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Philadelphia Regional JSHS
Temple University
March 16, 2019

Welcome to the Greater Philadelphia Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Temple University is host to the 2019 Regional JSHS symposium held March 16, 2019 in Philadelphia, 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?

High school students interested in STEM studies can participate as a presenter. The Greater Philadelphia Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be March 16, 2019, at Temple University. Up to 35 high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate. 


Who can present at the Greater Philadelphia JSHS?

Any high school student from the Greater Philadelphia Region may submit a paper for consideration.


How do I present at the Greater Philadelphia JSHS?

Students in grades 9–12 select an area of research, conduct original research and then produce a research paper for presentation. 


The research presentation may not exceed 12 minutes, followed by a maximum 6-minute question period. 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. Following the presentation, the judges will ask questions.


Regional and National judges evaluate student's presentations using the below criteria. National judges rank each of the presentations based on the criteria and using a scale from 1 to 5. The scores are tallied for each presenter and used as the basis for discussion among judging team members where each criterion is considered.

  • Statement and identification of research problem
  • Scientific thought, creativity/innovation, appropriate duration
  • Research or engineering design and procedures
  • Logical conclusion relevant to the research problem. What was learned? Did student recognize contribution to the field? 
  • Skill in communicating results
  • References stated


To participate, students must register and submit an abstract and rough draft of paper by February 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Final papers are due by February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM.


Research papers should meet the following guidelines:

  • Paper should be a minimum of 6 pages and a maximum of 20 pages, double spaced, including all sections and appendices. 
  • Photography may not be used in the research paper.
  • Graphs, tables, diagrams, charts, or other graphic representation should be simple to allow the judges online access to the research paper. They should also be used appropriately.
  • Paper should clearly communicate results to a non-specialized audience.
  • Entire paper should be written in the past tense. 
  • Use excellent grammar.
  • Use 1 inch margins with Times or Times New Roman and a 12 point font.
  • Include a definition of terms if necessary.
  • A maximum size for the electronic research paper is 1.8 Mb.


The Greater Philadelphia JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and select students to present their result in oral presentation.  A total of 35 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions.



 What are the important dates for the 2019 Greater Philadelphia JSHS?
  • Registration is open! September 12, 2018
  • Deadline for student registration, abstract and rough draft of paper  submissionFebruary 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM

  • Deadline for student final paper submission: February 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM

  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. February 22, 2019
  • Registration deadline – All students, teachers,guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers must register to attend the Greater Philadelphia JSHS by February 1, 2019.



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


The Greater Philadelphia JSHS at Temple University is co-operatively sponsored by the College of Science and Technology.





If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Qianna Nelson



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