2017 Southern New England Regional JSHS
Boston University
March 24, 2017

Welcome to the Southern New England Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Boston University is host to the 2017 Regional JSHS symposium held March 24, 2017 in Boston, MA.


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?

High school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. Up to 6 high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate. 


Who can present at the Regional JSHS?

This one-day symposia is open to high school students who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Legal Residents from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Up to six high school students and one high school teacher may participate per school.


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 December 2, 2016 students and teachers should submit student abstract via BU online form.  Students will be notified by January 9, 2017 regarding the need to submit a research paper based on a review of their abstract.  Only students being consider for oral presentations will be asked to submit research papers.  Completed CVENT registration and full research paper due February 10, 2017.  Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations will occur by February 24, 2017.

  • STEP 4:  The Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and select students to present their result in oral presentation.  Up to 10 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 26, 2016
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. February 24, 2017
  • 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. February 10, 2017 


Students who are selected to make presentations at the [REGIONAL] 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.


Boston University will award $250 to the top poster presenter, $150 to the second place poster presenter, and $100 to the third place poster presenter.


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, 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 Boston University is co-operatively sponsored by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the College of Life Science.



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Michael Dennehy,


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