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2018 Wyoming-Eastern Colorado Regional JSHS
University of Wyoming 
March 23, 2018


Welcome to the Wyoming-Eastern Colorado Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program. The University of Wyoming is host to the 2018 Wyoming-Eastern Colorado JSHS symposium held Friday, March 23, 2018 in Laramie, WY.


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?

Any student attending a high school or of high school age, but receiving at-home instruction in Wyoming or Eastern Colorado is eligible to participate. There is no registration fee to apply or to participate, and there is no limit on the number of students that can apply from any individual school. All program costs and meals during the symposium will be provided for all invited students and one chaperone from each school. To facilitate participation by students from the entire region, lodging can also be provided for Thursday and Friday evenings. 


How do I present at the Wyoming-Eastern Colorado 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 March 2, 2018 students submit for evaluation an abstract and research paper reporting the results of their STEM research.  

  • STEP 4: The Wyoming-Eastern Colorado JSHS assembles a review panel to review students’ abstracts and research papers and select students to present their result in oral presentation. Up to fifteen (15) students will be invited to present their research in oral sessions.
  • STEP 5: All applicants will be notified of their invitation to present by email on or before March 9, 2018.


What materials to report the results of my STEM research must I submit?

All students intending to apply must submit an abstract and research paper reporting the results of their STEM research. Abstracts and research papers should be word or PDF files and will be uploaded into this registration. When saving and naming files for upload, please use the following file name format: Last Name_First Name_Abstract and last Name-First Name_Research Paper.

What if I am not accepted to present in the oral session?

If space and resources permit, the judges may also select additional students as Poster Finalists to give poster presentations of their work. If sufficient space and resources are available, students who have not yet conducted research or are just beginning their projects may be invited to attend the symposium as observers. Students whose research submission is not accepted for presentation at the Wyoming-Eastern Colorado Regional JSHS but is complete and meets all paper format guidelines will automatically be invited to attend as a student delegate or poster presenter.


 What are the important dates for the 2018 Wyoming-Eastern Colorado JSHS?
  • Registration is open! January 1, 2018.
  • March 2, 2018. Student Project Submission deadline- All students who wish to apply must register and submit an abstract and research paper reporting the results of their STEM research.
  • March 9, 2018.  Notification to students to confirm participation in oral presentations. 
  • March 16, 2018. Registration deadline – All teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers complete registration to attend the Wyoming-Eastern Colorado JSHS. 
  • March 16, 2018. Parent/Guardian permission forms are due. Forms may be submitted online through this site. Students may return to their existing registration to add these forms following the March 2 deadline for their student project materials. 


Inclement Weather or Need to Cancel the Wyoming-Eastern Colorado JSHS

In the event of bad weather, poor travel conditions or other need to cancel the regional competition on March 23, 2018, participants will be notified by phone as early as possible. Competitors will also be contacted to try to arrange an alternative time and date to present their work to the judges. That will likely involve digital conferencing as a means of convening the judges and participants (e.g., Skype or Zoom conferencing).


Students who are selected to make presentations at the Wyoming-Eastern Colorado 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.


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 Academy of Applied Science, a non-profit educational organization in Concord, New Hampshire, administers the National JSHS Program. The regional JSHS at the University of Wyoming is co-operatively sponsored by the University of Wyoming Life Sciences Program.



For more details about the Wyoming-Eastern Colorado JSHS, please visit: http://www.uwyo.edu/lifescience/jshs/



If you have more questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr. Ken Driese , Associate Director

Life Sciences Program
University of Wyoming
1000 East University Avenue 
Laramie, WY 82071 USA

phone: 307-766-4158


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