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Policies

Participation

  • Eligibility
    In accordance with national JSHS policies, only high school students (grades 9–12) enrolled in a public, private, or home school in Tennessee are eligible to participate in the TJSHS.
  • Nomination
    Funding for the 2017 TJSHS is available for 100 participants; this number includes students and their teacher mentors. Therefore, each high school may nominate no more than three students to participate in the symposium and only one teacher mentor from each high school. Schools having more than three talented students eligible for nomination are expected to conduct their own internal screening to select the three student nominees to be submitted to represent their school.

    • Student nominees must be responsible and sufficiently mature to handle the independence of being away from home and able to behave in a manner that will not be a distraction from the program.
    • Every student, whether a presenting or nonpresenting participant, MUST be accompanied by a teacher who has been approved by the school principal. If a student’s teacher mentor cannot attend the TJSHS, another teacher from the student’s school who is approved by the student’s school principal may accompany the student. The TJSHS offers professional enrichment for teacher participants who accompany students to TJSHS and is, therefore, a good investment of teacher time.
    • In the case of home-schooled nominees where the parent is the teacher of record or de facto teacher, the parent may accompany the student nominee as teacher mentor.
  • Selection Criteria and Process
    From the total pool of nominees, a maximum of 100 participants (students and teachers) will be selected to participate in the TJSHS event on Feb 23-24, 2017.  In selecting participants, preference will be given to students who are submitting research papers for presentation and their teacher mentors.

    • The primary criterion for selecting participants submitting research papers is academic merit and the quality of the student’s research. In the context of this primary criterion, consideration will be given as well to our goals of achieving statewide representation and diversity, including candidates from both rural and urban schools as well as underrepresented groups.
    • Any remaining spaces will be filled by non-presenting student nominees who are not submitting research papers, but are academically focused, serious-minded students with a keen interest in a career in science, who have not yet performed independent research (and their teacher mentors).
  • Notification of Nomination Status/Invitations to Attend
    Students and teachers who have submitted nominations will be notified of their status by January 30, 2017. Nominees selected to attend as well as nominees not selected to attend will receive notification.
  • Expectations of Student Participants
    The TJSHS is a scholarly program with both academic and co-curricular components which afford opportunities for student interaction and learning from one another. Students selected to attend the TJSHS on February 23-24, 2017 are expected to be full participants in all symposium activities as both beneficiaries of and contributors to this enrichment experience for high school students. A complete schedule of events will be posted on the website in February 2017.
  • Family members and guests
    The TJSHS is planned and funded for student and teacher participants and we are unable to accommodate family members and guests for any TJSHS events. Space reservations and food accommodations have been planned to include only the student and teacher participants and essential program personnel; therefore, only registered participants with a badge will be admitted.

Financial Support

  • The TJSHS will provide lodging and meals during the conference for no more than three students and one teacher mentor/chaperone from each high school selected to attend. In addition, the TJSHS will provide round trip mileage reimbursement from the school to Knoxville, Tennessee, for one vehicle for each school selected to attend. Unfortunately, our budget cannot support reimbursement for airfare.
  • Limited funds are available for substitutes to cover the classrooms of teacher mentor teacher/chaperones selected to attend TJSHS and are not guaranteed.  Requests for substitute teacher support must be made at the time the mentoring teacher/chaperone’s application is submitted. Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-considered basis until funds are exhausted.  Invoices for substitute teachers from the school or school system should be sent to Dianna Beeler, Accounting Coordinator at the University of TN, Religious Studies Dept., 501 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN  37996-0450.
  • In accordance with the terms of our grant funding and fiscal policy, we require that claims for reimbursement of round trip mileage to attend the TJSHS 2017 event and reimbursement for substitute teachers (if applicable) be submitted for payment to the TJSHS office within six weeks of the end of the program. For the 2017 program, reimbursement requests must be submitted no later than April 7, 2017; reimbursement requests received after this date will not be paid.

Student Research Projects

  • While literary review or library research is a part of the research process, secondary research alone is not appropriate for the TJSHS. The written and oral reports should present the results of original research carried out by the student.
  • Students are encouraged to obtain assistance from teachers, mentors, parents, or other students in their research projects. In the case of all papers and projects submitted, the student and mentor are required to complete a Project Information Form that describes the student’s specific participation in mentored projects. It is expected that the student’s project emerged from ideas and experiments in which the student was actively involved in formulating.
  • All students wishing to present their research must prepare an abstract and a written research paper strictly according to the guidelines outlined on this site in order to compete for scholarship money. The research paper, the abstract, and the Project Information Form must accompany the student nomination form and be received in the TJSHS office no later than January 13, 2017 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This deadline will be strictly observed to allow the judging panel sufficient time to review all papers submitted and to be able to inform students of the status of their papers by January 30, 2017.
  • After all research papers are reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of UT Knoxville faculty researchers, selected students will be contacted no later than January 30, 2017 with an invitation to present their work through either an oral presentation or poster presentation at the TJSHS. Students must follow the guidelines for the oral and poster presentation formats, outlined in the Preparation section.
    • Mentor-Sponsored Research Projects
      If research was conducted with a research laboratory mentor, the Project Information Form MUST be co-signed by the laboratory mentor. Papers without a completed Project Information Form will be returned without further evaluation.
    • Continuing Projects
      Some student research projects are the culmination of more than one year of work (as is the case with many science projects). If this is the case, the student’s paper should focus on the current year’s work. In the case of continuing projects (i.e., projects that were part of the TJSHS competition from a previous year), the student is advised to present in clear detail how the project has been advanced during the current year. Data and results from previous related research may be included, but the year(s) during which data were collected must be clearly indicated. Continuing research should document a significant expansion of the project.
    • Team Projects
      If students are part of a larger group project that cannot be divided into individual projects, one student will need to be selected by the group to be the team representative and presenter. The research paper should properly acknowledge the contributions of the presenter and each student member of the team, as well as the group’s mentors and/or teachers. In the case of team projects only one person is selected to present the work and this person alone is eligible for a scholarship.

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