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The regional JSHS will take place at Tesla STEM High School, Redmond, WA

March 23, 2019

Welcome to the Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The University of Washington is host to the 2019 Regional JSHS symposium held March 23, 2019, at the Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, WA.


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?

Washington high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. The Washington Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be March 23, 2019, at the Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, WA.


Who can present at the Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the State of Washington may submit a paper for consideration.


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 February 1, 2019 students submit for evaluation a Research Article and an abstract reporting the results of their STEM research. 

  • STEP 4:  The Washington JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ Research Articles and abstracts and select students to present their result in oral presentation.  The top 12-16 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions. 


What if my abstract is not accepted?

All students who submit abstracts will be invited to attend the symposium to present their work.  If you are selected to present an oral presentation, then you will have the opportunity to compete for a spot at the national competition which will be held after the regional competition in the spring of 2019.  For those who are not chosen for oral presentations, a non-competitive poster session is available to present their work.

 What are the important dates for the 2019 Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is open! January 1, 2019.
  • Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. March 1, 2019.
  • Registration deadline – All students must submit a Research Article and abstract through this online registration by February 1, 2019. Teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers must complete registration to attend the Washington JSHS by March 1, 2019.



Students who are selected to make presentations at the Washingtion 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 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 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 Washington JSHS is sponsored by the University of Washington, Department of Neurology and is co-operatively sponsored by the Tesla STEM High School. The regional competition will be at Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, WA.



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:


Dr. Meg Stockbridge



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