Application Components

To complete the application, students will need to submit an abstract, paper, essay question, transcript, letter of recommendation, photos, and application fee. Details for each of these components are outlined below. Please see Submission for details on how to format your application and where to send it.



The abstract should include the project title and provide a summary of the project. The body of the abstract should be no more than 300 words, excluding the title. The student’s name should not appear on the abstract other than in the file name. Judges read both the abstract and paper.



The paper should be written in 12pt Times New Roman or larger font, have one-inch margins, and be a minimum of 5-6 pages with a maximum of 20 pages not including the title page, table of contents, or abstract.

The research paper should include:

  • Title page stating the title of the research and student’s name;
  • Table of contents;
  • Acknowledgement of major assistance received;
  • If applicable, a statement that “the research involving non-human vertebrates or human subjects was conducted under the supervision of an experienced teacher or researcher and followed state and federal regulatory guidance applicable to the human and ethical conduct of such research;”
  • Abstract;
  • Introduction;
  • Materials and methods;
  • Results (data or findings);
  • Discussion and conclusions;
  • References or literature cited that follow the Editorial Policies;
  • Appendices (if necessary).

*The student’s name should not appear in the paper other than on the title page and in the file name. Do not include the student’s picture on any part of the paper.


Essay Questions

Essays should be written in 12pt Times New Roman font or larger, have one-inch margins, and be no more than one page each, double-spaced. Teams must collaborate to answer the essay questions.

  • Explain what inspired you to do the project.
  • Outline the benefits you think your research will bring to the world.
  • Indicate any substantive guidance you received when doing your research.
  • Indicate your contribution(s) to the research. Teams need to define the division of labor on the project in terms of time and input.



Have your school(s) mail an official transcript(s) to the address below. A transcript is required for each team member.

Please make note of the new location and phone numbers.

Karen Newell, Program Coordinator
Minnesota Academy of Science
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 103 St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone (651) 917-3994 Fax (651) 917-3978


Letter of Recommendation

Ask a teacher or your mentor who knows your project well to write you a recommendation on your work. Team recommendations should explain contribution made by each member of the team. The recommender should send the recommendation to as a PDF with the following title format [last name(s), first initial(s)]_2017CA_recommendation.pdf] (e.g. Simpson, C_2017CA_recommendation.pdf).



With your application, include one 2x3 head shot photo as well as one picture of you engaged in your research. Both photos must be .jpeg.


Application Fee

A $25, non-refundable fee is required with application to cover some of the cost of program. Include the student’s name with the payment. Checks must be received by March 30, 2017. No refunds will be made and only complete applications will be sent to judges. Make checks payable to Minnesota Academy of Science and mail to the address below.

Please make note of the new location and phone numbers.

HS STEM Communicator Award  
Minnesota Academy of Science 
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 103 St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone (651) 917-3994 Fax (651) 917-3978

Scholarship fund

A scholarship fund for financially needy students is made possible by a generous grant from St. Jude Medical Foundation. The scholarships will be awarded based on financial need. Financial need will be determined based on National Guidelines for qualification for school lunch program participation.

Scholarship applications must contain a parent signature and date and be scanned, emailed and properly labeled (subject line & document labeled: 2017, Your Name, Scholarship Application) to or faxed to the MAS office @ (651) 917-3978. Email preferred. Scholarship applications are due by March 30, 2017. Contact Karen Newell at with questions.