2018 Maryland Regional JSHS
University of Maryland - College Park
March 14, 2018

Welcome to the Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The University of Maryland, College Park is host to the 2018 Maryland Regional JSHS symposium held March 14, 2018 in College Park, MD.


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?

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


How do I present at the Maryland 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 16, 2018, students submit for evaluation an abstract and final written paper reporting the results of their STEM research.

  • STEP 4:  The Maryland Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and papers to select students to present their result in oral and poster presentation.  A total of 30 students will be invited to present their research.

Please visit http://www.ursp.umd.edu/jshs/ for complete steps.  Please note that this site will be updated on or about Monday, October 16, 2018.

What if my abstract is not accepted?

If an abstract is not accepted, a student may be invited to attend Maryland JSHS as a non-presenter.  S/he will still have an opportunity to learn more about exciting opportunities in STEM at the University of Maryland!

 What are the important dates for the 2018 Maryland Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! October 16, 2017
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral and poster presentations. February 19, 2018
  • Registration deadline – All students, teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers complete registration to attend the Maryland Regional JSHS.  All student presenters submit a paper reporting the results of their STEM research. January 16, 2018



Students who are selected to make presentations at the Maryland 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 http://www.ursp.umd.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 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 Maryland, College Park is co-operatively sponsored by the A. James Clark School of Engineering, the School of Public Health, the College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences, and the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.


If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Beth Domingo

Maryland Regional Program Manager




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