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2020 Chicago Regional JSHS
March 14, 2020
Loyola University Chicago


Welcome to the  Chicago Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Loyola University Chicago is host to the 2020 Chicago Regional JSHS symposium held March 14, 2020 in Chicago, IL.


JSHS is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize students (Grades 912) 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?

All Chicago area high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student observer.


How do I present at the Chicago 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 January 31, 2020, students submit for evaluation an abstract and full research paper reporting the results of their STEM research.  

  • STEP 4:  The Chicago Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and select students to present their result in oral presentation.  A total 10 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions, and another 10 students will be invited to present their research in a poster session.


What if my abstract is not accepted?

If you are not selected to present in either the oral or poster session, you will receive feedback on your project submission. You may be invited to attend Chicago Regional JSHS as a non-presenter (observer).  You will still have an opportunity to learn more about exciting opportunities in STEM at the Loyola University Chicago.


 What are the important dates for the 2020 Chicago Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! October 22, 2019
  • All students must submit an electronic copy of their abstract and paper reporting the results of their STEM research. January 31, 2020.
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. Before March 1, 2020.
  • Registration deadline – All students, teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers complete registration to attend the Chicago Regional JSHS.  January 31, 2020.



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

The top three oral presenters (1st, 2nd, and 3rd, places) and the top two poster presenters (4th and 5th places) selected by a panel of judges at the Chicago JSHS will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National JSHS meeting in Norfolk, Virginia on April 15-18, 2020.  The top two student presenters at the Chicago regional competition will compete at the National meeting in the oral presentations division.  The third, fourth, and fifth place winners in the regional competition will be eligible to present his/her work in a poster session at the National symposium.  As sponsored by the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the regional winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship award to the college or university of his/her choice.  The second place finisher at the regional will receive a $1500 scholarship and the third place finisher will receive a $1000 scholarship.  Fourth and fifth place regional winners do not receive a scholarship, but are fully eligible for scholarship awards offered at the National symposium as part of the poster competition. Oral presenters at the National competition will compete for tuition based scholarships. The eight first place presenters in their respective sections will receive an additional $12,000 scholarship, second place finishers will receive an additional $8,000, and third place finishers an additional $4,000.  Poster competition winners at the National symposium also receive cash awards. In the last ten years the Chicago Region has produced three third place winners at Nationals, four second place winners, most recently, Pranav Sivakumar (2016) and four first place winners, including Debarshi Mustafi of Kenwood Academy (2002), Seth Flaxman of Evanston Township (2004) and Marissa Suchyta of University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (2010).   

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 Loyola University Chicago is co-operatively sponsored by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Office of Research Services at Loyola University Chicago.



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Patrick L. Daubenmire, Ph.D.
Director, JSHS
Chicago Region
Phone: 773-508-8248

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  • When

  • Saturday, March 14, 2020

  • Where

  • Loyola University Chicago
    1032 W Sheridan Rd
    Chicago, Illinois 60660