Mohican District Science Day


March 23, 2019

Mohican District Science Day is the district science fair for students in grades 5-12 in schools of Ashland, Richland, Wayne, Holmes, Medina, Lorain, Huron, and Erie counties. Students who enter District Science Day must receive superior ratings at science fairs held locally at their own school, county, or school district. Projects that have followed Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) standards from students who come from schools where local science fairs are not held are also welcome providing you contact the Director for special permission. Students receiving superior ratings at the district level may then be selected to compete in the Ohio Academy of Science's State Science Fair at The Ohio State University on May 11, 2019.

The Junior Academy Council of the Ohio Academy of Science governs the Mohican District Science Fair (District 4 of the OAS); one of 14 district science days in the state. The OAS is a nonprofit organization founded to stimulate interest in the sciences, to promote research, to improve instruction in the sciences, to disseminate scientific knowledge, and to recognize high achievements in attaining these objectives. The Junior Academy Council sets quotas of students who can compete in State Science Day and sets the rules for entries and judging criteria.


Important Dates:

January 15, 2019 - On-line registration opens.

February 28, 2019 - Last day for local science fairs.

March 8, 2019 - On-line registration deadline,  with registration fees ($30.00 per participant) mailed (or delivered) to the District Office at
Mohican District Science Day
c/o Jeff Steele
401 College Avenue
College of Arts & Sciences
Ashland University
Ashland, Ohio  44085

March 23, 2019 - Mohican District Science Day

March 28, 2019 - On-line registration deadline for qualifiers for the State Science Day.

May 11, 2019 - State Science Day


Special Awards for 2019 - Students must register for these awards** to be eligible for consideration.  Students are limited to two (2) awards.

1. Outstanding Student Awards**

a.  Four Outstanding Student Awards will be given at the Mohican District Science Day.  In order to qualify for this, the student must submit a copy of their research paper with their consent form.

b.  The Mohican District Council is limiting the number of Outstanding Student Entries to four per school.  Grades 9 through 12 will be considered.

c. The winners will receive a plaque and $60.00 cash award.

2. Dean's Award**

Awarded by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Ashland University to the best interdisciplinary project; $100.00 cash award.

3. Governor's Awards **

$50.00 cash for each award (provided by the Mohican Science Council).  Please specify one of the following categories:

  • Advanced or Alternative Energy Research
  • Advanced Materials Science Research
  • Agriculture and Food Science Research
  • Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology Research
  • Environmental Protection Research
  • Information Science and Technology Research

4. Geology Club of Ashland University**

Awarded to projects in the areas of Earth and Space Science and Environmental Science; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards.

5. Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA)**  - *pending approval

Awarded to projects in the areas of waste water treatment and disposal.  Winner: $100 check for best project along with a letter of appreciation and certificate (at Awards Ceremony).  Honorary Mention: $50 check along with a letter of appreciation and certificate (at Awards Ceremony).  

6. Charles River Laboratories Award** - *pending approval

Cash Award - awarded to projects in the areas of Biochemistry (analytical), Chemistry (analytical), and Medicine and Health (disease diagnosis and treatment).

7. Cornerstone Counseling of Ashland** - *pending approval

Awarded to best project in Behavioral Science; Ashland University Bookstore gift certificate and award plaque.

8. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo** - *pending approval

Awarded to best project in Zoology; Admission tickets to the Zoo.

9. Ohio Soybean Bio Science** - *pending approval

3 - $100.00 awards for best projects in the area of agriculture biosciences, bioresearch, biopolymers, bio products, and/or biofuels using soybeans.  Sponsored by The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation.

10. Michael R. Hudson Outstanding Young Scientist Award

2 - $50.00 awards for best projects in grades 5-8, any category.  Sponsored by the Mohican District Science Council in memory of long-time director, Dr. Michael Hudson.

11. Wooster Local Section of the American Chemical Society Award - *pending approval

1 - $100 cash award for the best project in any area of Chemistry, grades 9-12.  Preference will be given to students that are from counties in the Wooster Local Section of the American Chemical Society (Ashland, Holmes, Richland, and Wayne).

*awards will be presented if funding is approved by the sponsor




Ashland University

Apex Clean Energy

American Auger



Charles River Laboratories

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Ohio Soybean Council

Cornerstone Counseling of Ashland

American Chemical Society

Ohio Water Environment Association