North Central Regional JSHS

2018 Date and NEW Location

March 24, 2018
University of Northwestern St. Paul
Please note that The North Central Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium is scheduled for separate date and location than that of State Science & Engineering Fair 2018 (State Science & Engineering Fair 2018 will be April 8-10, 2018 at Earle Brown Heritage Center)


The North Central Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct vital research and development.

The top five paper presentations were selected to advance to National JSHS, which was held the last week of April in Dayton, Ohio. Students won an all-expense paid trip to compete against 230 high school students representing the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools of Europe and the Pacific. Find the results here.

Because JSHS is sponsored in part by the U.S. Army, which has strict privacy rules, we cannot list winners by name or school, but the JSHS winning paper (young woman pictured above), for a $2,000 scholarship, was “Reducing phosphorus in stormwater basins using algae spherification.”

Winning paper #2, for a $1,500 scholarship, was “Predicting a cancerous outcome: creating a novel test for assessing risk of human papilloma virus.”

Other winners from the day included the American Junior Academy of Science award for a premier high school researcher; National JSHS award for the top five papers to attend National JSHS; Outstanding Achievement award sponsored by Minnesota Academy of Science for exceptional scientific research; Graduate Women in Science award for one female student in each grade 9 through 12.

All JSHS students participated in a networking breakfast with local scientists, and heard a keynote address by General Mills’ Heidi Tech about innovation (story coming). 


The 48th Annual North Central Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium 

Endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), JSHS regional and national symposium are held during the academic year and reach over 10,000 high school students and teachers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Schools of Europe and the Pacific Rim. Each of 48 university-held state symposia invite the participation of secondary schools within their region. The states of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota are one region, designated by the National JSHS, and we are called the "North Central Regional JSHS". By participating in a regional symposium, students and teachers may.....

  • Participate in a forum honoring exceptional work in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics, and supporting personal and professional growth.
  • Interact with practicing professionals who provide enrichment opportunities and discussions that allow participants to look beyond high school to future post secondary education and career development in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics.
  • Develop higher-order thinking skills and integrated learning across disciplines through the process of scientific inquiry, writing a scientific paper, and delivering a presentation -- all skills that will benefit students future post secondary and graduate pursuits.
  • Support and encourage the success of high school teachers in addressing the attainment and mastery of state and national performance and process skill standards in the sciences, mathematics, and language arts by their students.
  • Participate in a scientific competition, in some years students may visit research and development laboratories, and students may have their abstract published in symposium proceedings.
  • Gain self-confidence through the experience of conducting an independent research investigation and by networking among other participants with similar interests.
  • Advance in research paper competition to the National symposium and for significant military-sponsored scholarships and other awards.


North Central Regional JSHS is a scientific research paper competition for high school students in Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota

The Top (5) papers advance and will participate in the National JSHS competition - U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force sponsored and hosted by the Academy of Applied Science.

The 54th National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium was held April 27-30, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio 

The Minnesota Academy of Science has hosted the North Central Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium since 1968. The first National JSHS competition was held in 1962.


Personally Identifiable Information and Social Media

During JSHS, please do not post any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) (e.g. name, school, hometown, etc...) to official Minnesota Academy of Science social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, relating to yourself or any other students or individuals participating in JSHS so that we may adhere to the newly released rules by Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) requiring the protection of PII at JSHS.

Photography Notice

Please be aware that by participating in a Minnesota Academy of Science sponsored event, you are automatically authorizing the Minnesota Academy of Science and its staff, agents, assignees, and affiliates to use, reproduce, and/or publish photographs and/or videos that include your image, likeness, or voice without compensation.

This material will become the property of the Minnesota Academy of Science and may be used online and in various print publications. This material will only be used for lawful purposes, including publicizing the Minnesota Academy of Science and its programs.


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