JSHS is funded by the Army, Navy and Air Force of the United States of America in order to encourage high school students, grades 9 to 12, to enter college level studies in science and engineering. The students involved come from 48 regions from all parts of the United States, territories, and overseas military base high schools. The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium has been sponsored by the United States Department of the Army since its inception in 1958. The contest has also been sponsored by the Departments of the Navy and the Air Force since 1995 and 1996, respectively. Resulting from the sponsorship and the cooperative efforts of universities throughout the nation, JSHS annually reaches over 10,000 high school students and teachers at regional and national symposia. The Academy of Applied Science, a nonprofit organization in Concord, New Hampshire, administers the national JSHS program in cooperation with universities and other educational institutions. For additional information, please visit http://www.jshs.org
The primary objectives of JSHS are: 1) to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering and mathematics at the high school level, 2) to publicly recognize students for their outstanding achievements, and 3) to provide scholarships to help outstanding students pursue their undergraduate education. At the Symposium, students will have the chance to meet like-minded, dedicated and enthusiastic students from other schools, to learn about future careers in science and engineering, and to be inspired by other students’ research and ideas.
The JSHS gives high school students the opportunity to present their scientific research work in front of an audience in much the same way as they would at a professional science meeting. With only slides, overhead, Power Point or backboard they let the audience know what they have done in their chosen research area.
There will be only one presentation session (no concurrent sessions) and the number of presenters will be limited according to the number of Finalists that are selected from our pool of applicants. Submitted papers will be evaluated and the Finalists (presenters) chosen from among them.
Rooms - Lodging is available, and participants and their families/teachers/mentors can request lodging for Thursday and/or Friday nights. As resources permit, lodging may be provided for student speakers, chaperones (teachers, parents, etc.), and guest student observers.
Meals - Lunch and Dinner on Friday will be provided for student speakers, chaperones (teachers, parents, etc.), and guest student observers. Breakfast is provided in the mornings for all guests of the hotel, so attendees that receive lodging will also receive breakfast the following morning.
*To be accepted: The student must submit a paper describing the science project the student wishes to present by Sunday, March 5, 2017.
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 (each person is responsible for their own transportation to and from the event, and transportation costs cannot be reimbursed). To facilitate participation by students from all our state, lodging can also be provided for Thursday and Friday evenings.
Please email your abstract and research paper as a single PDF file to Jonathan.Prather@uwyo.edu with "JSHS 2017 Application" in the subject line prior to the end of Sunday March 5.
We are currently working with the National JSHS organization to register all of our symposium participants online. That process has taken longer than expected, so please consider your submission of materials (research paper and abstract) by email as your temporary registration. We will use that information to note your intention to attend and compete in the symposium. We will be in touch again to ask you and all participants (students, teachers, mentors) to enter your formal registration information into the website once that interface is completed. There is no registration fee now or later.
To participate in the competitive portion of our program, students must have conducted STEM-related research and have collected results and interpreted the findings that emerged from their work. Students intending to apply must submit applications by Sunday, March 5, 2017. Applications should be submitted by email to Jonathan.Prather@uwyo.edu with “JSHS 2017 Application” in the subject line. Applications should consist of a single, consolidated PDF file containing each of the following sections for each participant:
1. An abstract of 200 words or less giving an overview of the research
No pictures, charts, graphs or attachments may accompany the abstract. Immediately preceding the body of the abstract, the text must also include:
a. Title of the research
b. Name(s) of the author(s)
c. High school, high school city, high school state
d. Name of teacher/mentor/sponsor. Please include a subheading that identifies the role (e.g., Teacher: Joe Smith)
Please note that words in the title and other information (points a through d above) do not count against the 200 word limit.
2, A full research paper detailing your findings and/or the ongoing and future directions of your research.
Each applicant may tailor the format of this paper to meet their individual needs, but a recommended format is provided in the information below.
Based on those research papers, our panel of judges will select up to 15 of the top students as Finalists to give oral presentations of their work at our Symposium in March. If space and resources permit, the judges may also select additional students as Poster Finalists to give poster presentations of their work at our symposium. 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. All applicants will be notified of their status on or before March 10, 2017.
March 5 Student abstracts and research papers are due
March 10 All applicants will be notified of their status (e.g., Finalist) by email on or before this day.
March 15 Student/Teacher/Parent online registration for the symposium is due (this will be done through the online registration site that is presently still a work in progress. Competitors will be notified by email once that registration website is complete.
March 15 Parent/Guardian permission forms are due (this will also be done through the online registration site)
March 24 Regional Symposium will be held at the Hampton Inn in Laramie, Wyoming (3715 Grand Avenue, Laramie, WY 82070). Events begin at 9 AM.
For the symposium itself on Friday, March 24, 2017, please plan to arrive at the Hampton Inn in Laramie, WY by 8:30 AM on that day. Registration will begin at 8:30 and the competition will begin at 9:00 AM. The event will conclude no later than 8:00 PM on that day. Lunch and dinner will be provided for all participants. To facilitate participation by students from all across our state, lodging for invited students and teachers/parents/chaperones can be provided for Thursday and Friday evenings. If you would like to apply for lodging support, please indicate that clearly on your application. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event.
On the day of the symposium, all student researchers, observers and sponsoring teachers will be expected to participate in the day’s events, including presentations by student competitors, discussions in college and career focus groups, a presentation by a keynote speaker, and an evening ceremony to announce the winners and recognize the outstanding achievements of all of our students.
Students who participate in the oral presentations at our regional symposium will be competing for:
1. Three scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 each
2. Three expenses-paid trips to the National JSHS Symposium to be held in San Diego, CA on April 26-30, 2017. Students selected for those opportunities to attend the National Symposium will be entered into the National Competition for up to $16,000 in scholarship assistance.
Regional winners will be announced on the day of the Symposium. Regional winners will be invited to compete in the National Symposium to be held April 26-30, 2017 in San Diego, CA.
In the event of bad weather, poor travel conditions or other need to cancel the regional competition on March 24, 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).
HOW DO I WRITE AN ABSTRACT?
Abstracts are primary means by which scientists decide which research reports to read. The abstract is a very brief overview of your entire research project. The abstract tells the reader what you did, why you did it, what you found, and what those data mean. The sequence of sentences is ordered in a logical fashion, beginning with an introduction that includes your hypothesis and proceeding to your test. Distill the most important items of your research project and leave out unimportant or distracting details. As a first draft, write one or two sentences that summarize each section. For your final draft, make sure the abstract flows logically. It can be helpful to read it out loud to yourself and to give it to a friend, teacher, parent, mentor, etc. to read. Ask them to tell you what they think you actually did and what you found. See if they can tell your story based on what they read. Revise as necessary based on the helpful comments that you receive.
HOW DO I WRITE MY RESEARCH PAPER?
Your paper should describe all aspects of your research project, and it should be easily understood by a person who is interested in your work but has little or no expertise in your field of study.
CONTENT AND ORGANIZATION
We suggest organizing the paper as follows:
ABSTRACT - your abstract should be submitted on its own sheet of paper (details are provided above), but it is useful to compare the content of your abstract with the content of your paper to ensure that the abstract serves as a complete and concise distillation of the entire paper.
INTRODUCTION – this should provide a clear and concise statement of the purpose or objective of your research project. It should provide sufficient description so that your reader can easily understand the background and significance of your project.
MATERIALS AND METHODS – you should describe your approach, including both the conceptual framework of your project and the methods that you use, with sufficient detail to permit your reader to understand how you obtained your results.
RESULTS – you should state your findings truthfully, clearly and concisely. This section should state only what you observed (facts and data), with analysis of the results saved until the next section.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS – you should summarize what your findings revealed. This is different than the results section. The results section is about what you found. The discussion is about why that matters. Your reader should be able to easily understand what you deduce from your findings and how that relates to the framework of significance that you laid out in your introduction.
RELATED WORK – if it is appropriate, a student may wish to describe work done by other researchers on similar problems topics. For example, if you and a friend investigated to different aspects of a similar problem, then you could describe not only your findings in each project individually but also how your projects are interrelated and mutually beneficial. If you have no related work, please leave this section blank.
FUTURE WORK – in this section you can describe your plans and recommendations for future research. If you are planning to personally pursue additional steps in your project, please indicate that here and describe what those steps will be. If you are not planning to pursue your project further, please also indicate that an describe what steps you would recommend to someone who was taking over your project and continuing it.
LITERATURE CITED - we suggest using in-line citations (e.g., brackets or superscripts) throughout the paper (e.g., “researchers have found that X is true (3)” or “researchers have found that X is true3”. The numbers included in the main text of your paper should match with numbered references to literature that is cited in this final section (primary research papers or books, with no references to websites such as Wikipedia). The goal of this section is to give proper credit to researchers that a come before you. It is important to cite any specific claim that you make (e.g., “substance X has been found to impede the growth of cancer cells (Smith et al. 2012)”), but it is not necessary to cite general claims (e.g., “people are often excited to learn about new scientific discoveries”).
This method of organizing a paper is flexible and can be tailored to the needs of each individual, but we recommend that you follow it if the nature of your research permits it. Please keep in mind your audience and their needs in order to understand the nature of your project. Your central goal of this paper should be to communicate the importance of your project, what you found, and why that matters using clear language and following a logical progression from one idea to the next.
FORMATTING YOUR TEXT
All papers must be double spaced and printed in 12 point font (either Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri) on standard letter-sized paper (8.5” x 11”) with one-inch margins all around. The paper should be a maximum of 20 pages in length, including all portions such as figures, appendices, literature cited etc. The first page of the paper should be a title page containing the title of your paper, your name, the names of any partners or mentors in the project, and the name of your high school (or school district for authors that are educated at home). Use your paper’s title as a header on all pages. Do not put your name on those pages. It is advisable but not required that you include page numbers at the bottom center of each page after the title page. When you submit your paper electronically (Jonathan.Prather@uwyo.edu), be sure that the manuscript is formatted as either a Word document or a PDF.
HOW SHOULD I INCLUDE FIGURES OR ILLUSTRATIONS?
All artwork and illustrations must be neat, easily legible, of very high quality and clearly and concisely explained in an accompanying figure legend. Any materials taken from a prior publication should be cited in the accompanying figure legend (e.g., “adapted from Figure 3 in Smith et al. 2016”). Figures should be incorporated into the text as attractively and unobtrusively as possible. Figures should be cited using a parenthetical reference in the main body of the text (e.g., “we found a positive correlation between plant growth and ambient temperature (Figure 4).” A good practice is to include the figure very near to the point where it is first cited in the paper.
If you have questions or need additional information: Please contact Dr. Jonathan Prather, JSHS Regional Director, Jonathan.Prather@uwyo.edu.
Top five presenters: TBA
Registration begins: TBA
*Awards from the Regional competition include scholarship money and trips to the National Symposium where participants compete for additional scholarship money.