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2020 Georgia Regional JSHS
University of Georgia
February 23-25, 2020


Welcome to the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The University of Georgia is host to the 2020 Georgia Regional JSHS symposium held February 23-25, 2020 in Athens, GA.


JSHS is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize students (Grades 8-12) 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?

All Georgia students in grades 8-12 who have conducted STEM research are eligible to apply for the Georgia JSHS. Students will be invited to attend Georgia JSHS after a preliminary judging process in which qualified scientists review the students' submitted abstracts and research papers. Based on the results of this preliminary review, 60 students will be selected to attend Georgia JSHS as either Presenters, who will participate in the oral presentation competition, or symposium Observers. Students in the 8th grade are only eligible to be selected as Observers.


Who can present at the Georgia Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the Georgia region may submit a paper for consideration.


How do I present at the Georgia Regional JSHS?

  • Step 1: Students in grades 8-12 select an area of research:
    • Behavioral & Social Science
    • Chemistry
    • Engineering; Technology
    • Environmental Science
    • Life Sciences
    • Mathematics & Computer Science
    • Medicine & Health
    • Physical Sciences 
  • Step 2: Students conduct original research and report findings in an abstract and maximum 20-page research paper.
  • Step 3: By January 9, 2020, students submit for evaluation their abstract and research paper reporting the results of their STEM research via the GJSHS application portal.* Abstracts and papers should follow the format found in the GJSHS Rulebook at 

For Team Projects, please have only one team member (the Team Leader) submit an application. Please do not submit multiple applications for the same project. Only the Team Leader (i.e., one student per project) will be invited to attend the Georgia JSHS.

  • Step 4: The Georgia JSHS review panel will evaluate students’ papers and select students to present their research in an oral presentation. A total of 45 students will be invited to GJSHS to present their research in oral sessions, and an additional 15 students will be invited as symposium observers and to participate in a poster competition. 


What if my abstract is not accepted?

All applicants will receive email notification once the paper evaluations are complete. The 60 students who have been selected to participate in the GJSHS will receive an invitation to attend the symposium as either a Presenter or an Observer.  


 What are the important dates for the 2020 Georgia Regional JSHS?


  • December 2, 2019: Registration opens
  • January 9, 2020: Deadline for registration and receipt of abstract/research paper
  • February 3, 2020: Approx. date applicants will be notified of selection
  • February 23-25, 2020: Georgia JSHS at UGA in Athens, GA



Students who are selected to make presentations at the Georgia JSHS have an opportunity to win undergraduate, tuition-based scholarships and cash awards from $1,000 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. 


Additionally, the winner of the poster competition (for Observers) will receive $50.


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 Georgia is cooperatively sponsored by the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Laura Brewer, Office of Academic Special Programs





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