2018 Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium
Regional JSHS
March 22-23, 2018
Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

Welcome to the Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium (JSJSS) Program. Ocean County College is host to the 2018 Regional JSHS symposium held March 22-23, 2018 in Toms River, NJ.


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.


This year's 2018 JSJSS will include five topic areas sponsored by the Army. One will be for the Best in Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Science (Additive Manufacturing), for qualified papers from selected students whose research papers apply to this field. The next will be from selected papers that qualify for Best in Robotics & Autonomy. The third will be for Best in Computing, Computer Science & Engineering, among the qualified papers from selected students across this field. The fourth will be for Best in Aerospace & Astrophysics, among the relevant papers submitted by students in this field. The fifth will be for the Best in Environmental & Earth Sciences.

These winners or 1st runner-ups selected from each topic area by Picatinny Arsenal, will receive an invitation to participate as a mentor in support of a week-long summer STEM enrichment program, which includes a presentation of their paper, and a one-day demonstration of our facilities with Army experts, of the respective science topics from this year's symposium. Qualified participants will receive a monetary stipend for the week.


Who attends JSHS?

High school students from interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. 


Who can present at the Jersey Shore Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from New Jersey may submit a paper for consideration.


How do I present at the Jersey Shore 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 10, 2017 students submit for evaluation an abstract reporting the results of their STEM research.  Students should submit their final papers no later than January 5, 2018.

  • STEP 4:  The Jersey Shore Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and select students to present their result in oral presentation.  A total 10 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions and 5 students will be selected to present their research in a poster session.


What if my abstract is not accepted?

Students whose research submission is not accepted for presentation in the oral session at the Jersey Shore Regional JSHS but is complete and meets all paper format guidelines will automatically be invited to present at the general poster session.


 What are the important dates for the 2018 Jersey Shore Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! November 21, 2017
  • Abstract Submission: December 10, 2017
  • Final Research Paper Submission: January 5, 2017
  • Permission Forms (parent/guardian; school principal): January 5, 2018
  • Finalists for presentations announced: February 9, 2018
  • Orientation: February 9, 2018
  • Rehearsal: February 23, 2018

  • Symposium: March 22-23, 2018



Students who are selected to make presentations at the Southern New Jersey 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. 

Additional awards are as follows:

Association of Old Crows (AOC) Garden State Chapter

$100 to each of the SJJSS 10 Paper and 6 Poster Presenters.

Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Monmouth Chapter

$50 to each of the SJJSS 6 Poster Presenters.

National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Central Jersey Chapter

$100 to each of the SJJSS 10 Paper and $50 to each of the 6 Poster Presenters.

Institute of Electrial and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

SJJSS 1st Place - $250, 2nd Place - $150, 3rd Place -$100.

Naval Civilian Managers Association (NCMA) Lakehurst Chapter

Plaques to each of the SJJSS 10 Paper and 6 Poster Presenters.

NJ Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC)

NJSGC awards 1st Place - $300, 2nd Place -200 Environmental Paper.

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New Jersey Post

$50 to each of the SJJSS 10 Paper Presenters.

Harris Corporation

Industry Sponsor

Aspen Consulting Group

$50 to each of the SJJSS 10 Paper and 6 Poster Presenters.

Naval Weapons Station Earle

Certificates to each of the SJJSS 10 Paper and 6 Poster Presenters.

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 Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium (JSJSS) website or the 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 Academy of Applied Science, a non-profit educational organization in Concord, New Hampshire, administers the National JSHS Program. 



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Christine O'Neil,, 732-255-0400, x 2436

Paul Silberquit,, 723-255-0400, x 2540


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