National Symposium

The 59th National JSHS will be held April 14-17 2021, as a virtual competition. The National JSHS brings together 245 high school students who qualify by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposia held at universities nationwide. Approximately 130 high school teachers, mentors, university faculty, ranking military guests and others also attend and join in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences.


58th National JSHS Abstract Book

The following book is contains the abstracts of all national participants and highlights the national winners.

Abstract Book



The Competition

All regional symposia student finalists are invited to present their research at the National JSHS. The top two regional delegates will present their research in the oral session to compete for military-sponsored undergraduate, tuition scholarships. All other regional delegates will present their research in the poster session to compete for cash awards. Sessions will be organized by categories that are selected by the students during the registration process.

The Scientific and Educational Program

All students will participate in interactive activities to enrich their JSHS experience and to engage with DoD researchers, laboratories, and related STEM organizations and professionals. Unique opportunities for JSHS students include:

  • The Student Research Presentations, the highlight of the National JSHS, feature the STEM achievements of outstanding students representing the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the DoD Dependents Schools of Europe and the Pacific.
  • DoD STEM Experiences allow students and teachers to engage with DoD’s world-class STEM professionals and provide exposure to the Department’s cutting edge research and technologies.
  • Banquet and Awards Ceremony recognizes all participants and announces scholarships awarded to students in each competition category of the oral session categories of the National JSHS competition.