2017 Connecticut Regional JSHS
University of Connecticut/ UConn Health
March 11, 2017


Welcome to the Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. UConn Health is host to the 2017 Regional JSHS symposium held March 11, 2017 in Farmington, CT.


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?

Connecticut high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. Up to 10 high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate. 


Who can present at the Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the Connecticut region may submit an application for consideration.

How do I present at the Regional JSHS?


  1. By December 6, 2016, register with intent to present.                                                      Online registration deadline EXTENDED until December 13, 2016.                                              

  2. By January 6, 2016, modify your registration. Upload abstract; complete presenter application; submit mentor information; and submit a 3-min video.
  3. A review committee will view all completed student applications and evaluate them.  The committee will then meet to decide which students will present at this year’s CT-JSHS.  


What if my abstract is not accepted?

Students whose research is not accepted for one of the presentation categories but has submitted all material by the deadline will be automatically invited to attend as a student delegate.


 What are the important dates for the 2017 Regional JSHS?

Registration will open on October 24, 2016.  All students wishing to participate as presenters or delegates must register by December 6, 2016.  It is important to select presenter or delegate when you register.  Those who choose to be considered as presenters will have until January 6, 2017 to modify their application by adding their abstract; research application; mentor information and 3 minute video.  The earlier we receive your mentor information and title of your project the sooner we can verify details with your mentor.  



The First Place Poster Winner along with the top 4 Oral presenters will be selected to travel to National JSHS, held April 26-29 in San Diego, CA, as the Connecticut Delegation.  Additional awards given at the CT-JSHS include cash awards made possible through the Connecticut Teachers Association and the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association. The Talcott Mountain Academy gives out scholarships for their program.  The University of Connecticut gives a 4 year half tuition scholarship to our First Place Oral Presenter.    The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering has an annual meeting in May that will feature our top 5 Oral Presenters. The Governor of Connecticut will declare that day a special science day in each of their names.  They will have the opportunity to share their research in a poster presentation with all of the STEM professional fellows, deans and professors from STEM universities from the state of Connecticut.  In the same ceremony with professionals, our students will be honored and they each will win a cash prize and the science chair from their school will also receive a cash prize for their school. It is wonderful to see the encouragement given to these students by the STEM community of our state.

For additional references to information on paper preparation, style and presentation, please refer to www.ctjshs.uconn.edu, or National JSHS, guidelines for student research presentation at the National JSHS. See http://www.jshs.org/guidelines.html



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 (DoD) and colleges and universities nationwide. JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers, conducting STEM research on behalf of or directly for the DoD or federal research laboratories to help advance the nation's scientific and technological progress. Through JSHS, over 8,000 youth annually compete in 48 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 UConn Health is sponsored by the Connecticut Area Health Education Centers Network (CT AHEC) with partnerships from within UConn by the School of Engineering, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of Public Engagement and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.From the community, our partners are the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, the Connecticut Science Teachers Association, the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association, the Talcott Mountain Academy and the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair.


If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Joy Erickson
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