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2019 Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula of Michigan Regional JSHS
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
January 26-27, 2019


Welcome to the Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula of Michigan Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse will host the 2019 Regional JSHS symposium held January 26-27, 2019 at Treehaven in Tomahawk, WI. All students, teachers, mentors, parents, and other guests who wish to attend the event should register by December 3, 2018. Students who wish to present a research project must register by December 3, 2018 and submit their materials by December 14, 2018. All participants must attend the entire event.  Leaving early is not permitted unless approved by Program Director.

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 an oral presenter, poster presenter, or student delegate (observer). 

Who can present at the Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula of Michigan region may submit a statement of outside assistance, abstract, and research 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 December 3, 2018, students and all other participants must register to attend.

  • STEP 4: By December 14, 2018, presenters need to submit for evaluation a Statement of Outside Assistance, abstract, and paper reporting the results of their STEM research.  Abstracts and papers should follow the format found at http://www.uwlax.edu/conted/jshs/.  

  • STEP 4: The Regional JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and papers before selecting students to present their work.  A total of 10 students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions.  Others will still be invited to present their research in a poster presentation. 


What if my abstract and research paper is not accepted?

Students whose research submission is not accepted for an oral presentation at the Regional JSHS but is complete and meets all abstract and paper format guidelines will automatically be invited to attend as a student delegate or poster presenter.


What are the important dates for the 2019 Regional JSHS?
  • Registration is OPEN until December 3, 2018.

    •  Students, teachers, mentors, parents, and other guests should all register for the event 
  • Students must upload Statement of Outside Assistance, abstracts and research papers by December 14, 2018.
  • Notification to confirm participation in oral or poster presentation by early January 2019.

  • Regional JSHS Event at Treehaven in Tomahawk, WI – January 26-27, 2019 (All participants must attend the entire event.  Leaving early is not permitted unless approved by Program Director.) 

  • There will be $20 fee per participant, which will be collected by UWL when you complete your registration. However, this fee is not required in order to present and will be used for memorabilia or experiences to enrich your JSHS memories. The JSHS office at UWL will contact you after your registration is received.


Students who are selected to make oral presentations at the Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula of Michigan JSHS, and are present for the entire event, have an opportunity to win undergraduate, tuition-based scholarships and cash awards from $250 to $2,000.  In addition, student presenters have an opportunity to receive the Presidential Scholar Award.

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.

Additionally, The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse will send a congratulatory letter that will offer a scholarship of up to $250 to each of the top five finalists who attend The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. 

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.

A selected teacher or mentor will also receive a $500 award and an all-expense paid trip to the National JSHS to honor their contributions to advancing student participation in research.


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 regional JSHS at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse is co-operatively sponsored by the School of Education, Professional, and Continuing Education, the College of Science and Health, and Continuing Education and Extension.


Website: http://www.uwlax.edu/conted/jshs


If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Continuing Education and Extension
Heidi Masters, Program Director