The Kurt J. Lesker Company®, on behalf of the American Vacuum Society, awarded six middle and high schoolers prizes for excellence in the Application of Physics at the 83rd annual Region 7 Science Fair of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences (PJAS). The event took place on February 4th, 2017 at Duquesne University and was sponsored by the Dean of Science for the university, Philip Reeder.
Over 700 students from the two counties that make up region 7, Allegheny and Westmoreland, competed for prizes in physics, chemistry, mathematics, behavioral sciences, biology, computer science, ecology, microbiology, engineering, and zoology. The six awards, of $100 plus a certificate from the AVS, were announced on stage by our representative, J.R. Gaines. He spent the day reviewing student presentations, consulting with the PJAS judges to determine which of the first or second place winners would get cash for their accomplishments.
In all, more than $5,000 in prizes was awarded by the Special Award sponsors which included: Bechtel, Westinghouse, U of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and several local chapters of professional societies including the American Chemical Society, American Nuclear Society, the Society of Women Engineers, and others. KJLC was proud to be involved this program for the encouragement of young students in their scientific endeavors.