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Southern California JSHS
University of California, Irvine

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Welcome to the Southern California Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program, hosted by the University of California, Irvine.  The 2020 Southern California Regional Symposia
will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the  
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, Irvine, California.  


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?

Southern California high school students (grades 9-12) interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. 


Who can present at the Southern California Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from Southern California may submit an abstract and a paper for consideration. See website,, for Southern California counties. 


How do I present at the Southern California 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 December, 15, 2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time), students submit for evaluation an abstract and paper reporting the results of their STEM research.  Abstracts should follow the format found at

  • STEP 4:  The Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and papers to select students to present their result in oral presentation.  


What if my abstract is not accepted?

Students whose research submission is not accepted for presentation at the Southern California 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 Southern California Regional JSHS?
  • November 22, 2019 Registration is open! 
  • December 15, 2019 All student presenters submit an abstract and a paper reporting the results of their STEM research.  
  • December 23, 2019 All students will be notified of their selection to present no later than this date.  
  • January 16, 2020 - All teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers to complete registration to attend the Regional JSHS.  



Students who are selected to make presentations at the Southern California 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.


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 the University of California, Irvine co-operatively sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, School of Physical Sciences, University of California, Irvine.  



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Ann Miller, Co-Director


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  • When

  • Saturday, January 18, 2020
    7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • The Beckman Center, Irvine, CA
    1 Academy Way
    Irvine, California


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