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Who attends JSHS

Tennessee high school students (grades 9 – 12) enrolled in a public, private, or home school interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. The Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be March 5- 6, 2020, at the Crowne Plaza, Knoxville. Up to five (5) high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate.

Selection Criteria for the Tennessee Regional JSHS

From the total pool of nominees, a maximum of 100 participants (students and teachers) will be selected to participate in the TJSHS event on March 5 – March 6, 2020.  In selecting participants, preference will be given to students who are submitting research papers for presentation, students submitting research poster presentations 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).