Eligibility rules - Regional and national symposia
Generally, students who present their research at regional and national symposia must demonstrate through the oral presentation and written report, their original, creative, and innovative contributions to a research problem; an understanding of the scientific and/or technological principles underlying the research problem; appropriate research design, procedures, reproducibility of experimentation and interpretation of data and conclusions.
Each High School student in grades 9-12 in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota will have an opportunity to enter the Minnesota Academy of Science Junior Science and Humanities Symposium through 1 of 2 paths. NOT BOTH WAYS.
Regional Fair Competition - Submit a paper to your Regional Science Fair If you are one of the winners from your region, you will automatically be qualified to compete in the North Central Regional JSHS at State. Details will be provided by your regional science fair director.
Registration Deadline: 5-10 business days after qualifying Regional Fair:
Open Paper Competition - Submit a paper to the: JSHS Open Competition If you are one of the winners from this competition, you will be qualified to compete in the North Central Regional JSHS competition. OPEN COMPETITION SUBMISSION is from January 9 - 28.
Please note: You may only submit your paper to one of the two paths mentioned above. Papers submitted to both competitions will be automatically disqualified.
How long is my presentation?
Your primary JSHS presentation should be 12 minutes long, with an additional 6 minutes for questions and answers by the judges.
You should bring 10 copies of your abstracts to hand out to the judges in your room.
If you are invited to present your paper research in the Callback round, you will need to present a shorter version - you will have 8 minutes to present, with 5 minutes of Q & A.
How are JSHS Scores tabulated?
JSHS has two rounds - a 1st round in which all competitors present - and a 2nd "callback" round limited to the top presentations from round 1.
In the 1st round, judges score students presentations on a scale of 1-30, using a score sheet provided by the National JSHS organization. These scores are "normalized" using a popular statistical calculation that MAS uses for Project scoring during the State Science & Engineering Fair (and which is used at many regional, state, and international competitions).
The top presentations from round 1 are invited to the 2nd "callback" round to present a potentially shorter (8 minute) presentation. Judges in the 2nd round see all the same papers and rank the paper presentations they watch. Rankings are used to determine the National JSHS winners. If a numeric tie occurs, the judges discuss and resolve the tie.