63rd Annual Merck State Science Day
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Note: You can view last year's results as well as some sample questions from previous years' exams here:
[ http://alpha.fdu.edu/~knapp/ssd/db1.html ]
The Merck State Science Day program provides for competition between individuals and among teams of secondary school students in the subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics and Environmental Science.
The Merck State Science Day program will be held simultaneously at each school that registers. Schools are encouraged to get together at a mutual location.
The examinations must be completed on-line in a 2 hour time block on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
Students from grades 9 through 12 are eligible to compete. The Integrated Science exam is for students who have taken only one year of each science, but have NOT taken an AP level or second year course in ANY science. ALL AP students MUST take the Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Advanced Integrated Science within the Environment Exams.
An Integrated Science exam incorporating first year level Earth
Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics will be given again this year.
There will also be exams for second year/AP Biology, Chemistry and
Number of Entrants
Each secondary school in New Jersey is invited to enter one or more students as follows:
Individual scores in each subject and the integrated tests will be computed on the basis of the number of correct answers.
Team scores will be computed in each subject only when there is a complete team (maximum number of participants allowed for that test). All scores will count towards the team score. Team scores on each test will be computed by summing the individual scores of the complete team and dividing the sum by the number of team members.
Combined Team Scores
A combined team score will be computed only when there is a complete team score in all exams. The combined team score will be computed by summing the five complete team scores and dividing by five.
Local MSSD Exam Coordinator
The Local MSSD Exam Coordinator is a high school faculty member or administrator who will register the school, receive instructions for student registration and will administer the exams on Test Day.
Calculators may be used. However, calculators with programmatic capability may not be used.
Announcement of Results
Each participating school will receive electronically a complete list of winners as soon as the results have been computed.
Engraved plaques will be awarded to the schools placing first through fifth in the state combining the three second year subjects and two Integrated Science tests (total of 5 plaques), and to the schools placing first through fifth in the state in each individual second year discipline and Integrated Science tests (total of 25 plaques).
The top 4 students in the state in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Integrated Science, and Advanced Integrated Sciences will be named as Merck Scholars and receive a commemorative gift and an honor cord. Students ranking 5th through 19th in the state will receive an Honorable Mention award.
A plaque will be awarded to the school with the highest combined team scores in each county provided at least 2 schools in the county participate. The student with the top score in the county on each test will receive a certificate of recognition under the same provision.
Certificate of Participation
Each student competing in the Merck State Science Day program will be awarded a certificate of participation.
School and Student Registration
All registration, student, and scholar information will take place online.
SCHOOL REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS May 6, 2013
Confirmation of registration will be sent electronically to the registered email address.
Please email inquires to:
Merck State Science Day Committee