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2018 Connecticut Regional JSHS
University of Connecticut/ UConn Health
March 24, 2018


Welcome to the Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) Program. UConn Health is host to the 2018 Regional JSHS symposium held March 24, 2018 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 observer. Up to 10 high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate. Students must be accompanied by at least one teacher/chaperone designated from each high school. Students may not attend unchaperoned per University Policy.


Who can present at the Connecticut Regional JSHS?

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

How do I present at the Connecticut Regional JSHS?

  1. By December 8, 2017, ALL students must register and complete the Student Application for the CT-JSHS. After initial registration, students wishing to apply to present their research must return to the application to add their research materials by the January 8, 2018 deadline.

  2. By January 8, 2018 students who wish to present their research at the CT-JSHS must submit an abstract, Mentor Form, short answer question and a link to their 3-minute 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. A maximum of 16 students will be invited to present their projects in Oral Competition. A maximum of 16 students will also be invited to present their projects in Poster Competition. And a maximum of 40 students will be invited to present their projects in the noncompetitive STEM Exhibition Poster Session.

  4. Students will be notified of their selection to present in one of the three sessions by February 2, 2018.  


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 observer.


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

Registration will open on November 1, 2017.  Deadline for Registration to be completed online December 8, 2017. Be sure to indicate if  you will be applying to present or not. This is for all students- presenters and observers! All students wishing to participate as presenters or delegates must register by January 8, 2018.  It is important to select presenter or observer when you register. All student materials, including the abstract, mentor information and 3-minute video are due by January 8, 2018. 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 May 2-5 in Hunt Valley, MD, 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, 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 (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 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 UConn Health is sponsored by the Connecticut Area Health Education Centers Network (CT AHEC) with sponsorships from Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, Connecticut Science Teachers Association, Inc., Connecticut Science Supervisors Association, EASTCONN Mobile STEM Lab, Talcott Mountain Science Center, and UConn Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Other cooperating organizations are AmeriCorps State Program, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, Inc., Connecticut Association of Secondary Schools, the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, CT AHEC Urban Service Track, Educators for Responsible Science, National Association of Secondary School Prinicpals, Pratt & Whittney, UConn Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows, UConn College of Liberal Arts and Science, UConn Graduate School, UConn Office of Public Engagement, UConn School of Dental Medicine, UConn School of Engineering, UConn School of Medicine.


If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Joy Erickson
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