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2017 Southeast Michigan Regional JSHS
Wayne State University
March 10, 2017


Welcome to the Southeastern Michigan Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Wayne State University is host to the 2017 Regional JSHS symposium held March 10, 2017 in Detroit, MI.


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?

Any Michigan high school student, nominated by their teacher, from any school in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Teachers nominate students to participate in the symposium. Teachers should nominate students who have demonstrated an interest in and an aptitude for STEM studies. Students may be nominated as a paper presenter or participant only. However, students who participate in other scientific competitions such as Science Fair and Robotics are strongly encouraged to submit a research paper for presentation at the symposium.

The Southeastern Michigan Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be March 10, 2017, at Wayne State University.

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: By January 15, 2017 students submit for evaluation an Abstract AND Complete Research Paper reporting the results of their STEM research.  Abstracts should follow the format found at http://www.jshs.orgResearch Paper Guidelines should follow guidelines found at HERE! 

  • 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 of 30 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions. Individual papers are evaluated on their individual merit, not in comparison with other papers. At the Symposium, these areas of your research project will be evaluated again, combined with your stage presence and delivery as well as skill in answering questions from the judges and audience.


Oral Presentation

If your research paper is chosen for presentation at the symposium, you will need to prepare a 12-minute Power Point Presentation that you will deliver at the symposium. Wayne State University will provide laptop computers, projectors, and pointer for presenters to use. Bring your presentation in a flash drive.

To review the Oral presentation guidelines,CLICK HERE! 


Poster Preparation Guidelines

 All students, who submit a paper to the Southeastern Michigan Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and who plan to attend the symposium will need to prepare a poster to be displayed on the day of the symposium.

Please send your poster electronically attached to an email to Dr. Sandra Yarema, by the date indicated.

We will print the posters and have them ready on poster boards and easels on the day of the symposium. To prepare your poster follow the instructions found HERE! 

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 1, 2016

  • 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 15, 2017

  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. January 22, 2017

  • Please send your complete poster electronically attached to an email, as a Power Point or .pdf  to Dr. Sandra Yarema, by February 5, 2017



Students who are selected to make presentations at the Southeastern Michigan 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 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 Wayne State University is sponsored by the COLLEGE OF EDUCATION with support from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, the College of Engineering, and the School of Medicine at Wayne State University; and also the U. S. Army Tank-Automotive Command Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC).



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr. Sandra Yarema, Regional Director


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