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International High School Students Research Symposium

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Live virtual event
Dec 2, 2023 | 12 AM PT


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By contacting science teachers of Los Angeles Unified School District, LAUSD (the second largest school district in the country) as well as the STEM Section of LA County Office of Education, SCALACS became aware of the fact that very few schools are offering research training to their students. This state of affairs does not bode well for the country as these students coming out of high schools are expected to enroll in STEM subjects in universities and community colleges and eventually undertake research. They constitute the backbone of the future of the country's research for the benefit of population at large. Our country depends on these students to contribute to the advancement of science in order to tackle the myriads of problems we are facing. We are experiencing the effects of climate change - global warming generating floods, wildfires , health problems and food shortages, to name a few.

It takes a concerted effort of not only chemists, but also of scientists from the biological, geological, physical, medicinal, engineering and technological disciplines to combat the problems we are facing. Our scientists are making spectacular advances in all these scientific areas through the development of alternate energy sources through green science-based research. It is of paramount importance that our high school students are made aware of these achievements and educate public at large on the problems and remedial measures. With these objectives in mind, SCALACS proposes to organize a symposium in which high school students from around the world present their research work in various STEM fields. Their presentations will serve as a model for other students and encourage their science teachers to introduce research training programs in their schools. SCALACS (and National ACS and other local sections) should work together with University and public/private research establishments to achieve this goal of building our future generation of scientists.

There are 29 students making virtual live presentations, each speaker for 15 minutes. They come from all over the world, including Asia, Europe, Africa and USA. Time schedules are arranged on the basis of which part of the world they are presenting from. The morning session is from 9 am to 12 noon and afternoon session from 1 pm to 5 pm. There will be six judges and six awards to the best six presentations will be given.

Event Details

  • December 2nd, 2023
  • 9:00am – Noon PT and 1:00pm – 5:00pm PT

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Contact Krishna Kallury or SCALACS office for any additional information.

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