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Welcome to the Missouri Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The University of Missouri is host to the 2020 Regional JSHS symposium held March 2-3, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri.


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?

Missouri high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as an oral presenter, a poster presenter or as a student observer. 


Who can present at the Missouri Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the state of Missouri may submit a paper and/or abstract for consideration. 


How do I present at the Missouri Regional JSHS?

  • STEP 1: Students in grades 9–12 select an area of research: 
    • Environmental Science
    • Biomedical & Life Sciences
    • Health & Medicine/Behavioral Sciences
    • Computer Science & Mathematics
    • Engineering & Technology

  • STEP 2: Students conduct original research.

  • STEP 3: By February 10, 2020 students who wish to present a project in oral or poster session must submit for evaluation a research paper and abstract reporting the results of their STEM research.  

  • STEP 4:  The Missouri Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and research papers and select students to present their results in oral presentation and poster presentation.  A total of 25 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions (5 students will be selected to present in each of the five categories of competition).


What if my abstract is not accepted?

Students whose research submission is not accepted for oral presentation at the Missouri Regional JSHS but is complete and meets all paper format guidelines may be invited to attend as a poster presenter or as a student observer.


 What are the important dates for the 2020 Missouri Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! January 6, 2020
  • Registration deadline- February 7, 2020. All students, teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers must register. Students who wish to submit research papers and abstracts must submit materials by February 10, 2020.
  • Student material submission deadline – All research papers and abstracts must be submitted by February 10, 2020. 



Students who are selected to make presentations at the Missouri 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 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 Missouri is co-operatively sponsored by the College of Engineering.



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Tyler Reyes, Regional Director




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