Paper and Presentation Rules and Guidelines

National JSHS Rules

The North Central Regional JSHS follows guidelines for the National JSHS. The complete set of rules can be found at


Abstracts must not exceed 250 words.

The abstract should accurately convey the essential nature of the research conducted and the most significant conclusions reached. A further purpose of the abstract is to attract the interest and curiosity of the non-specialist reader and thus encourage exchange, discussion, and elaboration between various authors and between authors and readers.


Students must submit their paper in one of the following seven categories:

Environmental Science

Life Science

Medicine and Health; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Cellular and Molecular Biology

Engineering and Technology

Math and Computer Science; Computer Engineering

Physics and Astronomy; Theoretical Math


Paper Guidelines

Papers should be a minimum of 5-6 pages and a maximum of 20 pages, including appendices. Length assumes a 12-point, Times New Roman font. There is no set outline for papers, but National JSHS recommends using the following outline:

  1. A title page or cover page stating the student’s name, school address, and title of the research
  2. Acknowledgement of major assistance received
  3. Table of contents
  4. Any applicable disclaimers and statements (e.g. “research involving non-human vertebrates or human subjects was conducted under the supervision of an experience teacher or researcher and followed all state and federal regulatory guidance applicable to the human and ethical conduct of such research”).
  5. Introduction
  6. Materials and methods
  7. Results
  8. Discussion and conclusions
  9. References
  10. Appendices (if needed) 

Students do not need to send a copy of their paper to the Minnesota Academy of Science but should bring 2-3 copies of the paper and 7 copies of the abstract for judges.

The research paper is used as a supporting document only to the abstract during the judging process.

Presentation Guidelines

Students should use PowerPoint slides for their presentation

PLEASE have your powerpoint presentation on a USB drive. Laptops will be provided. We will not be providing MAC laptops so be sure to have your presentation ready to go for a personal computer.

Students will NOT be able to adjust paper room room LCD projectors.

Projector equipment and AV help will be available.

Photography may be used in oral presentations. Graphs, tables, diagrams, charts, or other graphic representations of data should be kept as simple as possible.

Students will have 12 minutes to present their scientific research in an oral presentation followed by 6 minutes for questions asked by judges only. Room moderators will keep time and let students know how much time they have remaining using visual cues.

Students who advance to the callback round have 10 minutes to present with 6 minutes for questions from judges.