Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability and The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

The Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability (PS3) provides a unique educational experience by bringing students from Hawaii and other Pacific Islands together to explore their common interest in the sciences. The PS3 is patterned after professional conferences and includes field trips and social events along with the presentation of papers. Expenses for the entire weekend will be paid for those Hawaii students and teachers selected to participate in the Symposium. The next Symposium will be held December 2 - 4, 2005, in Honolulu. Proceedings from the Symposium will be published and student participants will receive a copy.

The Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability serves as a regional competition for students to advance to the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). The JSHS is a national program funded by the United States Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force and sponsored by the Academy of Applied Science.

Five (5) finalists at the PS3 will receive expense-paid trips to the national JSHS in April/May. The top finalist will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the college of his/her choice, the runner-up will receive a $1500 scholarship, and the 3rd place winner will receive a $1000 scholarship. The 1st and 2nd place winners will also have the opportunity to represent Hawaii in the national JSHS and compete for more awards. The sponsoring teacher of the top finalist will also receive an expense-paid trip to the national competition. At the national JSHS, prizes include scholarships and travel to international science events.

Participation in the Symposium offers many benefits to the student including:
* a means to integrate student learning in science, social studies and language arts;
* an opportunity to receive guidance from a scientist or expert on a topic chosen by the student;
* experience in writing a scientific paper and making an oral presentation of that paper to peers and professionals;
* a chance to participate in a scientific conference, take field trips, and have their work published.