Junior Science and Humanities Symposium



Forty-eight regional symposia are affiliated with the JSHS program, reaching over 10,000 high school students and teachers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Europe and Pacific Rim regions. The university sponsored symposia invite the participation of secondary schools within their region.  These symposia are planned and conducted by regional committees.  More than one thousand volunteers are involved, each year.

Featured at each symposium, including the regional and national, are presentations of original research conducted by high school students. Symposium participants also hear presentations of current research by the host universities, visit research and development laboratories, and meet and exchange ideas with practicing researchers and fellow students.

Students who compete in the regional symposia by presenting their original research are eligible for valuable awards. At each of the forty-eight regionals, one 1st place finalist receives a $4,000 undergraduate scholarship and an invitation to present her/his research at the National symposium. Four regional finalists are awarded an expense-paid trip to National.

The National JSHS brings together over 360 participants, including 240 high school students, their teachers and parents, university faculty affiliated with the JSHS, and other guests. The National symposium is held annually in late April or early May.  Their local region for information on the regional competition. For information on the national competition, teachers may contact the JSHS national office.