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Philadelphia Regional JSHS
Temple University
March 11, 2017

Welcome to the Greater Philadelphia Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Temple University is host to the 2017 Regional JSHS symposium held March 11, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA.

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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?

High school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. The Greater Philadelphia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be March 11, 2017, at Temple University. Up to 40 high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate. 

 

Who can present at the Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the Greater Philadelphia 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.

    • The research presentation may not exceed 12 minutes, followed by a maximum 6-minute question period. A session moderator will aid the student speaker in maintaining this schedule and in fielding questions from the audience. The
      procedure for maintaining the time includes a 10-minute signal for the student, and finally a 12-minute signal. At the 12-minute point, the student speaker must stop the presentation even if he or she has not finished.

    • Set-up time for the presentation is a maximum of 2 minutes. This set-up time is not included in the above presentation time.

    • Following the presentation, the session moderator will ask for audience questions.  The speaker may entertain questions while the exchange appears interesting and relevant. Questions intended to harass the student speakers will not be allowed by the session moderator.

    • The speaker should repeat a question before answering so the audience may understand the entire dialogue.

  • STEP 3: By February 27, 2017, students submit for evaluation an abstract reporting the results of their STEM research.  

  • STEP 4:  The Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and select students to present their result in oral presentation.  A total 50 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions.

 

What if my abstract is not accepted?

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

 

 What are the important dates for the 2017 Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! November 1, 2016
  • Deadline for paper submission: February 27, 2017

  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. March 3, 2017
  • Registration deadline – All students, teachers,guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers complete registration to attend the Regional JSHS.  All student presenters submit a paper reporting the results of their STEM research. March 10, 2017

 

Awards

Students who are selected to make presentations at the Greater Philadelphia Regional 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.

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 the http://www.stemcityphl.org/jshs, or National JSHS, Groundrules for student research presentation at the National JSHS. [See http://www.jshs.org/guidelines.html]

 

Sponsorship

 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 Temple University is co-operatively sponsored by the College of Science and Technology.

 

Contact

If you have more questions or concerns, please contact :

stemcityphl@gmail.com

215-683-2111

 

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