Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)


Department of Defense (DoD) and administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)


The STEM Showdown of the Year

Every year, high school students from across the nation gear up for one of the most prestigious STEM competitions: The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). But this isn't your average science fair. Oh no, it's the Super Bowl of STEM for young minds.

A Brief About the Competition

The JSHS is a Department of Defense-sponsored event, administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). It's not just about flaunting your science project. It's about original research, innovation, and the future of STEM. And let's not forget the scholarships and recognition that come with it.

Key Information

  • When and Where? The 61st National JSHS took place from April 12-15, 2023, in the sunny Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Who Attended? A whopping 245 high school students, who qualified by presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposia held at universities nationwide. And that's not all. About 130 high school teachers, mentors, university faculty, military personnel, and other bigwigs also graced the event.

Challenge Focus, Goal, and Topic

The JSHS is all about promoting original research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level. It's about pushing boundaries, questioning the status quo, and coming up with solutions that might just change the world.

Prizes and Recognition

Now, let's talk moolah and fame. All regional symposia student finalists get to present their research at the national JSHS. The top two regional delegates battle it out in the oral session for military-sponsored undergraduate tuition scholarships. As for the rest, they showcase their research in the poster session, competing for cold, hard cash.

How Does the Challenge Work?

Students participate in interactive activities, engage with Department of Defense researchers, and get a taste of cutting-edge research and technologies. The highlight? Student research presentations that showcase the STEM achievements of outstanding students from the US, Puerto Rico, and even the Department of Defense dependents schools of Europe and the Pacific.

Who Can Participate?

High school students with a knack for STEM, a curious mind, and a groundbreaking research project. If you've got the brains and the passion, JSHS is your stage.

Introduction of the Organizing Company

The JSHS is backed by the big guns: The Department of Defense and administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). These folks are committed to mentoring, providing scholarships, and paving career pathways for young minds in STEM.

In Conclusion

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium isn't just a competition; it's a movement. It's about fostering the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators. So, if you're a high school student with a passion for STEM, start prepping for the next JSHS. Who knows? You might just be the next big thing in the world of science and technology.

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