Central Catholic student inducted into American Junior Academy of Science

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Saturday, 31 March 2012 04:00
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TOLEDO—Mary Carrigan, a junior at Toledo Central Catholic High School, was one of 120 high school students from across the United States and Canada inducted into the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS).

Mary Carrigan, a junior at Toledo Central Catholic High School, was recently inducted into the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS).
Mary Carrigan, a junior at Toledo Central Catholic High School, was recently inducted into the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS). (Photo courtesy of Toledo Central Catholic High School)

The induction ceremony took place in February during the American Academy for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The AJAS has been in existence for more than 70 years, and 2012 marked the academy’s 50th annual conference. The AAAS is known for its promotion of science as publisher of the journal Science.

Induction into the AJAS is the highest honor for a student scientist. The AJAS is America’s only research society for high school scientists. Each state’s academy of science selects the premier high school researchers from its state to be lifetime fellows in the AJAS. In Ohio, students advance to this level based on their success at the district and state science fairs and participation in an invitation-only poster presentation at the Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting.

Mary’s project, titled “How Does Changing the Sample Size Effect the Reliability and Validity of a Previous Experiment Exposing Unsafe Amounts of Lead in Lip Gloss?” was one of 13 projects selected from Ohio. She was the only representative from northwestern Ohio.

During the international conference, the students presented their original research projects at a formal poster session in which scientists from around the world interacted with the students one-on-one. In addition, Mary had the opportunity to formally present her research in a group setting.

Mary, of Maumee, is a student in Central Catholic’s International Baccalaureate program. She plans to study economics and chemistry after high school.

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