2020 KY JSHS

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2020 Kentucky Regional JSHS
February 21-22, 2020
University of Louisville

Welcome to the Kentucky Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The University of Louisville is host to the 2020 Regional JSHS symposium held February 21-22, 2020 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 in the Kentucky JSHS.


How do I present at the Kentucky 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 submit an abstract and research paper by January 28th, 2020. Approximately 35 students will be invited to present their research in oral presentation sessions after papers are reviewed. 
  • STEP 4: Students will be notified of their selection to present their research in oral presentation by February 10th, 2020. An e-mail will be sent to all applicants indicating their status of participation.

What if my abstract is not accepted?

Students interested in competing in the Kentucky JSHS must submit an abstract and a research paper. Please include your abstract within your final paper, following National JSHS Rules of Competition. Abstracts and papers will be evaluated and approximately 35 students will be invited to the University of Louisville to present their research in the oral presentation session. Students whose projects are not selected for the oral presentation session will either be offered a spot to present in the poster session or will be given suggestions for improvement provided for a new submission the following year. 

 What are the important dates for the 2019 Kentucky Regional JSHS?
  • Registration & Paper Submission is open! January 6th, 2020.
  • Student registration, abstract and research papers reporting the results of their STEM research are due by January 28th, 2020.
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations sent by February 10th, 2020.
  • CVENT Registration deadline – All students must register and submit an abstract and research paper by ​January 28, 2020. 
  • All teachers,guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers complete registration to attend the Regional JSHS by  February 20, 2020.


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 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 www.louisville.edu/jshs 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 Louisville is co-operatively sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development.


If you have more questions or concerns, please contact the Program Director:

Terri Tinnell


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