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  2017 North Carolina Regional JSHS
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
March 19-20, 2017


Welcome to the North Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The University of North Carolina - Charlotte is host to the 2016 Regional JSHS symposium held March 19-20, 2017 in Wilmington, NC.


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?

North Carolina high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as an oral or poster presenter or as an observer. The North Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be March 19 and 20, 2017, at Wilmington, North Carolina. Up to 4-5 high school students may be selected as oral presenters. Other students presenting a poster or observing are allowed to attend. At least one teacher from each high school is expected to participate.


Who can present at the Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the North Carolina region may submit a paper for consideration.


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: Students conduct original research.



  • STEP 4: The Regional NCJSHS assembles a faculty review panel to review each student’s research paper and select students to present their results in oral presentation. A total of 10 students and 1 alternate student will be invited to present their research in oral sessions.


What if my abstract is not accepted?

All abstracts are accepted. Students whose research papers are not selected to present orally will automatically be invited to attend as a poster presenter.


 What are the important dates for the 2017 Regional JSHS?

  • Registration is open! October 1, 2016
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. March 1, 2017
  • Registration deadline
    • All students, teachers, and guests, complete registration to attend the Regional JSHS. All student presenters submit an abstract reporting the results of their STEM research. December 16, 2016​ January 20, 2107.
    • All student oral presenters submit a paper reporting the results of their STEM research. January 20, 2017




Students who are selected to make presentations at the North Carolina 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.


For 48 teachers…

  • A $500 award to one teacher at each of the 48 regionals, honoring the individual teacher's and his or her school's contributions to advancing student participation in research.


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.



 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 48 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 North Carolina at Charlotte is co-operatively sponsored by the United States Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, in cooperation with leading research universities throughout the nation.

 All registered student oral presentation participants MUST submit their research paper at http://cstem.uncc.edu/stem-student-competitions/nc-junior-science-and-humanities-symposium/registration no later than January 20, 2017.


If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Alisa Wickliff
Associate Director Center of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education 222 College of Education
Building 9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Telephone: (704) 687-8818
E-mail: abwickli@uncc.edu


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