NCSAS - Sharing Science the Way Scientists Do.

The NCSAS fosters interaction between student researchers and scientists.  The NCSAS competition is distinctive in requiring both a paper and an oral presentation, and providing an opportunity for students to receive constructive feedback from the research scientists who judged their projects. In addition, we offer mini-grants to student researchers to encourage their efforts.

Middle and high school students compete at the District level where they may win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Place ribbons in their category and may qualify for the State level competition. The State level competition takes place at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. In addition to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals, the most outstanding high school students are awarded a subsidized trip to the American Association for the Advancement of Science /American Junior Academy of Science (AAAS/AJAS) annual meeting (the trip is generously subsidized by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund).  We award the Charles Lytle Scholarship ($1,000 towards college tuition) to an outstanding high school senior. 

If you have a project that you'd like to submit, please Register for your District Competition

Who we are

The North Carolina Student Academy of Science (NCSAS) is an organization for students in grades 6-12 in alliance with the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS). The objectives of NCSAS are 1) promoting the study of science, technology, and mathematics, 2) assisting students to pursue careers in science and technology, and 3) encouraging students to use their talents for the improvement of themselves, their schools, and their communities. Each year, NCSAS holds District and State competitions at which students have the opportunity to share their research. On March 23, 2018, the site for the annual state meeting is the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham.

The NCSAS is made up of nine districts state-wide with eight of them being geographical and the ninth being the North Carolina School of Science and Math which enrolls students from all over the state. Contact information for District Directors is listed under District Competitions. For more details regarding NCSAS and information about the district and state competition procedures, please see the NCSAS Handbook.

Other Programs

Students interested in NCSAS may also be interested in:

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

The North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair

Duke Talent Identification Program

NC Alliance to Create Opportunity for Education

North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center