Bishop Guilfoyle

Bishop Guilfoyle

Catholic High School

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Goodness, Discipline, Knowledge

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS)

"The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations." (

Students who are involved in PJAS at Bishop Guilfoyle work with teachers, and a sponsor, in order to select a project, perform the experiments, and analyze the results. Students are able to expand their laboratory skills through their work as well as become more proficient in their experiments. Students who participate in PJAS must choose a category in which their research will take place. There is a wide selection from which to choose. Students can research anything from Biology and Behavioral Psychology to Computer Science and Physics. Those who wish to be a part of PJAS then take their findings and present them to judges at a regional PJAS competition. The highest scoring projects are then selected to compete at the State Competition.

PJAS is a great way for those who are interested in the sciences to ask and answer their own questions. Students are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and to constantly push the envelope. Bishop Guilfoyle encourages students to partake in something as interesting and exciting as the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science.