Competition Categories

At National JSHS, student research presentations will be organized in concurrent sessions by discipline.

The organization of the sessions at the National JSHS is based upon a review of all abstracts and the area of research suggested by the student. Student presenters must state on the abstract the major discipline and the sub-discipline of their research. Please note, major discipline and sub-discipline are subject to change.



The major disciplines presented at the National JSHS are*:

Environmental Science

Environmental Science/Engineering: Bioremediation, Ecosystems management, Environmental engineering, Land Resource Management, Pollution, toxicity; impact upon ecosystem

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical medicine, Microbiology, Cellular/Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Pharmacology, Virology

Life Sciences

Developmental Biology, Plant Physiology, Population Genetics, General Biochemistry, Microbiology

Medicine & Health/Behavioral Sciences

Behavioral sciences, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Disease Diagnosis and Treatment, Epidemiology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Physiology, Pathology

Engineering & Technology

Aerospace, Aerodynamics, Electrical Engineering, Energy – Solar, Vehicle Development, Devices, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics

Mathematics & Computer Science

Probability and Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science – Algorithms, Databases, Networking, Computer Engineering

Physical Sciences

Astronomy, Physics-theoretical, Physics-Solid state, Acoustics, Optics, Thermodynamics, Particle Physics, Quantum Physics, Nuclear; Internet of Things–network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity


Physical Chemistry, Materials, Alternative Fuels, Organic Chemistry (possibly in life science), Chemical Engineering, Earth Science, Geochemistry, Energy–Alternative Fuels, Material Science


*Please note, major discipline and sub-discipline are subject to change.