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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 -- More than 1,100 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students in grades 5-12 will exhibit their projects at the 67th annual State Science Day on Saturday, May 16 hosted by The Ohio State University in the French Field House, 460 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus. The STEM scholars--from over 320 schools throughout Ohio--will vie for close to $1 million in scholarships and awards.

The Ohio Academy of Science, American Electric Power, The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc., Ethicon, and Battelle, sponsor 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," says 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 have 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 fund awards at State Science Day known as the Governor's Thomas Edison Awards. These awards include 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.

The day will begin with a Welcome Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in St. John Arena, 410 Woody Hayes Drive. This ceremony will recognize students for their achievement and students who have qualified for State Science Day more than 5 years will receive plaques. Student judging will begin following the Welcome Ceremony, and there will also be a parents' meeting at 10:00 AM in St. John Arena. During this meeting, the Academy CEO, Stephen McConoughey, will discuss the tools that are available to students as they pursue their scientific research whether it is in a school or independent of one.

For more information about State Science Day, visit, call (614) 488-2228 or email

2015 State Science Day Program

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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