Kirkpatrick Trophy and National Academy Awards
Eva and Kemps Kirkpatrick have supported the Junior Division from its historical beginnings. Eva served in the past as State director for the Junior Division for two consecutive three-year terms (a record). In recognition of the Kirkpatrick family’s tireless efforts to build the Junior Division from the ground up to what it is today, the two top Senior High papers are recognized each year with this trophy donated by the Kirkpatricks. These two students also receive a one-year free membership in the Missouri Academy of Sciences.
Kirkpatrick Junior Eagle Awards
In 1993, Eva and Kemps Kirkpatrick, long-time supporters of Junior Division activities, chose to extend their Senior High “Eagle” trophy recognition already in place for the two top Senior High finalists to include as well the two top Junior High finalists. (first awarded, 1993.)
Paula Macy Memorial Award
This award is given to a student who completes the most impressive project without using any university or professional laboratory space or equipment during the course of the project.
MO-SCI Corporation Achievement Award
This award recognizes the best poster presentation given by a high school student.
Allhoff Memorial Award
This award recognizes the best earth science paper by a middle level student. Francis and Margaret Alloff, born at the turn of the last century, did not understand the importance of girls learning science, nor even leaving the house to work in the scientific world. Yet, they allowed all their daughters and their one son to train and work in this field. Their forward acceptance of the pace of our world has not only allowed their children to be scientists, but their grandchildren now include a female doctor, a female geologist, and other scientists. The best earth science paper by a middle level student will receive this award. (If there is no earth science paper, this award may be given to a related paper.)
Jan Bulger Memorial Award
This award of a plaque and $25 cash recognizes the best expository writing in a paper by a middle level student. Jan Bulger was taken in her prime by cancer. In the few years that she was allowed to teach she gave so much to her reading and English students. Jan stands tall among teachers, and a paper reflecting her expository writing will receive this award. (first awarded, 1990.)
Paul Schamburg Memorial Award
This award recognizes the best testing apparatus built by a middle level student. Paul Schamburg did not have the benefit of a college education, but worked effectively as a carpenter and skilled technician until he died while still in his 50’s. Mr. Schamburg’s saw that all three of his children were able to obtain an education beyond high school, and he delighted in working with the children in his hometown of Perryville Missouri. This award will be given to the best testing apparatus, honoring Mr. Schamburg’s skills in carpentry and technology. (first awarded, 1990.)
Senior High Poster Competition Awards
Fifty dollars cash and a certificate are awarded to the four best posters selected by a special judging team. (first awarded, 1988.)
Dr. John Paul Morris Award
A plaque and a $25 check are presented each year to a young woman interested in physical science in memory of Dr. John Paul Morris. Dr. Morris was an early member and strong supporter of the MAS Junior Division and is interested in the encouragement of young women in the sciences. (first awarded in 1976.)