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2020 Southeast Michigan Regional JSHS
Wayne State University
February 28, 2020


Welcome to the Southeast Michigan Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS). Wayne State University will host the 56th Annual, 2020 Regional JSHS symposium held February 28, 2020, 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, may attend. Teachers must 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 to present their research orally, as a poster, or as an observing participant only. 
  • 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 Southeast Michigan Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be February 28, 2020, at the McGregor Conference Center, on the Wayne State University Campus.

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, 2020:
    tudents applying to present orally or a poster must submit an Abstract AND
                    Complete Research Paper
    reporting the results of their STEM research
    • Abstracts should follow the format found at
    • Research Paper guidelines should follow guidelines found HERE!
  • STEP 4:  The Southeast Michigan Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review
                   students’ abstracts and select students to present their result in oral or poster
    • A total of 35 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions.
    • Individual papers are evaluated on their individual merit, not in comparison.
    • 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 oral 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

 Students, who are not selected to present their research orally, but who do plan to participate in the SE MI JSHS Regional Poster Session 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 board display 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 oral presentation at the Southeast Michigan Regional JSHS but is complete and meets all paper format guidelines will automatically be invited to attend as a poster presenter and student delegate.


 What are the important dates for the 2020 Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! November 15, 2019

  • Registration deadline

  • All students, teachers, and guests must complete registration to attend the Regional JSHS by February 14, 2020

  • STEM professionals/volunteers must register by February 20, 2020

  • All students applying to present orally or a poster must submit a paper reporting the results of their STEM research by January 15, 2020

  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral or poster presentations will be made by January 24, 2020

  • Please send your complete poster electronically attached to an email, as a Power Point or .pdf to Dr. Sandra Yarema,, by February 10, 2020

  • The 54th Annual Southeast Michigan Regional JSHS will take place on
    February 28, 2020


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 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 Region will distribute $500 in cash awards to the top three regional poster presenters:
  • $200 to first place;
  • $150 to second place;
  • $100 to third place

The top five finalists are invited to advance to the National JSHS, all expenses paid. 
The 2020 National JSHS will take place April 15 - 18, in Norfolk, VA.    

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 Southeast Michigan Regional JSHS is held at Wayne State University, 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 Department of Defense -U.S. Army-  Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC)- Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC), Warren, MI



Website:  http://coe.wayne,edu/ted/science/jshs/


If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr. Sandra Yarema, Southeast Michigan Regional Director,


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