2017 South Carolina Regional JSHS
University of South Carolina
January 20, 2017


Welcome to the South Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The University of South Carolina is host to the 2017 Regional JSHS symposium held January 20, 2017 in Columbia, SC.


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?

South Carolina high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. Up to 20 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 South Carolina 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.

  • STEP 3: Schools complete intent to participate form by November 4, 2017 and students present completed paper by December 2, 2016.

  • 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 100 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! October 10, 2016
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. January TBD
  • 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. January 9, 2017 (*Students only - December 2, 2016)



Students who are selected to make presentations at the South Carolina 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, or National JSHS, Groundrules for student research presentation at the National JSHS. [See]


JSHS 2017 Guidelines to Sumit a Research Paper

The paper should be a minimum of 5-6 pages and a maximum of 20 pages (double space, one side only) including appendices. Deadline is Friday, December 2, 2016.

A recommended outline for the research paper includes:

  1. Title page, or cover page stating the student's name, school address, and title of the research;
  2. One page abstract;
  3. Table of Contents;
  4. Introduction (including statement of problem);
  5. Materials and methods;
  6. Results (data or findings);
  7. Discussion and Conclusions;
  8. Acknowledgements of major assistance received;
  9. References, or literature cited;
  10. Appendices (if necessary).

Please submit the original and three (3) copies of your research paper. Also submit an original abstract and three (3) copies of your abstract. Only use one side of each page. Do not send in a copy using the back and front of the paper. In addition, email a PDF copy of the paper and abstract to Don Jordan, (PDF requirement is important!) Start the name of the PDF document with the Student's Name, High School, then Category. Example: John Doe, Lex HS, Chemistry.

For more references, see JSHS Website under "Participation Guidelines"


 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 the University of South Carolina is co-operatively sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences  and the Center for Science Education.



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr. Don Jordan


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