Forty-Eight (48th) Annual South Carolina 

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Friday, January 31, 2020

University of South Carolina – Columbia


The DOD Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS)

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) program is jointly sponsored by the United States Departments of Army, Navy, and Air Force, in cooperation with leading research universities throughout the nation. The primary aims of JSHS are to promote original research and experimentation in science, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level, and publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement.  The JSHS provides a forum for high school students to present the results of their original research. Students who participate in the Symposia also have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, interact with practicing researchers, and explore future academic and career opportunities.

The Department of Defense (DOD) JSHS program is run by National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 1840 Wilson Blvd Arlington VA 22201. Alexis Mundis is the National Director of JSHS programs.


JSHS Regions cover all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe and pacific. Student compete in their home region. For information: see


The 2019 to 2020 DoD South Carolina Director is Dr. Don M. Jordan, College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Science Education, Coker Life Sciences Building, CLS 108, 715 Sumter Street c/o Biology Department, 4th Floor CLS, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC 29208. Phone: 803 777-7007 and email:   



We have Thirty (31) Student Research Papers from eleven (11) high schools from South Carolina. 

All research papers have been received and approved.


We have seventeen (17) High Schools Participating and thirty (30) teachers.  We have forty (40) written paper judges that have completed their review of the 31 papers.  The Judges have selected 15 papers as Semifinalist. These 15 students will compete for a chance to attend the National JSHS.


National JSHS is Wednesday – Saturday, April 15 – 18, 2020, Norfolk VA, at Founders Inn and Conference Center.


All 31 students will present their oral presentation before a set of Judges on the morning of Friday January 31, 2020.


Each individual attending, Student Presenters, Parents, Teachers, Student Observers, Judges, Special Guest, and Staff will receive a registration packet that contains a complete 24-page program and certificate of participation.


An Agenda is listed below:


Forty-Eight (48th) Annual South Carolina


Junior Science and Humanities Symposium


Friday, January 31, 2020


University of South Carolina – Columbia



7:05 – 7:55

Registration - Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:30

Welcome & Opening Remarks – Russell House Theater


USC / Dean Arts & Sciences TBA

Lt Col Marc A. Langohr, USAF Representing US Military

Department of Military Science ~ US Navy/Marine/Air Force ROTC~ USC

            Dr. Don Jordan - Center for Science Education – USC


First Round Student Presentations

Student Presentations in competition for awards from USC College of Arts and Sciences.


8:45 - 9:40  Rooms RH 322/326; RH 315; RH 305; RH 303: RH 203; RH 348;


Refreshment Break - Room 204


9:40 - 9:55


Second Round of Student Presentations


10:00 – 10:55 Rooms Same as above


11:15 - 11:50   – Keynote:      President Robert Caslen

University of South Carolina

Title: TBA


11:55 - 12:40                                                   Lunch




1:00 - 1:45

            Finalists Presentations –Russell House Theater

Student Presentations in competition for scholarships and travel to the 58th National JSHS

April 15 – 18, Norfolk, VA Founders Conf Center


1:45 - 2:00

Refreshment Break - Room 204


2:00 – 2:45

Finalists Presentations (Continue) – Russell House Theater


2:45 – 3:05    Judges Room. RH 201 / Five Member Finalist Panel for 2020 are:




Awards Ceremony –Russell House Theater

Department of Military Science / Dept of Navy/Marines/Air Force USC

Dean, Arts & Sciences/ FT Jackson Army Representative

College of Arts & Sciences --- Closing Remarks                                                         


All information needed for our 2020 Symposium

{except for you to register with National JSHS}

has been received at the office of Don Jordan.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Don M. Jordan / Center for Science Education / Coker Life Science CLS 108 / USC / Columbia SC 29208 Email: Phone: 803 777 7007


Thank you don jordan


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