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2017 New Jersey Regional JSHS
Rutgers University
March 1-2, 2017


Welcome to the New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Rutgers University is host to the 2017 Regional JSHS symposium held March 1-2, 2017 in Somerset, NJ.



Who attends JSHS?

New Jersey high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. The New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be held from March 1st to March 2nd, 2017 at Rutgers University and at a local hotel for those staying overnight. Up to five high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate. 

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: Student independently conduct original research on a topic of their choice.
  • STEP 3: By December 1, 2016, students must submit an abstract reporting the results of their STEM research for evaluation.
  • STEP 4: By January 2, 2017, student must submit a full report on their research topic, detailing their findings and conclusions.
  • STEP 5: The Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students' abstracts and selects students to present their research in oral and poster presentations. Twenty students will be selected to give oral presentations and approximately fifty students will be selected to give poster presentations.


What if my abstract is not accepted?

Students whose research submissions are not accepted for presentation at the Regional JSHS but are complete and meet all paper format guidelines will automatically be invited to attend as a student delegate or poster presenter. All students will be notified of their status by February 13, 2017.

What are the important dates for the 2017 Regional JSHS?

  • Registration will open on October 21, 2016.
  • Students selected to participate in oral and poster presentations will automatically be assumed to have confirmed their attendance.
  • All students, teachers, guests, and STEM professional & volunteers must complete the registration to attend the New Jersey JSHS by January 2, 2017.
  • All student presenters must also submit a paper reporting the results of their research by January 2, 2017.


Students who are selected to make presentations at the New Jersey 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.


Several special topic areas will additionally be sponsored by Picatinny Arsenal.


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 information on guidelines for paper preparation, style and presentation, please refer to either the Rutgers JSHS website or the National JSHS websiteSee for ground rules on 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 several educational institutions to support and encourage students to contribute as future scientists and engineers by 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 nationwide across 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 New Jersey JSHS at Rutgers University is co-operatively sponsored by the College of Engineering.



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