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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium?

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a national program that promotes and fosters research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at the high school level. There are forty-eight regional symposia serving high school students throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Schools of Europe and the Pacific Rim. A distinguishing feature of the JSHS program is the opportunity given to young high school scientists to present original scientific research in a public forum. The JSHS program is jointly sponsored by the research offices of the United States Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force in cooperation with leading research universities throughout the nation. The Department of Defense generously provides funding for the national JSHS and the JSHS scholarships. The JSHS program is administered through the Academy of Applied Science and endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The JSHS regional and national programs are held during the academic year and reach more than 10,000 high school students and teachers annually.

What is the difference between the national JSHS and the Tennessee JSHS?

The Tennessee JSHS, one of forty-eight regional JSHS programs, is administered by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is based in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences, other supporters include College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, the College of Engineering, UT-ORNL Science Alliance, and UT-Battelle, manager of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory through contract with the Department of Energy. Students must compete in a regional JSHS in order to become eligible for the national JSHS.

When is the TJSHS and what does it include?

The next annual Tennessee JSHS will be held Feb 26–27, 2015 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Students selected to participate will be given the opportunity to present original research in written and oral form to a panel of UT Knoxville faculty scientists who will serve as judges. All participants will also have an opportunity to visit research laboratories at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and select laboratories at UT, to learn about cutting-edge research from professional scientists.

Who is eligible to participate and how does one apply?

See A. Participation, Sections 1-6

Does it cost anything to participate in the TJSHS?

See B. Financial Support, Sections 1-3

What awards are given at the TJSHS?

Students with the top research papers and abstracts will be asked to present their research orally in front of a panel of judges and their peers at the TJSHS. Only the students who are invited to give oral presentations will compete for the first-, second-, and third-place scholarships.

A total of $4,500 in undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded at $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000, will be presented to the top three finalists at the TJSHS. The scholarships can be used at any school of the student’s choice and will be payable upon matriculation. Only US citizens and permanent residents of the US and its territories are eligible to receive the scholarship awards.

The top five student presenters will receive an all expense-paid trip to attend and compete at the national JSHS, where the top two TJSHS winners will be able to compete in the national competition for additional scholarships.

Students who are not chosen to present their research orally will still have the opportunity to present their research in a poster presentation to their peers and the UT faculty judges. The student with the best poster will receive an honorable mention.

In addition to student awards, the TJSHS will recognize one teacher for his or her contributions to the teaching and promotion of scientific research to high school students. This teacher will be recognized at the TJSHS with a $500 award sponsored by the Academy of Applied Science.

What awards are given at the national JSHS?

The top two finalists from the regional TJSHS become eligible to compete for the following national JSHS scholarships, which are given to support the study of the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics at a college of the awardees’ choice:

  • Six $16,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships awarded to each of the first-place finalists in the national research paper competition
  • Six $6,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships awarded to each of the second-place finalists in the national research paper competition
  • Six $2,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships awarded to each of the third-place finalists in the national research paper competition
  • An expense-paid trip to the London International Youth Science Forum, an exchange program bringing together more than 400 participants from sixty nations. The London trip is awarded to each of the first-place finalists; the runners-up, are alternate winners.

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