American Junior Academy of Science

Each year, The Ohio Academy of Science recognizes and rewards pre-college, student researchers as Melvin Scholars. These students (Melvin Scholars) will represent Ohio at the national American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) meeting. This meeting is held in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting.  AJAS provides Ohio students an opportunity to interact with other student researchers from across the country as well as scientific professionals from around the world.

In addition to interacting with student scientists and professionals, there are activities for the students to participate in throughout the week. These activities include interactive laboratory experiences, field trips, plenary lectures, and small group meetings with world renowned scientists and engineers.

AJAS is very unique because it is not a competition, rather it is a conference that celebrates student success by introducing them to the social, cultural, intellectual, and professional aspects of STEM professions.

Melvin Scholars are selected based upon the quality of their research presented at the Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair.


Please help us in congratulating the most recent students named as Melvin Scholars!

Cyril Andrews – University School

Sraavya Anne – Mayfield High School

Ryan Ballou – Carroll High School

Anjali Dhanekula – Hathaway Brown School

Kaitlyn Greppin – Hathaway Brown School

Isabel Hsieh  – Hathaway Brown School

Zuha Jaffar – Hathaway Brown School

Jonathan Jang – University School

Caroline Jung – Hathaway Brown School

Toussaint Miller – University School

Nathan Mu– University School

Devi Dheekshita Nelakurti – Metro Early College HS

Michelle Park – Solon High School

Arvind Prasad– Sycamore High School

Emily Qian – Hathaway Brown School

Sunay Rastogi – University School

Kaisal Shah – Hathaway Brown School

Avinash Singh – Sylvania Northview High School

Sohum Kapadia – University School

Kimberly Lin – Hathaway Brown School

Julia Madureira – Hathaway Brown

Ian Swain – University School

Kailey Takaoka – Hathaway Brown School

Angela Yu – Hathaway Brown School


Each Spring, to be considered for a Melvin Scholar, one must:

have an abstract accepted into the OAS Annual Meeting

  • attend the entire meeting and

  • complete a Melvin Scholar Report.

Melvin reports shall not exceed 10 typewritten pages with no additional attachments permitted. Clear, concise writing is expected. Number all pages except for the cover sheet/abstract (which is page 1). Electronic versions (use your last name as the file name) must contain the entire report in a single, Adobe PDF file. Multiple files will not be accepted.


The OAS Annual Meeting is a scientific meeting; therefore, we expect students to present as they would at a professional meeting. This is done by using a scientific poster. It can be printed on a large sheet of paper (from places such as FedEx-Kinkos), or an easier, cheaper option, is to use 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper.

OSU has a good site to walk students through how to develop a scientific poster:

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