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2018 Alaska Regional JSHS
University of Alaska Fairbanks
March 24-25, 2018
 

Welcome to the Alaska Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program, also known as the Alaska Statewide High School Science Symposium (ASHSSS). The College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM) at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF) is host to the 2018 Alaska Regional JSHS symposium held March 24-25, 2018 in the Reichardt Building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

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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?

Alaska high school students interested in STEM studies can participate as an oral presenter. The ASHSSS/Alaska Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be March 24-25, 2018, at the Reichardt Building on the UAF campus. We hope to provide an opportunity to participate to all high school students who want to present and submit all the required documents. Teachers, family, and friends are also welcome to attend the presentations.
 

Who can present at the Alaska Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from Alaska may submit a paper for consideration.
 

How do I present at the Alaska Regional JSHS?

  • STEP 1: Students in grades 9–12 select an area of research: 
    • Ecology and Diversity
    • Microbiology
    • Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Engineering
    • Organismal Biology
    • Physics
    • Plant Biology
    • Human Biology

  • STEP 2: Students conduct original research.

  • STEP 3: By 26 February 2018, students submit for evaluation an abstract and complete research paper reporting the results of their STEM research.  Abstracts and papers should follow the format found in the 2018 ASHSSS Student Resources and Guidelines.

  • STEP 4:  The ASHSSS assembles a team of reviewers to review students’ abstracts and research papers.Students will receive feedback from a reviewer by 12 March 2018.

 

What are the important dates for the 2018 Alaska Regional JSHS?

  • FEBRUARY 1, 2018:  APPLICATION IS OPEN FOR REGIONAL JSHS/ASHSSS.
  • FEBRUARY 26, 2018: Submission deadline for applications.
  • MARCH 12, 2018: Notification to students of expert review of their abstract and research paper.
  • FEBRUARY 26, 2018: Registration deadline – All students, teachers, and chaperones complete registration to attend the Regional JSHS.  All student presenters submit a final research paper reporting the results of their STEM research.
  • MARCH 23, 2018: Students can test their PowerPoint presentation from 5:30-7pm in the Reichardt Building.
  • MARCH 24, 2018: Symposium starts with concurrent sessions.
  • MARCH 25, 2018: Symposium finals.


 Awards

Students who are selected to make presentations at the Alaska JSHS/ASHSSS have an opportunity to win undergraduate, tuition-based scholarships and cash awards from $50 to $2,000.  These awards are sponsored by both the JSHS program administered by the Academy of Applied Science, and the ASHSSS.

 

All students who participate in the ASHSSS attain a sense of achievement and self-confidence resulting from interaction with students from other schools and regions and with professional researchers and educators. Participants also receive public recognition and certificates honoring their achievement and interest in research pursuits. 

 

Session Winners

On the first day of the ASHSSS event (Saturday), participants are organized into seven sessions with approximately equal numbers of students in each session. Projects from similar categories are placed in the same session.

 

The 1st-5th place winners in each session are awarded plaques and cash prizes.

1st Place: $250 Finalist for second round of judging (Sunday)

2nd Place: $200 Finalist for second round of judging (Sunday)

3rd Place: $150

4th Place: $100

5th Place: $50

 

Overall Winners

From the finalists who compete in the second round of judging (on Sunday), the overall winners are selected and earn the following awards which are sponsored by the JSHS program and administered by the Academy of  Applied Science. (To be eligible for the JSHS scholarship awards, a student must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.):

Top 5 finalists An expenses-paid trip to attend the National JSHS. (The 6th, 7th, and 8th place finalists are alternates for the National JSHS.)

1st Place finalist: $2000 JSHS undergraduate tuition scholarship and an opportunity to present her/his research in the oral session at the National JSHS.

2nd Place finalist: A $1500 JSHS undergraduate tuition scholarship and an opportunity to present her/his research in the oral session at the National JSHS.

3rd Place finalist: $1000 JSHS undergraduate tuition scholarship and an opportunity to present her/his research in the poster session at the National JSHS. (The 3rd place finalist is also an alternate oral presenter at the National JSHS.)

4th Place finalist:  $500 ASHSSS undergraduate tuition scholarship and an opportunity to present her/his reserach in the poster session at the National JSHS. (The 4th place finalist is also an alternate oral presenter at the National JSHS.)

5th Place finalist:  $250 ASHSSS undergraduate tuition scholarship and an opportunity to present her/his research in the poster session at the National JSHS.

 

Additional awards that can be earned at the National JSHS

The five regional finalists will present their research in competition for military-sponsored scholarships; the 1st and 2nd place finalists will present their research paper in oral sessions and the 3rd, 4th and 5th place 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, oral sessions;
  • Eight $8,000 undergraduate, tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 2nd place finalists in the National research paper competition, oral sessions; and
  • Eight $4,000 undergraduate, tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 3rd place finalists in the National research paper competition, oral sessions.

 

Cash awards will be given to the top finalist in each of the eight categories of competition in the poster session.

 

For additional references to information on paper preparation, style and presentation, please contact ASHSSS Co-Director Abel Bult-Ito at abultito@alaska.eduor National JSHS, Rules of Competition for student research presentation at the National JSHS.

 

Sponsorship

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 regional JSHS at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is co-operatively sponsored by over 30 UAF, state and local agency sponsors.

 

Contact

If you have more questions or concerns, please contact  ASHSSS Co-Director Abel Bult-Ito at abultito@alaska.edu or 1-907-978-2169.



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