2019 Competition Details

Below participants will find important event information, announcements, details, and deadlines. 

2019 Junior Science & Humanities Symposium / Middle School Papers

Riley Hall, University of Northwestern - St. Paul - 3003 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55113
March 23, 2019 

Note: The State Science & Engineering Fair will be held on a separate date at a separate location (March 30-31 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center).


Routes to North Central Regional JSHS

Students can advance to the North Central Regional JSHS in one of two ways: Regional Competition or Open Competition. Open Competition is an option available to students who were prevented from competeing in one of the eight Regional Science Fairs due to a significant hardship they face.  The guidlines for both the Regional Competition and Open Competition are outlined below.

Path 1

Regional Science Fair Competition:

Students may submit a paper to their Regional Science Fair. Student winners from each region are automatically qualified for JSHS. 

Path 2

Open Competition Steps:

1)Email Program Director saragomez@mnmas.org and detail why you were unable to participate in a Regional Science Fair.

2) Based on the information provided, the Program Director will determine if you can proceed with the Open Competition registration process.

3) If you receive approval from the Program Director you can then fill out the Open Competition webform linked HERE

4) Your information and abstract will be reviewed and you will be notified if you are eligable for North Central Regional JSHS registration.

Registration Deadlines

Regional Deadlines for Registration:

Note: These deadlines may be different from your State Science Fair registration deadlines.

- NE Region, Duluth Deadline -TDB
- Western Region,  Crookston  Deadline - TDB
- Rochester Region,  Rochester Deadline - TDB
- Northern Region,  Bemidji  Deadline - TDB
- SE Region,  Winona Deadline - TDB
- Central Region,  St Cloud Deadline - TDB
- Southern Region,  Mankato Deadline - TDB
- Twin Cities Region, Twin Cities Deadline - TDB

Location and Maps

When you arrive you will park in Lot D , then you will walk over to Riley Hall and go upstairs to JSHS & MS Paper participant check-in. After checking in please use the maps and information in  your program to locate the orientation room you need to go and the presentation room you are assigned to. Do not be late for orientation and do not be late for your scheduled presentation time. 


Below are maps you can use to navigate campus:

Campus Map Shows Parking and Building Location

Riley Hall Upper Level

Riley Hall Main Level



After you check-in, you will load your flash-drive into the laptop of the room you are presenting in (you'll find this out when you check in) and test to make sure everything is displaying properly. 

What Students Can Expect

Expect to meet lots of bright students from across the state who have also conducted scientific and engineering research projects.

Expect to meet other students and learn about their projects, interests, and aspirations.

Expect to talk with professionals in science and engineering fields that you might be interested in learning more about.


Five award winners receive an expense-paid trip to the National JSHS. The National JSHS brings together over 250 participants in a program of educational and scientific exchange. All five finalists receive trophies.

The 1st and 2nd place finalists are awarded an invitation to present their original research at the National JSHS.

The 3rd, 4th and 5th places of students who advanced from North Central Regional JSHS) will present their research in competitive poster sessions. The poster sessions will be judged with awards to the top three finalists. STEM personnel will be available to judge the poster sessions.

A total of $4,500 in undergraduate tuition scholarships are awarded to the top three finalists at the North Central Regional JSHS. The top three finalists are awarded $2000, $1500, and $1000, respectively. Scholarships are payable upon matriculation and upon meeting the JSHS scholarship conditions.

A peer review research showcase allows all National JSHS student researchers an opportunity to present. Outstanding posters will be selected for additional awards.

Information for Parents

Parents – we want you to volunteer! We have many areas that require extra hands for the competitions to run smoothly. Although we don’t allow parents to volunteer in areas with potential conflicts of interest, we need your help in other areas that don’t have an impact on judging outcomes. Please visit the Volunteers link in the sidebar or email saragomez@mnmas.org for more information about volunteering.

What to Bring & How to Dress

Participants should bring:

Dress clothes (see below)

Your scientific research PowerPoint presentation ON A FLASH DRIVE (laptops will be provided)

Camera to take pictures or a smartphone to post them on social media

Extra money for meals that aren’t covered as part of registration. 


Students should dress professionally for judging day and for the awards ceremony. For guys, this means a suit and tie or dress pants, a shirt and tie. For gals, it means dress pants and a blazer, a skirt and a professional top, or a professional dress.

Paper Judging


Students and judges are assigned to rooms based on the category of their presentation. Students give a 12-minute powerpoint presentation which is followed by 6 minutes of questions from the judges. Judges fill out comment and scoresheets for each student (or team, if students do a team project).


All of the judges are volunteers from the local scientific community. Many of the judges work at local science and engineering companies (e.g. Seagate, 3M, Medtronic, etc…) or do research at local colleges and universities. 


Each judge will approach a project with a certain background and knowledge about the topic that the student studied, so questions will be based on what the judge is interested in about your project. The questions listed below are examples of what students might be asked.

Where did you get the idea for your research?

Do your results indicate further study is needed?

How is your project different from past studies?

What are possible sources of error or bias in your study?

What are the limitations of your project?

How did you control the variables?

What instruments did you use to take your measurements?

What did you base your conclusions on?

How much time did you spend on your study?

Who helped with your project?

What would you do differently if you did your project again?


In 2019, JSHS & the Middle School Paper Competition will be held on the same day (March 23) at the same location (University of Northwestern - St. Paul). All events will take place on the UNW campus and will not last later than 1pm for MS Papers participants and 2:30 for the majority of JSHS participants. Due to the short day for most of both programs' participants there will be NO OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATIONS offered for these events. 

If you/your party feel you will need overnight accomodations, you can find a list of possible hotels and an estimated cost of a room HERE

If you have any questions, please email Program Director Sara Gomez, saragomez@mnmas.org.

National JSHS Dates

National JSHS - TBD