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Welcome to the Alabama Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Samford University College of Health and Sciences is host to the 2018 Regional JSHS symposium held March 15-16, 2018 in Birmingham, AL. See the Alabama Junior Academy of Science website for local competition dates: 


JSHS is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize students (Grades 9-12) conducting research in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for career exploration, research lab visits, peer discussions, and networking are planned. By participating in regional and national symposia, students may:

  • Participate in a forum honoring individual achievement in STEM;
  • Network with peers who have similar interests;
  • Hear research presentations by other students;
  • Develop skills to help prepare for undergraduate and graduate pursuits in STEM fields;
  • Hear nationally renowned scientists speak on their work;
  • Qualify for significant scholarships and other recognition; and
  • Advance to the national symposium.


Who attends JSHS?

Alabama high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. Eighth grade students may participate as delegates and in the training session during competition.


Who can present at the Alabama Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the state of Alabama may compete at one of 11 local competitions and may then submit a paper if considered for regional (state).


How do I present at the Alabama Regional JSHS?

  1. Present locally at a local AMSTI site of College/University (see the Alabama Junior Academy of Science web page for sites, dates and times).
  2. For local competition, submit your basic information on the Alabama AJAS site to include your title and abstract and register here.
  3. Depending on competition, up to fifty-five participants will be invited to regionals.
  4. Upon contact about regionals, all participants should sign up on the Alabama AJAS site. All participants should Click Here  Nonparticipants, such as parents and judges, should sign up on the Samford University web link for regional food requirements. All  nonparticipants should Click Here

  5. Please fill out your outside assistance forms and prepare a power point presentation to last 12 minutes, and three copies of your paper.
  6. Prepare for 6 minutes of defense of your presentation and paper.

What if I do not qualify for regionals from my local competition?

You may still attend our regional competition as a delegate from your school.  We plan to have a workshop to improve papers from local competitions. 

Students in the top four at their local will automatically qualify for the regional competition. All other participants who are invited to present at the regional will be notified within three days of the last local competition. (Please see the AJAS website for the local competition dates.)


 What are the important dates for the 2018 Alabama Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! December 20, 2017
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. TBA- within 3 days of last local competition
  • Registration deadline- All participants must register three days before their local competition in order to attend.   See the AJAS website for local competition dates.
  • For any participant who is invited to regional (state) competition, you must complete registration to attend the Alabama Regional JSHS by February 26, 2018, 11:00am



Students who are selected to make presentations at the Alabama JSHS have an opportunity to win undergraduate, tuition-based scholarships and cash awards from $200 to $2,000.  

The Academy of Applied Sciences will distribute $4,500 in academic scholarships to the top three regional finalists:

  • $2,000 to first place;
  • $1,500 to second place;
  • $1,000 to third place.

 The AJAS will award $500 to the fourth place finalist.

The top five finalists are invited to advance to the National JSHS.  Two of the five finalists will orally present their research in competition for military-sponsored scholarships; three of the five finalists will present their research in poster sessions and receive recognition and cash awards.  National JSHS scholarships are awarded as follows.

  • Eight $12,000 undergraduate, tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 1st place finalists in the National research paper competition;
  • Eight $8,000 undergraduate, tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 2nd place finalists in the National research paper competition; and
  • Eight $4,000 undergraduate, tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 3rd place finalists in the National research paper competition.


For additional references to information on paper preparation, style and presentation, please refer to or the National JSHS, Rules of Competition for student research presentation at the National JSHS. 



JSHS is a Tri-Service – U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force −program that encourages high school students to conduct original research in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  JSHS is a collaborative effort between the research arm of the Department of Defense and nationwide colleges and universities. JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers, conducting STEM research on behalf of or directly for the Department of Defense (DoD), federal research laboratories to help advance the nation's scientific and technological progress. Through JSHS, over 8,000 youth annually compete in 47 regional symposia covering the U.S., Puerto Rico, and DoD Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific to receive recognition, incentives, and scholarships for their research achievements.


The Academy of Applied Science, a non-profit educational organization in Concord, New Hampshire, administers the National JSHS Program. The Alabama Regional JSHS at Samford University is co-operative sponsored by the College of Health and Sciences. 


If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr. Mark Jones


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