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Welcome to the New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Rutgers University is host to the 2020 Regional JSHS symposium held March 2, 2020 in Piscataway, 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 2, 2020 at Rutgers University. Up to five high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate. 

How do I present at the New Jersey, Rutgers Regional JSHS?

Please note that students MUST submit a completed JSHS registration form with an abstract by December 6, 2019, and a YouTube Video link and full research paper by January 8, 2020 to be considered to participate. Late submissions will not be accepted.

  • STEP 1: Teacher/School Registration are due November 29, 2019.
  • 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 independently conduct original research on a topic of their choice.
  • STEP 3: By December 6, 2019, students must submit an abstract reporting the results of their STEM research for evaluation.
  • STEP 4: By January 8, 2020, students must submit a YouTube video link in addition to the full report of their research topic, detailing their findings and conclusions.  See the guidelines for both the paper and the YouTube video HERE.
  • STEP 5: The New Jersey, Rutgers Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students' abstracts, papers, and videos and selects students to present their research in oral and poster presentations. 


What if my abstract is not accepted?

Students whose research submissions are not accepted for oral or poster presentation at the New Jersey, Rutgers JSHS at Rutgers University but are complete and meet all paper format guidelines will automatically be invited to attend as a student observer. All students will be notified of their status by February 14, 2020.

What are the important dates for the 2020 New Jersey, Rutgers Regional JSHS?

  • Teacher/School Registration are due November 29, 2019
  • Student Registration and Abstract are due December 6, 2019
  • Student Full Papers and Video are due January 8, 2020.
  • Announce Finalists for NJ JSHS at Rutgers will be announced on February 14, 2020
  • NJ JSHS at Rutgers University will be on March 2, 2020



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


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

For additional information on guidelines for paper preparation, style and presentation, please refer to either the Rutgers JSHS website or the National JSHS Rules of Competition for 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 47 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 New Jersey, Rutgers JSHS at Rutgers University is co-operatively sponsored by the College of Engineering.



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