High school students from five states will have the opportunity to talk to top science researchers while attending the 29th Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Feb. 20-23 at the University of Utah.

Sponsored by the U., U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground and Academy of Applied Science, the symposium will draw approximately 112 students from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah. Each student was selected by his or her high school to participate based on academic achievement and interest in research.Thirty-three high school teachers, along with their students, will be able to see the university's most recent developments in science, as well as what is going on in other high school science programs.

Patricia Goldsmith, director of Student Recruitment and High School Services and symposium organizer, says the opportunity for 10th, 11th or 12th-grade students is "unbeatable," adding that the program's purpose is to promote and reward research and experimentation in science, mathematics and engineering.

Other objectives include helping students recognize the significance of research in human affairs and the importance of humane and ethical principles in applying research results.

All applicants must be recommended by their science teachers and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Each participant is encouraged to submit a paper detailing an original research project, which may cover field work in humanities or experimentation in a science-related area. All seniors and other students who have attended a previous symposium are required to submit research papers as a condition of their acceptance.

Approximately half of the 70 delegates who have submitted research papers are selected by a panel of judges to present them at the symposium. The top five students and one alternate will receive awards and compete at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Fort Monroe, Va., in May.

The top student winner will receive $200 and have the opportunity to present his or her paper in competition for a summer trip to the International Youth Science Symposium in London. The top student's teacher will receive $300 from the Academy of Applied Science for classroom use.

The junior science symposium was first held in 1958 in North Carolina under direction of the Office of Ordnance Research, predecessor to the U.S. Army Research Office. Symposia have grown to encompass 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Department of Defense dependent schools of Europe and the Pacific.