Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a Tri-service sponsored STEM competition for high school students enrolled in grades 9-12 who engage in research investigations in the sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Students are invited to compete in an affiliated JSHS regional symposium and may win the opportunity to advance to the National JSHS.
Students who wish to apply to JSHS should contact the JSHS regional symposium director in their area to obtain application guidelines and materials and be prepared to:
A) Submit a written report (e.g. abstract or abstract and paper) of the completed research investigation through CVENT for review by a regional panel of judges;
B) Submit the JSHS provided "Statement on Outside Assistance" form, which states your role in the conduct of the research investigation, describes any outside assistance received, and attests to the proper conduct of research procedures and protocols in any research involving vertebrate animals or human subjects; deliver a concise oral presentation to the symposium;
C) Complete registration with all application materials through CVENT by the regional submission deadline;
D) Comply with regional and national rules and policies that apply to the preparation of the written reports and the oral presentations.
The written and oral reports should present the results of the student's original research investigation. Assistance from teachers, mentors, parents, or other students may be obtained. However, students must clearly communicate their role in the completion of the investigation and understanding of the research results.
To request application materials, or to find out how you and your school may participate, please contact the director of the regional symposium in your area.
Schedule and Deadlines
Eligible high school students are invited to apply to the JSHS Regional Symposium in their area. Application deadlines vary by region with regional symposia held as early as October through March 22. Students and teachers are strongly encouraged to visit the JSHS website to find the regional submission deadline.
A total of $192,000 in undergraduate tuition scholarships is presented to the top three finalists in the National Symposium research paper oral competition in each of the subject categories.
A) Each of the 1st Place finalists receives $12,000
B) Each of the 2nd Place finalists receives $8,000
C) Each of the 3rd Place finalists receives $4,000
A total of $10,800 in cash awards will be presented to the top finalists in the National Symposium research poster competition in each of the subject categories.
A) Each of the 1st Place finalists in the poster competition receives $550
B) Each of the 2nd place finalists in the poster competition receives $450
C) Each of the 3rd place finalists in the poster competition receives $350