College of Natural Science & Mathematics

The Alaska Statewide High School Science Symposium (ASHSSS) is a research, writing and oral intensive program that helps students develop science research, writing, and oral presentation skills. Students complete science research, submit written papers of their projects for technical review and revision and then present the findings to separate panels of judges in one of four categories.

Professor Abel Bult-Ito, Ph.D., directs the program.   Dr. Denise Kind is the Associate Director.

Students are able to work with some of the best scientists in their field of interest. Then they can present their results in a scientific setting that, for this level of competition, is as close as students can get to a professional academic science symposium experience.

Past participants have been published in scientific journals, gone on to work toward advanced science degrees, and one was awarded a Rhodes scholarship.   

The ASHSSS program is one of 48 regional affiliates to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.   The US Army, Navy, and Air Force fund the program and the Academy of Applied Science administers it.   We receive additional financial support from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center, the Alaska Science Consortium, and the Usibelli Foundation.

ASHSSS is celebrating its 30th year and is currently hosting the symposium on March 28 and 29. Click here to see the intinerary and procedings.

Click here to visit the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium site


2015 ASHSSS Winners!

L-R: Teacher Gregory Kahoe, Quetzal Luebke-Laroque, Ian Fleming, Michael Kaden-Hoffmann, Brooke Gottmeier, Katherine Bates, ASHSSS Director Abel Bult-Ito.
L-R: Teacher Gregory Kahoe, Quetzal Luebke-Laroque, Ian Fleming, Michael Kaden-Hoffmann, Brooke Gottmeier, Katherine Bates, ASHSSS Director Abel Bult-Ito.

1 st Place - National JSHS Speaker #1 - Katherine Bates, West Valley High School, Progesterone’s Effects on Compulsive-Like and Anxiety-Like Behaviors of Compulsive-Like Mice, Mus musculus

2nd Place - National JSHS Speaker #2 - Ian Fleming, Petersburg High School, Survival of Hatching Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus Kisutch) in Relation to the Application of Glyphosate Based Herbicides

3rd Place - National JSHS Poster Presenter #1 - Brooke Gottmeier, West Valley High School, Chlorophyll Levels in Cornus canadensis Undergoing Winter Reddening

4th Place - National JSHS Poster Presenter #2 - Michael Kaden-Hoffmann, West Valley High School Phylogenetic Analysis of DNA Sequences Supporting Three Reciprocally Monophyletic Species in Dwarf Rosebay – Therorhodion (Ericaceae)

5th Place - National JSHS Poster Presenter #3 - Quetzal Luebke-Laroque, West Valley High School, The Relationship between 3D Printing Temperatures and Print Quality

6th Place - National JSHS Alternate Delegate #1 - Marlene Bond, West Valley High School, The Music of our Minds – Does Listening to Different Genres of Music Influence Performance on Simple Math Tests?

7th Place- National JSHS Alternate Delegate #2 - Dawson Verley, West Valley High School, A Statistical Assessment of the Reliability of Temperature Trends in the Arctic Atmosphere

8th Place - National JSHS Alternate Delegate #3 - David Chen, West Valley High School, A Genetic Mechanism Underlying Bacterial Drug Resistance

Special Awards:

Alaska Branch of the American Society of Microbiology ($25): William Mitchell, West Valley High School, Investigation of the Sulfolane Degradation Potential of a Variovorax sp. Isolated from a Subarctic Aquifer

Dan Glass Memorial Award from the American Society of Microbiology ($25): Summer Morton, Petersburg High School, The Possibility of the Transformation of Escherichia coli when Cultured in Agar with Genetically Modified Organism Corn 


2015 National JSHS Winners!

L-R: Michael Kaden-Hoffmann, Ian Fleming.
L-R: Michael Kaden-Hoffmann, Ian Fleming.

Ian Fleming, Petersburg High School, won first place and a $12,000 scholarship at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
 
Michael Kaden-Hoffmann won the 4th place poster award out of 125 posters and a $300 check.