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STEM Exhibition Symposium

The Symposium is part of the annual Chicago Public Schools Student STEM Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry. The Symposium is an opportunity for the exchange of ideas between a student presenter and a panel of university and industrial scientists in a particular area of science or mathematics. Emphasis is placed on a student’s inherent scientific interest and his/her ability to express himself/herself completely and correctly in oral and written form. Symposium entrants are required to conduct original research as a basis for the Symposium paper. However, this research need not be exhibited at the Citywide STEM Exhibition. The research paper requirements for exhibits and the Symposium are identical. Research involving humans, non-human vertebrates, human and vertebrate animal tissue, microorganisms, and recombinant DNA may require appropriate endorsement.


Entry Procedure

Any high school student who desires to participate in the Symposium must submit four (4) paper copies of the Official Symposium  Entry Form, Abstract, Safety Sheet, Endorsement(s) (if required), Image Consent Form and research paper to the Symposium Chairperson, Jennifer Patush at Curie High School GSR#37, by  January 10, 2020 for evaluation and selection.

In addition
, it is required that all participants e-mail a copy of the research paper with abstract, safety sheet and all applicable endorsements as one PDF file via email to  Attention – Jennifer Patush.

Students whose papers are selected will be notified and given a complete set of instructions for participation in the Citywide  Symposium. Other papers will be returned to the high school STEM Exhibition coordinator. Examine the Symposium Paper/IJAS State  Checklist in the 2020 Handbook for helpful information in completing the Symposium paper.


Symposium Papers

The Symposium paper is the same as the Research Summary and Abstract described in previous sections of the handbook. A high school student who plans to enter a project in the Citywide STEM Exhibition and also wishes to participate in the Symposium needs to submit four copies of the entire paper & entry form. These four copies are in addition to the copies needed for the exhibit. The page limit of 30 pages also applies. Extra pages will be removed and returned to the student. Each copy to be entered in the Symposium must be accompanied by the 2020 Student STEM Exhibition Official Entry Form for Symposium and Essay Competition, an IJAS Safety Sheet, and the appropriate endorsement(s) if applicable. The student is required to do original research. Symposium papers are due to Jennifer Patush at Curie High School GSR#37, by January 10th, 2020. In addition, it is required that all participants e-mail a copy of the research paper with abstract, safety sheet and all applicable endorsements as one PDF file via email to  Attention – Jennifer Patush.  There will be no extension of the deadline. Papers submitted after the deadline will be stamped Deadline, dated, and returned to the author. Papers submitted by the due date will be read and evaluated by the Screening Committee. Any papers that do not follow the guidelines in the 2020 STEM Exhibition Handbook will be returned to the student. Each school is allowed to submit to the Symposium Committee no more than 30 research papers. The total of 30 papers includes both Symposium papers and Essay papers.


Symposium Program

An orientation meeting for all finalists will be held before the Symposium date to familiarize the students with the Symposium locations and available audiovisual equipment which will include an LCD Projector and screen. Participants will be given complete details as to procedures and scheduling for their presentation in the program.


Each finalist will be given 10 minutes to present his/her paper, followed by a five-minute question-and-answer period. All participating students must remain for the entire morning or afternoon session. The main task of the participant is to present (in the time allotted) a recapitulation of his/her Research Summary, highlighting the Purpose, Hypothesis, Review of Literature, Materials, Results, and Conclusion(s).

Judges will not accept revisions of student papers after they have been received from the Symposium Committee.