Pennsylvania Regional JSHS
Juniata College
March 22-24, 2020


Welcome to the Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Juniata College is host to the 2020 Regional JSHS symposium held March 22-24, 2020, in Huntingdon, PA.


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?

Pennsylvania area high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. 

Who can present at the Pennsylvania Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the Pennsylvania area may submit a paper for consideration.


How do I present at the Pennsylvania 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: To be considered for the 2019 Pennsylvania JSHS, each student must be accompanied by a teacher or parent. BOTH the student and their teacher need to complete their own separate online registration form — by March 6, 2020. A complete student application must include an uploaded abstract by March 6, 2020. Each student participant must mail six copies of a research paper and six copies of an abstract. Copies must be received by March 6, 2020
    • Please address the copies to: Science in Motion, ATTN: Pat Myers,
      1701 Penn Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652 

  • STEP 4:  The Pennsylvania Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and select students to present their result in oral presentation.  

It is the expectation that the top five winners in the paper categories at PA-JSHS will serve as representatives for Pennsylvania at the National JSHS. There they will compete for significant awards and scholarships. Registration for National must be done immediately following the conclusion of PA-JSHS. Therefore, check your schedule against the dates of National (below) and be ready to declare on March 6th whether or not you are able to attend National should you be one of the top five presenters. If you are unable to attend National due to a scheduling conflict, you will still receive the award earned at PA-JSHS.  The opportunity to participate at National will pass to the next qualified person.

The National JSHS will be held April 15-18, 2020, in Norfolk, VA.

If you have any questions regarding commitment to participate at National JSHS, contact Dr. Dave Klindienst,


Students who are selected to make presentations at the Pennsylvania 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 or 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.




If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr. Dave Klindienst


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