OPRF hosts 20th annual Percy Julian Symposium

April 10, 2019

Oak Park and River Forest High School will host the 20th annual Percy Julian Symposium on April 27, 2019, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Approximately 40 students from OPRF and other Chicago-area high schools -- including Providence St. Mel, Lane Tech, and William Fremd High School – have volunteered to be a part of the STEM event and will present original science or engineering research in the form of a 12-minute slide show or display poster board.

The top winner in the junior/senior competitive category will win prizes expected to be worth up to $500 and the top winner in the freshman/sophomore competitive category will win prizes expected to be worth up to $200.

The symposium is sponsored by the Institute for Science Education and Technology (ISET), a community group formed to honor the legacy of scientist and civil rights leader Dr. Percy Julian.

Percy Julian was responsible for the development of numerous medications to treat everything from glaucoma to heart ailments. During his career he developed more than 100 patented products, including synthetic cortisone, birth control pills, and a fire-fighting chemical called Aero-Foam which saved thousands of lives during World War II. He lived and worked in Oak Park and Maywood.

Learn more about ISET and the Percy Julian Symposium here.