The Minnesota Academy of Science, founded in 1873, is a statewide organization committed to promoting interest in and appreciation of science. We do this by encouraging and facilitating excellence in science and science education at all levels, sponsoring programs and activities for science students, science teachers, scientists, and other interested adults.

Science Salon

A forum for professional scientists to stay current on groundbreaking research and emerging technologies, engage in fun, cross-disciplinary social interactions and networking, and participate in philanthropic activities. Stay Current, Stay Connected.

Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair

The Academy works with the State Science Fairs in the nine regions of Minnesota. From 3,500 participants, who have come from 25,000 students statewide, about 500 are selected to present their projects at the Minnesota Academy of Science State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF), which is held in the Twin Cities each year. At the fair, up to 100 organizations and businesses present awards to students with outstanding projects and research papers. Many student award winners receive expense-paid trips to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). 

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (takes place as part of State Science & Engineering Fair)

At this Symposium, high school students from Minnesota and the Dakotas present the results of their scientific research in a formal presentation to over 150 students, teachers and judges. Students visit government, industry and university facilities to talk about work and career opportunities. Workshops help students prepare and present research. The top research paper presenters receive an expense paid trip to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Middle School and High School Science Bowls

Three hundred middle school and high school students from across the state compete in five-person teams solving technical problems and answering questions in all branches of science and math during two seperate tournaments.  Teams go head-to-head to buzz in to answer questions, just like the TV show Jeopardy.  The winning middle school and high school teams each receive all-expense paid trips to compete at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl.

High School STEM Communicator Awards

This program identifies, recognizes, and encourages high school students showing exceptional potential in performing scientific research, in communicating their research through writing, and in understanding the societal context of their research and results.

Annual Meeting/Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium

This event provides opportunities for individuals involved in science in Minnesota to meet their colleagues and present the results of research with a regional emphasis and allows more than 150 undergraduate students to present the results of their research in paper and poster sessions. 


This program will connect its participants with professional mentors and resources while they develop their research and prepare for competition


The annual Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science featuring original research, scholarly papers and abstracts from MAS research symposia was launched as an e-journal in 2012. The Minnesota Academy of Science Newsletter is published online three times a year. The Minnesota Academy of Science Journal of Student Research (MASJSR) gives high school and college students an opportunity to have their research published online.

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