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2020 Puerto Rico Regional JSHS
Puerto Rico Junior Academy of Sciences
March 14, 2020


Welcome to the Puerto Rico Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The Intellexi Foundation and Puerto Rico Junior Academy of Sciences is host to the 2020 Regional JSHS symposium held March 14, 2020 in Gurabo, PR.


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?

Puerto Rico high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student observer. 

Who can present at the Puerto Rico Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the Puerto Rico Region may submit a paper for consideration.


How do I present at the Puerto Rico 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 February 22, 2020, students submit for evaluation an abstract reporting the results of their STEM research. A panel of judges will evaluate them and will select semifinalists. The semi- finalists will be required to respond a call for papers. 

  • STEP 4:  A panel of judges will select finalists from which the delegates will be selected in a plenary symposium. 15-20 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 a) receive feedback from judges/STEM specialists, b) be invited to attend JSHS as an observer, c) be invited to present in the poster session according to judging.


 What are the important dates for the 2020 Puerto Rico Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! November 17, 2019
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. March 5, 2020
  • Registration deadline – All students who wish to present in competition must submit their registration and abstract of their STEM research by February 22, 2020. Student observers, teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers should complete registration to attend the Regional JSHS by February 22, 2020.



Students who are selected to make presentations at the Puerto Rico 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 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 regional JSHS at Turabo University is co-operatively sponsored by the Intellexi Foundation  and the PR Junior Academy of Sciences.



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr Julio de Jesus
Regional Director
Intellexi Foundation Inc.
PO Box 418, Gurabo PR 00778
Phone: 787-502-6123