of them and the AAAS.
In 1969, the name of the Academy Conference was changed to the National
Association of Academies of Science (NAAS).
Forty-four of forty-seven academies affiliated with AAAS are members
of NAAS. The governing body of the NAAS is composed of two representatives
from each academy, and the NAAS has two delegates on the AAAS Council.
The NAAS facilitates the exchange of information between member
academies and provides assistance for the formation of new academies.
The NAAS has strong interest in the work of junior and collegiate
academies of science and in encouraging young people interested
in science. NAAS student activities include:
volunteers organize the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS)
convention, which is held in conjunction with the AAAS Annual Meeting.
Each state academy of science nominates delegates to the American
Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) convention. The AJAS delegates
present scientific papers at a poster session and participate in
activities that are tailored to the interest of high school age
scientists. The AAAS provides meeting rooms and reduced registration
fees to the AJAS delegates and their chaperones. Additional information
on becoming a delegate to the AJAS conference and guidelines for
submitting abstracts can be found at http://www.jcjc.edu/org/ajas/.
research in the sciences by secondary school students, AAAS provides
funds to NAAS member academies to support research by secondary
students. Typically, ten to twelve small grants are awarded each
each NAAS member academy nominates two secondary school and two
college students for one-year honorary junior memberships in the
AAAS. As members of the AAAS, the students receive Science each
week for a year and a certificate of membership.
American Junior Academy
Linda B. Akli, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Elfner, email@example.com