Award Qualifications and Requirements

The Minnesota High School STEM Communicator Award competition is open to individuals and teams of up to two students. For teams, the abstract and paper may be the same; teams will collaborate on their essays. We have modified the qualifications and requirements in order to be more inclusive of Grade 9 and 10 students. Students entering the Minnesota High School STEM Communicator Award competition should:

  • Have completed an investigative research project that explored a current issue relating to science, mathematics, technology, and society (library research projects will not be accepted);
  • Be Minnesota students;
  • Depending on grade, have taken a minimum of two years of high school science, including class work in biology or environmental science, chemistry and physics or have concurrent enrollment in physics -or-
  • Depending on grade, have taken a minimum of two years of high school math at an advanced level of coursework for their grade;
  • Have submitted an “Intent to Apply” by March 15, 2017 and application materials by April 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
  • NEW: Highly motivated students may submit documented participation in STEM-type activities to replace coursework in math and science, especially where AP or rigorous coursework may not be offered in their schools at their grade level. Examples may include, but are not limited to: Advanced Scouting projects, long-term research work at a college or university, mentorships in STEM areas, AP or Honors level math and science classes, Science Bowl participation, Robotics competitions, or Destination Imagination engineering projects. Please contact Karen Newell for clarification: karennewell@mnmas.org