Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Northern New England Region
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

March 28 - March 29, 2019

The 2019 Southern New England Regional JSHS- for those students who reside in Massachusetts and Rhode Island- will be held on March 28, 2019 at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Dennehy at mdennehy@bu.edu

Welcome to the Northern New England Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) Program. The Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire is host to the 2019 Regional JSHS symposium held March 28-29, 2019 in Durham, New Hampshire.


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?

All high school students from any school in the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are eligible to participate in the Northern New England JSHS program.  

How do I present at the Northern New England 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 9, 2019students must register for the regional JSHS and submit an abstract of their STEM research project.  Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.


  • STEP 4: By January 30, 2019, students must submit a full  research paper reporting the results of their STEM research.


  • STEP 4:  The Northern New England Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and select students to present their result in oral presentation or a poster session.  Five students will be invited to present their research in the oral presentation session and students who submit a complete project, but are not selected to present in the oral session, will be invited to present their research in poster session. 


What if my abstract is not accepted?

Students whose research submission is not accepted for oral presentation at the Northern New England Regional JSHS but is complete and meets all paper format guidelines will automatically be invited to attend as a poster presenter.


 What are the important dates for the 2019 Northern New England Regional JSHS?

  • Registration Opens: November 1, 2018
  • January 9, 2019 Students registration deadline and student abstracts due.
  • January 30, 2019 Students full research papers due.
  • March 6, 2019 Students will be notified of their selection to present in the oral or poster presentation session. 
  • Registration Deadline for all Teachers, Guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers who attend the regional JSHS, March 28, 2019.


    Students who are selected to make presentations at the Northern New England 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.



    Guidelines for Rules of Competition

    For additional references to information on abstract and paper preparation, style and presentation, please refer to the 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 Northern New England Regional JSHS at The University of New Hampshire is cooperatively sponsored by the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) and the Leitzel Center.





    Website:  www.unh.edu/nnejshs

    If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:


    Dr. Stephen Hale





    JSHS 2019 Northern New England Region

    • When

    • March 28-29, 2019 

      Eastern Time

    • Where

    • University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
      Memorial Union Building, 83 Main St./Holloway Commons, 75 Main St.

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