Our Story...

The New Hampshire Academy of Science (NHAS) was originally founded in 1919 as an affiliate organization of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The NHAS became a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable corporation in 2016. We are one of 45 states that have an Academy of Science with a total of over 125,000 members. As part of our mission, we support high school and middle school students from New Hampshire and Vermont who wish to perform original STEM research in an authentic scientific laboratory. In the past 3 years, we have supported the participation of over 40 students in national scientific meetings where they published and presented their research performed at our STEM Lab in Lyme NH. In 2018, we will sponsor 23 students from 8 regional schools to present their research at the annual meeting of the AAAS in Austin, Texas.

This opportunity to directly participate in science has had remarkable results in sparking interest and action in these youths. We are currently leasing a building where we operate an advanced STEM Laboratory on the campus of Crossroads Academy in Lyme NH. The programs at the STEM Lab is owned and operated by the NHAS and open to students throughout the state and the bordering towns of Vermont.

Like other State Academies, we encourage our students to present their research at the annual symposium of the AAAS where the students interact with the world’s leading scientists and engineers - they experience the authentic experiences of a scientist. They also interact with other Junior Academy members from around the country (last year, 82 females/62 males). Many of our students have been recognized nationally for their research and scientific accomplishments.  

A simile for what we do:  If students are not given a venue to inform others of their research, it is like a musician who never gets to publicly perform their music.

For more information on our history, please click on the link below:

http://www.library.unh.edu/find/archives/collections/new-hampshire-academy-science-archives-1919-1953