2017 Kentucky Regional JSHS
March 3-4, 2017
University of Louisville

Welcome to the Kentucky Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The University of Louisville is host to the 2017 Regional JSHS symposium held March 3-4, 2017 in Louisville, KY.


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?

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


How do I present at the 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: Students register online by January 20, 2017

  • STEP 4:  Students submit final papers by January 20, 2017. Approximately 30 students will be invited to present their research after papers are reviewed.


What if my abstract is not accepted?

Students interested in competing in the JSHS do not need to submit an abstract separately. Please include your abstract within your final paper (following JSHS guidelines). Once students submit papers and papers are evaluated, approximately 30 students will be invited to the University of Louisville to present their research. These students will be notified between February 13-15, 2017.


 What are the important dates for the 2017 Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! December 1, 2017
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. February 13-15, 2017
  • Registration deadline – All students, teachers,guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers complete registration to attend the Regional JSHS.  All student presenters submit a paper reporting the results of their STEM research. January 20, 2017



Students who are selected to make presentations at the Kentucky JSHS have an opportunity to win undergraduate, tuition-based scholarships and cash awards from $200 to $2,000.  

The Academy of Applied Sciences 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 www.louisville.edu/jshs or National JSHS, Groundrules 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 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 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 the University of Louisville is co-operatively sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development.



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

William Thornburgh


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Friday evening welcome and dinner at the Rauch Planetarium - 3:45 to 7:30pm
Saturday morning breakfast and presentations at the College of Education and Human Development - 7:30am to noon
Saturday afternoon lunch, awards, and Top 5 finalists present - 12:15pm to 3:45pm