79th VJAS Annual Meeting
James Madison University
May 27 – 30, 2020
The University community welcomes you to the 79th annual meeting of the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS), May 27 – 29, 2020 at James Madison University. The 98th annual meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science (VAS) will be held May 28 – 30, 2020.
We look forward to seeing you in May. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help enrich your experience with VJAS at James Madison University. All registration information and forms may be found either on this website, http:www.info.jmu.edu/scienceacademy, or on the VAS website at http://www.vjas.org. – Coming Soon!
Arrival and Registration
Directions to James Madison University
From I-81 North
Traveling north on 81, take exit 245 and turn right. Immediately get into the left turning lane. Make a left onto Forest Hill Rd. At the stop sign, make a left onto Oak Hill Rd. Continuing on Oak Hill, the Convocation Center will be on the left followed by the Arboretum on the right. Make a left at the JMU entrance onto Carrier Drive. The Festival Conference and Student Center is 0.25 miles on the left.
From I-81 South
Traveling south on 81, take exit 245 and turn left. After crossing over the highway, get into the left turning lane. Make a left onto Forest Hill Rd. At the stop sign, make a left onto Oak Hill Rd. Continuing on Oak Hill, the Convocation Center will be on the left followed by the Arboretum on the right. Make a left at the JMU entrance onto Carrier Drive. The Festival Conference and Student Center is 0.25 miles on the left.
Parking for the meeting will be in the C12 lot directly across from the Festival Conference and Student Center. Judges and VAS members will be able to park in the lot freely and will not need parking passes. Please contact Sarah Tice, firstname.lastname@example.org, for handicap parking passes and accommodations.
After parking, make your way to the Festival Conference and Student Center. Registration for judges will begin at 7:00 AM until 8:15 in the Festival Ballroom A. A continental breakfast will be served for judges with a meeting happening concurrently until 8:45 AM.
If you are not going to attend the VAS meeting, but would like on-campus housing, visit the meeting website and reserve a room by clicking on the Register Now button on the home page. ADA compliant rooms are available on campus and can be requested through the registration process.
All linens will be provided (folded, beds are not pre-made), including pillows, pillowcases, flat sheets, blankets, towels, and a washcloth. If you are generally cold in nature, then you may want to bring an extra blanket as the rooms are air conditioned and tend to stay on the cooler side. There are TVs available in the lounge on each floor. Snack and soda machines are located on the ground floor of the dorms, but there are no ice machines. There is a kitchen with a refrigerator in each residence hall, but everyone has access to that area. In order to keep drinks cold in your room, you may want to bring a cooler to store ice and cold snacks.
Wireless internet is available throughout the residence halls. You will need a JMU-Guest login and password provided at the judges check-in. Wireless internet is available in the Festival and campus academic buildings. Should dorm problems arise (lock-outs, cards not functioning, etc.) please call 540.568.3606 at anytime for assistance.
The road behind the dorms is a fire lane and therefore cannot be used to load/unload cars. If needed, pull up to the dorm, unload your car to the sidewalk, and park back in C12, otherwise this is a no loading/unloading zone.
If you would like off-campus housing, visit the lodging page of the website under Judges for a list of local hotels. Under JMU Information on the home page is a list of local restaurants as well.
Two meals are provided to all judges. Thursday morning, a continental breakfast is provided during the judges meeting in Festival Ballroom A. Lunch Thursday will be catered and located in the same building that presentations are held. Judges are invited to come to ISAT Room 259 (towards the front of the building) once their sessions break for lunch for a build-your-own-sandwich buffet. If you have any meal restrictions or allergies, please contact us prior to the meeting.
For more information contact:
Sarah Tice, Conference Coordinator
JMU Conference Services
1303 Carrier Drive, MSC 4206