National Association of Academies of Science

The National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) is a standing committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that facilitates the information exchange between regional, state, and municipal academies of sciences and supports their work with student scientists. One purpose of NAAS is to serve its members by enabling them to work together toward common goals, but also when possible to assist their independent undertakings. A key area of common interest across member academies is to promote the participation of young people in the sciences.

American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS)
NAAS volunteers organize the AJAS convention, which is held in conjunction with the AAAS Annual Meeting. 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. Additional information on becoming a delegate to the AJAS conference, and guidelines for submitting research abstracts can be found on the AJAS website.

Honorary AAAS Memberships
Annually, each NAAS member academy nominates two secondary school and two college students for one-year honorary junior memberships in AAAS. As members of AAAS, the students receive the magazine Science each week for a year and a certificate of membership. Applications for Honorary Student Memberships may be obtained online and then submitted by mail to the member academies.

Research Grants
To improve 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 year. Applications for Student Research Grants may be obtained online and then submitted by mail to the member academies.

Additional information on NAAS, including a list of member academies and officers, can be found on the NAAS website or in the AAAS Handbook.

Photo of male student explaining his research project
Photo of female student explaining his research project

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