Students who wish to participate in the Montana Junior Academy of Science have three different engagement options subject to yearly announced deadlines. First, any Montana high school students involved in scientific research have the opportunity to submit a research paper (by the announced deadline) for evaluation prior to this event. The top 2 paper finalists are invited to give a symposium style presentation at the Montana Academy of Science meeting to undergraduates and university faculty from around the state, and have the opportunity to travel to the American Junior Academy of Science meeting. Second, any high school student may share their research in a symposium style presentation during the Montana Junior Academy of Science meeting to other high school students from around the state (as long as registered by the deadline) to gain experience in presenting, learn what research is being done by Montana’s high school students, and have an authentic encounter with Montana scientists. Finally, a Montana high school student may do both: submit their research paper for consideration and present their research at the Montana Junior Academy of Science (MJAS) meeting to other high school students interested in science.