State Science Day

State Science Day

State Science Day is an event sponsored by the Ohio Academy of Science since 1949.

In 2002, The Ohio State University entered into agreement to coordinate the event locally at no cost to the academy. The event was assigned to the Office of Continuing Education events management team, now part of the Office of Distance Education and eLearning. Coordination includes facilities, volunteers, logistics, supplies, program design and printing, security, parking, and overall support. The current agreement expires in 2016.

STEM Scholars Compete for close to $1 million in Scholarships and Awards at State Science Day

Ohio State Hosts Event Featuring Scholarships, Governor's Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Technological Design

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On Saturday, May 16th, more than 1,100 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students in grades 5-12 exhibited their research projects at the 67th annual State Science Day. This event is hosted by The Ohio State University each year, and the STEM scholars--from over 320 schools throughout Ohio--competed for close to $1 million in scholarships and awards.

The Ohio Academy of Science, The Ohio State University, American Electric Power, The Ohio Environmental Education Fund, Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc., Ethicon, and Battelle, sponsored State Science Day, with The Ohio State University Office of Distance Education and eLearning coordinating the event locally.

"This event highlights the dedication of the students, and the high priority that Ohio as a state places on STEM-education," said Stephen McConoughey, CEO of The Ohio Academy of Science. "We are thankful for the large number of sponsors that support this event, as well as the over 1,000 judges and volunteers that donate their time each year. Without their help and scientific expertise, this event would not be possible."

The students competing at State Science Day had advanced to the state-level competition from 16 district science days held in the March.

Since 1949, local, district, and State Science Days have comprised Ohio's largest and most far-reaching STEM education program. In these 66 years, more than 65,000 students have participated in the annual event.

Several Ohio Departments and Centers funded awards at State Science Day known as the Governor's Thomas Edison Awards. These awards included Excellence in Student Research in Advanced or Alternative Energy; Advanced Materials; Agriculture and Food Technology; Biotechnology and Biomedical technologies; Environmental Sciences and Information Technology. Sponsors for the Governor's Awards include The Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Development Services Agency (Technology Division), the Ohio Environmental Education Fund and several Edison Technology Centers.        

A Welcome Ceremony was held to begin the day. Michael Hofherr, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Ohio State welcomed the attendees. Following this, the Welcome Ceremony highlighted the students, parents, educators, and judges who all help to make State Science Day possible. Four year, five year, and six year awardees were all recognized, and the 8 six year awardees received the rare six-year awardee plaques and $200 each from The Richard Hinig family of New Philadelphia, in honor of their son, Brock:

  • Iulia Barbur, Hudson HS, Hudson
  • Mica Brooks, Our Lady Of The Elms, Akron
  • Karthik Chakravarthy, Beavercreek HS, Beavercreek
  • Isaac Bednarki, Benjamin Logan HS, Bellefontaine
  • Kyle Davis, Big Walnut HS, Sunbury
  • Derek Demel, Athens HS, The Plains
  • Bethany Cox, Alliance HS, Alliance
  • Abigail Myers, Big Walnut HS, Sunbury

The following eleven schools received the Harold C. Shaw Memorial Outstanding School Award, earned by schools that had at least four students receive a "Superior" rating or had more than four projects with 80 percent of the students receiving a "Superior" and no "Good" ratings: 

  • Pettisville HS, Pettisville
  • St Vincent DePaul, Mt Vernon
  • Mentor HS, Mentor
  • Paulding HS, Paulding
  • Dublin Coffman HS, Dublin
  • St Agatha, Columbus
  • Upper Arlington HS, Upper Arlington
  • St. Columban, Loveland
  • Sycamore HS, Cincinnati
  • William Mason HS, Mason
  • Zane Trace HS, Chillicothe

A complete roster of participating students and sponsored awards posted at:, and for more information about State Science Day, visit, call (614) 488-2228 or email

2015 State Science Day Program

State Science Day 2015

Event Info

State Science Day hosted by The Ohio State University

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Location: The Ohio State University, French Field House and St. John Arena

OSU visitor information

Campus map

Safety Tips:

  • Lock your doors and keep all valuables with you or locked up and out of sight at all times.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings! Park and walk in well-lit areas at night, and do not walk alone.
  • Call the police department if you need to report suspicious activity. Emergency phones (plainly marked pole with blue light on top) are situated all over campus to contact the police.

Important Notice: Please check back for important announcements about traffic, parking, and local events that could effect your travel or stay in Columbus for the 2015 State Science Day.


In The News

STEM Scholars Competed for over $4 Million in Scholarships and Awards at State Science Day

- The Ohio Academy of Science

Great Stories on student scientists from across Ohio!

Solon Local School District

-The Plain Dealer

Marion Area Science Fiar

-The Marion Star

New Albany-Plain Local School District

-New Albany News

Additional Resources

Ohio Academy of Science:

State Science Day Information: 

District Science Days:


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