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’Topper earns opportunity to attend AJAS conference

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By Special to the Monitor

The American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) choose Los Alamos high school student Ryan Erickson to attend the AJAS meeting in San Diego.The AJAS is America’s only honor research society for high school scientists.

Each year, AJAS hosts a conference, held in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), to honor these students and induct them as fellows into AJAS.

Erickson won this honor in a statewide scientific paper competition by writing and orally presenting the best paper.

He wrote the paper about a three axis sensor based on diamagnetics.  

Erickson will leave Wednesday and will be able to go whale watching, visit the Aquarium at the Scripps Institute and visit laboratories at General Atomics and USC at San Diego.

He will also attend a breakfast with internationally known scientists who are attending the AAAS meeting and have the opportunity to attend AAAS sessions and present his poster paper to the scientists at the AAAS meetings. Additionally, Erickson will  present his paper orally to students from other states.