North Central Regional JSHS

An Excellence Program in our Access to Excellence Continuum



March 23, 2019

University of Northwestern-St. Paul
Please note that the 2019 North Central Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium is scheduled for a separate date and location than that of the 2019 State Science & Engineering Fair, which will be held March 30-31, 2019 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center.


As an EXCELLENCE program, the North Central Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) 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 first National JSHS competition was held in 1962. Since 1968, the Minnesota Academy of Science (MAS) has hosted the North Central Regional JSHS for students in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Today it is an essential part of our our continuum of K-12 science education programming (Access to Excellence). 

After months of scientific research, students prepare and present research papers to scientific judges at JSHS. A total of $4,500 in undergraduate tuition scholarships are awarded to the top three finalists at the North Central Regional JSHS. We select the top five paper presentations as finalists to receive trophies and advance to National JSHS, held in late April or early May. Students win an all-expense paid trip to compete against high school students representing the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools of Europe and the Pacific.

Because JSHS is sponsored in part by the U.S. Army, which has strict privacy rules, MAS cannot list winners by name or school. 



Thank you to our sponsors!