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2020 Washington D.C Regional JSHS
March 12-13, 2020
Georgetown University


Welcome to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. Georgetown University is host to the 2020 Washington D.C. Regional JSHS symposium held March 12-13, 2020 in Washington, D.C.


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, seminars, lab visits, and peer presentations and feedback 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?

Washington D.C. area high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. Up to 8 high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate. Please contact sciencefair@georgetown.edu if your school would like to send additional teachers and/or students.  

Who can present at the Regional JSHS?

Any high school student who goes to school in Washington D.C. or in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax counties may participate in the DC Symposium. Students who attend high school INSIDE the DC-MD Beltway may participate in the DC Symposium. Please contact sciencefair@georgetown.edu if you have questions about your school's location. 

How do I present at the Regional JSHS?

Visit csj.georgetown.edu/jshs for steps on submitting a research paper for oral or poster presentation. 

Students interested in submitting a research paper for the judged competition must do so by 11:59pm EST, Friday, January 10, 2020. 

The Washington D.C. Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ research papers and select students to present their result in oral presentation. Up to 12 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions and up to 12 students will be invited to present their research in poster sessions. 

What if my research paper is not accepted?

If your research paper is not accepted for an oral presentation, it will be considered for presentation in a poster session. Students whose research paper submission is not accepted for oral or poster presentation at the Washington D.C. Regional JSHS will automatically be invited to attend as a student attendee.   

 What are the important dates for the 2020 Regional JSHS?
  • Registration Opens: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Papers due by 11:59pm EST on Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Get notification of paper acceptance for oral presentation by Monday, February 3, 2020
  • Final date of registration: Friday, February 28, 2020


Students who are selected to make presentations at the Washington, DC 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 top five finalists are invited to advance to the National JSHS. Two of the five finalists will orally present their research in competition for scholarships; three of the five finalists will present their research in poster sessions. 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 csj.georgetown.edu/jshs, or the 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 Washington D.C. Regional JSHS at Georgetown University is co-operatively sponsored by the Georgetown University Medical Center and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service. 


If you have more questions or concerns, please contact

Dr. Andria Wisler





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