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About TJSHS

The 2021 Annual Junior Science & Humanities Tennessee Regional will be tentatively held on Thursday-Friday, March 4-5, 2021. The location of the 2021 event is to be determined. More details will be released and posted on this website once they become available.

For a look at the 2020 event, which was held in March 2020 at the Crown Plaza Knoxville and University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus, please see the 2020 program by clicking here.

What is the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium?

The TJSHS is a regional affiliate of the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. The JSHS is administered through the National Science Teaching Association 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 8,000 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 TJSHS sponsors the attendance and participation of selected statewide high school science students (grades 9–12). The funding covers food, lodging, and event space for students and their teacher mentors for the entirety of the event. Family, friends, and siblings are welcome to attend the public research presentations for free, but lodging and food will not be provided to non-students and non-teachers.