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Welcome  to the Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

The 2020 Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is scheduled to be held at Longwood University in Farmville, VA on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The VaJSHS  primary priority is to provide opportunity for underserved students in rural communities and inner cities to present their scientific research. We encourage any and all submissions of original research from across the region, especially those schools who have not participated before.

The VaJSHS is open to students in public, private or home schooled/online programs registered in grades 9-12 who reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia, except those who reside or attend school in the cities/ counties of Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax. Students who live or attend school in Alexandria, Arlington or Fairfax must apply to the Greater Metro DC JSHS. Student teams may apply but a research project presented by a team may not win scholarship money or advance to the National JSHS.  Teams may consist of students from more than one school.

All students must be nominated by a teacher, administrator, or home school/online parent or guardian. Private schools may nominate 2 students, public high schools up to 4 students and regional Governor's schools may nominate up to 12 students each. All Governor’s  schools and Magnet schools will be asked to list their feeder schools and locations for our records.

All attendees (students, teachers, guests, and judges) must register through CVENT between January 6, 2020 and February 28, 2020. Students who are selected will be notified by email no later than March 7, 2020 and will need to prepare a 10-12 minute oral presentation. Please use the menu buttons to the left to learn more about the symposium and the participation requirements.

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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.



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