COMPETITION DATES: Friday March 27, 2020

REGISTRATION DATES:  February 24, 2020- March 12, 2020


Message from the Director 3/19/20

Hello Participants

The NCSAS Board of Directors is working tirelessly to set up a remote competition. We are extremely grateful that our keynote speaker, Dr. Melanie Simpson, NCSU is able to present to us via Zoom. The title of her talk is 'Sugar in prostate cancer: tools, fuels, and steroid foils'.

Thank you for your patience as we work to coordinate our registration system with our payment system – any lag in reporting from the registration system should be updated by this weekend.

Participants and Judges will be sent messages about connecting via Zoom. We urge you to follow the directions carefully and use the Zoom Test Meeting option to practice and identify any technology issues prior to March 27th.

We understand that many of you will be participating from home and may have connectivity issues. If that is the case, please be reassured that your research will be judged based on your paper, even if you cannot connect.

Updated Message from the Director (3/11/20)

Hello Students, Chaperones and Judges,

I have been following closely the progression of COVID-19. I have decided that the NCSAS State Competition will go forward with the Backup Plan as detailed below. By deciding now, this provides a measure of certainty about the format and the timing and allows us to put all our efforts towards planning for a remote event.  

What we are working towards is:

1)      Friday March 20th, Detailed instructions sent out to join an optional ‘practice’ zoom session for students and judges.

2)      Friday, March 27th:

a)      3:00 pm, registrants may join the main zoom session.

b)      3:30 pm, Keynote speaker, Melanie Simpson, Ph.D. Chair Biochemistry, NCSU.

c)      4:15 pm, instructions to participants, move to zoom break-out rooms.

d)      4:30 pm, presentations begin.

e)      6:30 pm, students move back to the main zoom session for the student election.

f)       7:00 pm, close the event.

3)      Tuesday, March 31, Winners are posted to the website.

Zoom break-out rooms will be set up specifically for students who have registered and paid. If you have not paid, you will not be able to ‘enter’ the zoom break-out room. Students will be judged on their paper and their presentation. If there is a technology problem during the presentation, the student will be judged with a different rubric based on the paper alone. Participants who have elected to participate in BioGeneius will be judged on their paper (as always). Judges are provided with the student papers a week before the competition.

We are all in new territory trying to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and making alternative plans. As we navigate the uncertainties, I ask your patience and forgiveness as we try to provide a quality experience for the students. It won’t be perfect; we may have to wrangle some technology, but we will all try our best under the circumstances. We hope to be back to normal next year!

Special Message from the Director

Hello Students, Chaperones, and Parents, 

Thank you for your participation in the NC Student Academy of Science Competition. We are all following the news about coronavirus (COVID19) which has cast uncertainty onto many public gatherings - to say the least!. The NCSAS Board of Directors met to develop a backup plan in case the NCSSM Durham campus is closed or public events are not allowed at NCSSM. The NCSAS Board is committed to nurturing young scientists and recognizing their work and we feel that this backup plan accomplishes those goals. 

If operating conditions are normal at NCSSM, we will proceed with the competition as planned. In the event the NCSSM campus does not allow public events or is closed, we will follow the Backup Plan. You may track NCSSM Operating Conditions here. Regardless of the operating conditions, a decision will be made on March 16, 2020. Please see the details below.


NCSAS Backup Plan, 2020 


In the event the NCSSM campus does not allow public events or is closed, we will follow the Backup Plan for the NCSAS State Competition scheduled for 3/27/20. 

  1. The NCSAS State Competition will take place remotely. Specifically, the judges will have access to the student papers (as they always do), but on March 27th, the students and judges will meet via Zoom videoconference between 4:30-6:30 pm. Students will be judged on their papers and their presentations. The judges will determine the winners and communicate that directly to the NCSAS Board. Winners will be posted on the NCSAS website within 5 days at which time students can view the results. 

  2. Attendees can be reimbursed 66% of the registration fee. Checks will be mailed to the payor. Attendees must contact NCSAS to request the refund no later than March 31, 2020. If we have not heard from you by that time, we will assume that your payment is a donation to NCSAS.  

  3. The decision to switch to the remote format will be decided no later than Monday, . This will be communicated via the NCSAS website and the registration software.   

Registering for the NCSAS State Competition

Your District Director will let you know if you have qualified for the State competition and will provide you with a password for registration.



First, make sure that you meet the Project Guidelines.


Then, Register through the link above. 


Before submitting, please read the following:


  • While at the meeting, the chaperones are responsible for the safety and conduct of the students under their care. NCSAS cannot assume any liability for persons attending this meeting. The cost of the registration includes a box dinner. 


  • In submitting the registration form, students and teachers/chaperones acknowledge that they have read the guidelines for the Advanced Category and certify that to the best of their knowledge, this paper either does or does not meet any of the criteria which would place it in the Advanced category.


  • You must include a completed Animal Use Form if you use animals in your research.


  • A limited amount of funding is available to support selected student projects. To be eligible, you must complete the Grant Proposal Form.


  • Students who participate in an NCSAS District or State Competition automatically become members of NCSAS.