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APS members are encouraged to make an APS award at their local or regional science fair at the elementary, middle, or high school level. Student winners receive an APS t-shirt and a certificate for the best physiology project. The teachers of the winning students will receive an APS teaching resource packet.
A limited number of awards are available each year on a first come, first served basis. Applications must be submitted no fewer than 6 weeks prior to the local science fair date. The award materials, as well as packets of APS careers trading cards for all fair participants, will be mailed to the APS member.
The program is an outreach activity of the APS Careers Opportunities in Physiology Committee with support provided by the APS Council. The goal is to encourage APS members to participate in their local and regional fairs. The program provides opportunities for students from elementary through high school to learn what physiology is and to become “associated with the field” through recognition of their work. The program also builds connections between APS members and their local schools. Finally, it encourages local fairs to promote physiology-based projects to their students since there are potential awards to be won.
Any APS regular member in good standing who participates as a judge in a local or regional science fair at an elementary, middle, or high school is eligible to apply to receive support to make an APS award. APS members who are graduate students or postdoctoral fellows must have approval from their department to make awards.
The judge (or judges) must be an APS member in good standing who is willing to present the award on behalf of the APS to the student with the best physiology project. (One winning student per science fair) After the science fair the judge will report on the winner via an online report form. Winners will be posted on the APS website. Please note: APS members should follow appropriate rules for avoiding potential conflicts of interest to assure that their participation in the judging does not appear to be biased. APS members should not judge projects developed by members of their families or extended families, or children of their lab group members.
The winning student will receive an APS t-shirt, APS certificate, and a “Physiology Researcher” lapel pin. The teacher of the winning student will receive an APS resource packet and the Women Life Scientists book.
We encourage APS members to participate as science fair judges at different grade levels throughout the year. However, an APS member can only request support for one APS student award package per year.
If you have questions about the program, contact the APS Education Office.
Members please review the Science Fair Award Guidelines before submitting your request for an award.
Science for Society and the Public provides a searchable database to help you find local science fairs.
Mentoring Forum article by Michael Ryan (7/2014)
2013 Science Fair awardees July issue
2012 Science Fair awardees June issue
2012 Science Fair awardees February
An article in The Physiologist describing recent awardees.