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2019 Iowa JSHS
University of Iowa
March 4-5, 2019

Welcome to the Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) Program. The University of Iowa is host to the 2019 Regional JSHS symposium held March 4-5, 2019 at the  Marriot Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville, IA.


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?

Iowa high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate.


Who can present at the Iowa Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from Iowa may submit a paper for consideration.


How do I present at the Iowa Regional JSHS?

  • STEP 1: Iowa students in grades 9–12 conduct original research. 

  • STEP 2: By January 14, 2019, students submit for evaluation a paper about their original research. These papers must follow the research paper format found at

  • STEP 3:  Presenters are selected from the top 18 papers submitted. 

What if my paper is not accepted?

Students whose research submission is not accepted for oral presentation at the Iowa Regional JSHS but is complete and meets all paper format guidelines will automatically be invited to attend as a student delegate.


 What are the important dates for the 2019 Iowa Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! December 15, 2018
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. January 25, 2019
  • Registration deadline – All students who wish to present their research must register and submit a paper reporting the results of their STEM research by January 14, 2019. All other students, teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers must complete registration to attend the Iowa Regional JSHS by February 4, 2019.



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


Additionally, The University of Iowa provides $750 scholarships to each of the top five finalists who attend the University of Iowa.


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 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 University of Iowa is co-operatively sponsored by the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. 


If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr. Lori M. Ihrig


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