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DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity) Pacific JSHS
Kadena Air Base/Tsukuba University

March 16-17, 2020

Welcome to the DoDEA Pacific 
Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The Department of Defense Dependent Schools Pacific is host to the 2020 Regional JSHS symposium held March 16-17, 2020 in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.


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 symposium, 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 the DoDEA Pacific JSHS?

Students who attend DoDEA high schools interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student observer. 


Who can present at the DoDEA Pacific Regional JSHS?

Any high school student who is enrolled at a DoDEA school in the Pacific region may submit a paper for consideration.


How do I present at the DoDEA Pacific 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 research paper reporting the results of their STEM research. 

  • STEP 4:  The DoDEA Pacific Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and papers and select students to present their result in oral presentation.  A total of 15 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions and 10 students will be invited to present their research in poster sessions.




Students who are selected to make presentations at the DoDEA Pacific JSHS have an opportunity to win undergraduate, tuition-based scholarships and cash awards from $1000 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 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 Kadena Air Force Base is co-sponsored by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate Student Council and Tsukuba University.



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

DeAngleo Galang,

Allison Fenimore,


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