The TJSHS is a regional affiliate of the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. The JSHS is administered through the Academy of Applied Science in cooperation with leading research universities throughout the nation to promote and foster research and experimentation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at the high school level. The JSHS is jointly sponsored by the research offices of the US Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force with the aim of advancing the nation’s scientific and technological progress by challenging and engaging students in the STEM disciplines.
The JSHS gives high school students a chance to present original scientific research in a public forum and compete for scholarships, while providing participants opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, and research lab visits. Every year, more than 10,000 students from high schools throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Schools of Europe and the Pacific Rim, participate in a regional JSHS symposium. The Tennessee JSHS is one of forty-eight regional JSHS programs and has been held at the University of Tennessee since 1965.
The Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is administered by the University of Tennessee and is based in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences, other supporting sponsors include the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, the College of Engineering, UT-ORNL Science Alliance, and UT-Battelle, the management contractor of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on behalf of the US Department of Energy.
The TJSHS sponsors the attendance and participation of selected statewide high school science students (grades 9–12). Basic funding for the TJSHS is provided by a grant from the Academy of Applied Science with supplementary funding provided by supporting sponsors.
- PROMOTE research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level.
- RECOGNIZE the significance of research in human affairs and the importance of human and ethical principles in the application of research results.
- SEARCH OUT talented youth and their teachers, recognize their accomplishments at symposia, and encourage their continued interest and participation in the STEM disciplines.
- EXPAND the horizons of research-oriented students by exposing them to opportunities in the academic, industrial, and governmental communities.
- INCREASE the number of adults capable of conducting research and development.
- PROVIDE opportunities for outstanding student researchers to present their findings orally to interested students and adults.