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2024  Senior Academy

Abstract /Presentation Submission Requirements


All undergraduate and graduate students (who are NJAS members) from NJ institutions can participate under the senior academy division.

Participants presenting at this event will have the opportunity to have their research abstract published in the NJAS journal "The Bulletin"; serve as NJ Academy of Science delegate at the 2024 "American Association for the Advancement of Science" at the senior academy level; and allow participants to add this experience to their resumes.  ALL SENIOR ACADEMY PARTICIPANTS WILL  SERVES AS A JUDGE FOR THE JUNIOR ACADEMY PRESENTATIONS. 

We are honored to host postdoctoral fellows and faculty who would like to present in this division and the registration fee will be waived .


Environmental Science / Ecology

Cell or Molecular Biology

Health / Medicine

Chemistry / Biochemistry



Mathematics/Computational Science

Psychology / Animal Behavior


Plant Science

Marine & Aquatic Science

Animal Science 

Earth Science / Geology / Meteorology


This year, the requirements to participate in the research competition will include several phases which include:  a written abstract, a headshot picture of the participant, a photo release form, and an 8-10 minute PowerPoint/Google Slide presentation, presented live on the day of the event

 Live Presentation  April 20, 2024 - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


Follow these instructions carefully (improperly prepared abstracts/missing info may cause rejection of your abstract):

  1. We will only accept abstracts that are submitted in electronic form.  The preferred format is MS Word, Arial font, size 12, fully justified.  RTF format is also acceptable.  

  2. The abstract should be approximately 200 words long, excluding title, author and school or institution affiliation information.

  3. Type the title in bold and all capitals, except for scientific names.

  4. Start authors with the first author. Underline the name of the presenting author. The presenting author must be an active NJAS member. If the presenting author is a student, type (student) after the presenter's name. 

  5. All registration fees MUST be received by February 23th, 2024. Late meeting registrations are not accepted.  You will be notified by e-mail of your registration completion after you submit registration payment, in that email you will be given a google form link to submit the abstract.

  6. All abstracts MUST be received by March 1th 2024. Late abstracts are not accepted. 
  7. Annual meeting April  20th, 2024 with academic scientific presentations, a keynote , professional development seminars and an award ceremony

Example of typical abstract:


Joe Smith (student), Jane Doe, Chemistry Department, Kean University, Union NJ 07083

A series of terpenyl ethers was synthesized and analyzed for purity and structure.  The ethers were submitted for aroma quality evaluation…


Students will showcase their  oral presentation explaining their project.  The presentation is a 10 minute live presentation using the same or an updated Google Slide show, with a 12 slide maximum, not including the title slide or references.  

Each 10 minute presentation must have the following components:

  1. Title Slide (Title, Name, NO school mentioned)

  2. Introduction (Rationale)

  3. Objective & Hypothesis

  4. Assumptions

  5. Materials, Equipment, Facilities

  6. Procedure

  7. Data (Graphs, Tables, etc.)

  8. Data Analysis and limitations

  9. Conclusion

  10. Plans for Further Research

Participants should consider the following questions before presenting the final presentation:

  1. Scientific Thought 

    1. Does the project follow appropriate methodology (examples: appropriate controls; what is current with regard to the topic; how will this research add to the body of knowledge)?

    2. Is the problem clearly stated?

    3. Are the procedures appropriate and organized?

    4. Is the information collected accurate and complete?

  2. Creative Ability 

    1. How unique or original is the project idea?

    2. Is it significant or unusual for a student of this age?

  3. Understanding 

    1. Does the project explain what the student learned about the topic?

    2. Does the project represent real study and effort?

    3. Does the project show the student is familiar with the topic?

  4. Clarity 

    1. Does the student clearly communicate the nature of the problem, how the problem was solved, and the conclusion?

    2. Are the problems, procedures, data, and conclusions presented clearly and in a logical order?

    3. Does the student clearly and accurately articulate in writing what was accomplished?

    4. Is the objective of the project likely to be understood by one not trained in the subject area?

  5. Presentation 

    1. Is your display or presentation visually appealing?

    2. Is the proper emphasis given to important ideas?

    3. Are all the components of the project present and executed well?

    4. Is the project presented within the time limit of 10 minutes? (points will be deducted for not adhering to the 10 minute mark.  Students will be asked to "stop" speaking at 10 minutes.)

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