Our inspire programs aim to increase STEM literacy in the community and share the amazing things that students with strong STEM backgrounds are capable of. The Innovation journal, our annual, peer-reviewed scientific journal, and STEMY Spotlight, our weekly newsletter, comprise STEMY’s inspire programs.

Innovation Journal

Innovation is a formal scientific journal exclusively for showcasing research driven by high schoolers. The journal provides young researchers the unique opportunity to publish their research in a professional format, which includes both student-written research articles and complementing feature articles. Innovation inspires students to pursue similar subjects and helps educate the community.

All research articles are written by high school students and peer-reviewed by STEMY team members and display the quality and caliber of the high school research conducted within our community. Feature articles discuss the latest trends in research, tips for high school researchers, and much more.

Innovation Application

For Authors
Information for authors is below:
Author timeline for 2021:
March 15 - April 15: Abstract submission window
April 22: The STEMY team will select research papers to publish and launch the peer-review process.
June-July: Research paper editing.
TBD: Innovation 2021 is released.
Publication formats
The Innovation journal includes two types of full-length articles: research papers and feature articles (commentary and broad analysis of scientific trends, editorials, etc.).
Research articles are the core scientific publications submitted by student researchers. These papers should be as concise as possible and written in an accessible manner.
Feature articles will provide broad commentary, an analysis of scientific trends and recent innovations or editorial pieces about personal experience with scientific research.
Research Articles
Students will submit their research papers in the form of manuscripts (similar in format to a research paper for school). This manuscript will then be reviewed and edited by a group of expert reviewers, the editing team, and the author(s). The final manuscript will then be formatted for publication. Research article manuscripts should follow the following, basic four-component structure.
The introduction should consist of a clear description of current research and background context for the field of interest. Afterward, the research problem and novelty of the research should be discussed.
The methodology should provide a clear and brief overview of the experimental procedures used in the process. Special materials and fabrication processes for the research should be described. In addition, statistical techniques applied to results should be briefly explained, including the name of the statistical technique, data to which it was applied, and significance level.
This section should be divided into sub-headings that explicitly state the results. Figures and graphs should be clearly labeled and have succinct, descriptive captions.
This section should illustrate the results and provide context for the significance of the research in current literature. It should NOT be a restatement of the results section.

Peer Mentorship Program

During the 2020-2021 school year, the Innovation Journal team relaunched the peer mentorship program, where high-achieving student researchers who have presented their research at ISEF, KYSEF, JSHS, AJAS, and other national conventions are paired with one or more peers new to scientific research. The mentor assist and advises the mentee through all major components of the scientific method and research process. 

For the 2020-2021 school year, our Peer Mentorship Program is assisting students at Meyzeek Middle School and DuPont Manual High School. 

If you have any questions about the peer mentorship program, or you'd like a mentor, please contact us at!