The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program
promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering,
and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students
for outstanding achievement. By connecting talented students, their teachers,
and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research
excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to
conduct research and development vital to our nation.
The JSHS mission
- To promote research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and
mathematics at the high school level.
- To recognize the significance of research in human affairs and the importance
of humane and ethical principles in the application of research results.
- To search out talented youth and their teachers, recognize their accomplishments
at symposia, and encourage their continued interest and participation in the
sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
- To expand the horizons of research-oriented students by exposing them to
opportunities in the academic, industrial, and governmental communities.
- To increase the number of future adults capable of conducting research and
Regional and National Symposia
Endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School
Principals (NASSP), JSHS regional and national symposium are held during
the academic year and reach over 10,000 high school students and teachers
throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense
Schools of Europe and the Pacific Rim. Each of 48 university-held regional
symposia invite the participation of secondary schools within their region.
By participating in a regional symposium, students and teachers may...
- Participate in a forum honoring exceptional work in the sciences,
engineering, or mathematics, and supporting personal and professional
- Interact with practicing professionals who provide enrichment opportunities
and discussions that allow participants to look beyond high school to
future post secondary education and career development in the sciences,
engineering, or mathematics.
- Develop higher-order thinking skills and integrated learning across
disciplines through the process of scientific inquiry, writing a scientific
paper, and delivering a presentation -- all skills that will benefit
students future post secondary and graduate pursuits.
- Support and encourage the success of high school teachers in addressing
the attainment and mastery of state and national performance and process
skill standards in the sciences, mathematics, and language arts by their
- Participate in a scientific conference, visit research and development
laboratories, and have their abstract published in symposium proceedings.
- Gain self-confidence through the experience of conducting an independent
research investigation and by networking among other participants with
- Advance in research paper competition to the National symposium and
for significant military-sponsored scholarships and other awards.
Students compete in a regional symposium by orally presenting
the results of their original research. See Getting
Involved to review application guidelines. See Scholarships to learn more about the scholarship and award opportunities available
through JSHS. See JSHS Regions to find the
regional symposium serving your state or region.
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