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 www.jshs.org/guidelines.html

Abstracts

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.

Paper Categories

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

Chemistry

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 12 minutes to present with 6 minutes for questions from judges.

Judging Criteria


 

Judges evaluate students’ projects on their contribution to their field of study, their design and methods, their study execution, their creativity and problem solving, and their presentation skills.

 

North Central Regional JSHS follows paper guidelines and rules and regulations from National JSHS.

 

Feel free to view the scoresheets below:

 

JSHS Scoresheet
JSHS Comment Sheet

 

Student Code of Ethics and Conduct

Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. Plagiarism, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own, forgery of approval signatures and fabrication or falsification of data or approval dates will not be tolerated. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs.

Student Code Of Ethics And Conduct:

I will be positive about my science experience and accept responsibility for my participation.
I will encourage sportsmanship from fellow scientists, coaches, officials, and parents at every event by demonstrating good sportsmanship.
I will do my very best to listen and learn from the judges and scientists.
I will treat my advisor, other participants, officials, and visitors with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability. I will expect to be treated accordingly.
I deserve to enjoy the event and will alert parents or advisors accordingly.
I deserve to compete in an environment that is free of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and expect adults to refrain from their use at all science events.
I will expect to receive a fair treatment.
I will abide by all decisions made by judges and understand that all decisions made by judges are final.
I will observe the student curfew indicated in the program booklet.
In the event that I wish to file a formal complaint about something which has happened at the competition, I will follow official MAS complaint procedures.

Parent and Advisor Code of Ethics and Conduct

 
Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. Plagiarism, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own, forgery of approval signatures and fabrication or falsification of data or approval dates will not be tolerated. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs.

Parent And Advisor Code Of Ethics And Conduct:

I will provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my student(s) participating in the competition.
I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all competitors, judges, teachers, mentors, and officials at the event.
I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my student(s) ahead of a personal desire to win.
I will do my best to provide a safe environment for my student(s).
I will lead by example in demonstrating a healthy attitude about the event’s competition level.
I will remember that I am a parent or advisor and that the competition is for the students.
I will ask my student(s) to treat competitors, advisors, and staff with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
I promise to help my student(s) enjoy the science experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectful visitor.
I will be knowledgeable about the MAS and National JSHS rules and will convey these rules to my students.
I will abide by all decisions made by judges and understand that all decisions made by judges are final.
I will ensure that my student(s) observe the curfew indicated in the program booklet.
In the event that I wish to file a formal complaint about something which has happened at the competition, I will follow official MAS complaint procedures.

Social Media Guidelines

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.