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Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

*One submission per student per year.*

Owning/Managing Organization:
Department of Defense

Program Description:
JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits and networking are planned.

How to Participate:
JSHS regional symposia invite the participation of all high school students who have completed an original research investigation in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics, to apply to the regional symposium and vie for awards and recognition, including the opportunity to advance to the National symposium. All students in grades 9-12, enrolled in public, private, or home schools within the area served by the JSHS regional symposium are eligible. Investigations reporting on experimental, field, observational, or applied research are eligible. While review or library research is a part of the research process, these investigations alone are not appropriate.

Time Details: 

Completion of the program requires several months of work.

Cost Details: 

No cost to submit original research paper; there may be costs associated with completing original research

People Details: 

Individual high school students.

Prize Details: 

Tuition-based scholarships awarded to 24 students in the eight categories of the national JSHS competition.

States Available: 
Submission Details: 

One submission per student per year.

Outcome of the Activity: 

By participating in regional and national symposia, students may...
Participate in a forum honoring individual achievement in STEM;
Qualify for significant scholarships and other recognition;
Network to enrich understanding of STEM pursuits beyond high school;Advance in statewide, regional, national and international symposia;
Develop skills to help prepare for undergraduate and graduate pursuits -- skills in the application of science content to solve a problem or to gain new knowledge, writing a paper, and communicating results.

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