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2020 Arkansas Regional JSHS
Arkansas Tech University
March 13-14, 2020


Welcome to the Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Arkansas Tech University is host to the 2020 Arkansas Regional JSHS symposium held March 13-14, 2020 in Russellville, AR.


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?

High school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. The Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be March 13-14, 2020, at Arkansas Tech University. 


Who can present at the Arkansas Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the Arkansas region may submit a paper for consideration. 


How do I present at the Arkansas Regional JSHS?

  • STEP 1: Students in grades 9–12 select an area of research: 
    • Environmental Science
    • Life Science
    • Medicine and Health/Behavioral Science
    • Biomedical Sciences, Molecular/Cellular
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Math and Computer Sciences/Computer Engineering
    • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry

  • STEP 2: Students conduct original research.

  • STEP 3: By February 1, 2020, students submit a full research paper reporting the results of their STEM research for evaluation. One teacher from each school should register by February 1, 2020.

  • STEP 4:  The Arkansas Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ research papers and selects students to present their result in oral presentation.  A total 12 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions.


What if my paper is not accepted?

Students whose research submission is not accepted for presentation at the Arkansas Regional JSHS, but is complete and meets all paper format guidelines will automatically be invited to attend as a student delegate or poster presenter.


 What are the important dates for the 2020 Arkansas Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! - January 7, 2020.
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations will occur by February 25, 2020
  • Registration deadline – Students must complete registration and submit research papers by 5:00 PM February 3, 2020. At least one teacher from each school must also register by February 3, 2020 All other teachers,guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers complete registration to attend the Regional JSHS by March 13, 2020



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

The JSHS 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 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.


Up to four $1,500, renewable for up to two semesters, Arkansas Tech University scholarships will be awarded to the top poster presenters and are provided by Arkansas Tech University.

For additional references to information on paper preparation, style and presentation, please refer to the, or 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 regional JSHS at Arkansas Tech University is co-operatively sponsored by the college of Natural and Health Sciences.



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Jessica Young


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