Founded in 1873, the Minnesota Academy of Science (MAS) 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.


Access to Excellence K-12 Programs

Access to Excellence is the MAS continuum of K-12 programming that motivates students across Minnesota to get and stay involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) project-based research, preparing them for college and career success.


This program connects students from communities traditionally underrepresented in STEM with professional mentors and resources. Mentors help students develop their research and prepare for science fair showcases and competitions.

Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair

MAS works with the state science fairs in the nine regions of Minnesota to offer the opportunity for approximately 500 students selected from 3,500 participants to present their projects at the state level. MAS holds the Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) in the Twin Cities each year. At MSSEF, up to 100 organizations and businesses present awards to students with outstanding projects and research papers. Some student award winners receive expense-paid trips to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). 

Junior Science & Humanities Symposium 

This symposium takes place in conjunction with the State Science & Engineering Fair. 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 explore career opportunities. Workshops help students prepare and present research. The top research paper presenters receive an expense-paid trip to the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.

Middle School & 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 

Higher Education

Annual Meeting/Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium

This annual symposium enables about 100 college students from Minnesota and surrounding states to present their undergraduate research to peers, academics, and STEM professionals through oral and poster presentations. The Minnesota Academy of Science Journal of Abstracts features research presented by undergraduates at the Winchell Symposium.



High School STEM Communicator Awards

This program identified, recognized, and encouraged 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.

Science Salon

This program provided 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. 


The Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science featured original research, scholarly papers, and abstracts from MAS research symposia. It was launched as an e-journal in 2012. The Minnesota Academy of Science Journal of Student Research (MASJSR) gave high school and college students an opportunity to have their research published online. 

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