Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
What is JSHS overall?
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original scientific research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. It is recommended that the student and their chaperone attend the entire program competition and activities.
- Participate in a forum honoring individual achievement in STEM
- Qualify for significant scholarships and other recognition
- Network to enrich understanding of STEM pursuits beyond high school;
- Advance in statewide, regional, national and international symposia
- Develop skills to help prepare for undergraduate and graduate pursuits -- skills in the application of science content to solve a problem or to gain new knowledge, writing a paper, and communicating results.
JSHS is a collaborative effort with the research arm of the Department of Defense and administered in cooperation with nationwide colleges, universities and State Academies of Science. JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers -- conducting STEM research on behalf of or directly for the Department of Defense, the Federal research laboratories, or for the greater good in advancing the nation's scientific and technological progress
JSHS at the regional level is known as the North Central Regional JSHS competition encompassing Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The North Central Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a scientific research paper competition. JSHS is for students in grades 9-12 and the program competition guidelines are parallel with the Academy of Applied Science National JSHS program guidelines. In the paper competition , students present the findings of their research paper to a group of judges in the form of a power point presentation.
JSHS has an emphasis both on sharing and doing science. The program is modeled after professional scientific symposia: students present the results of their independent research orally in a competition that is as much forensic as scientific.
The six (6) major JSHS disciplines for papers follow the National Symposium disciplines.
Environmental Science; Earth and Space Science
Medicine and Health; Behavioral and Social Sciences
Mathematics and Computer Science
What happens after North Central Regional JSHS?
Students who compete in the North Central Regional symposia by presenting their original research are eligible for valuable awards and scholarships. At each of the forty-eight symposia, the top three finalists receives undergraduate scholarships and the top five finalists receives invitation with an all-expense paid trip to the National JSHS symposium.
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