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How to Register

Before you begin your research and the following steps to register for the TJSHS, please read through the TJSHS Rules manual thoroughly. In this manual you will find information on paper formatting, rules on research, and suggestions for preparing your presentation. If you have additional questions about TJSHS rules, please email

Students in grades 9-12 select an area of research. Choose from the following options. Environmental Science, Life Science, Medicine and Health/Behavioral Science, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular/Cellular, Engineering and Technology, Math and Computer Sciences/Computer Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Chemistry.

All students who wish to present a research project as a poster presenter must submit an electronic version of their abstract only and Statement of Outside Assistance. Students who apply to present in the oral session and whose research submission is not accepted for oral presentation but completed a full research paper and it meets all paper format guidelines will automatically be invited to present in the poster session.

Students must adhere to guidelines in order to qualify for scholarship money. Learn more about abstracts and written research paper guidelines here.

Student, teacher, and mentor complete the Statement of Outside Assistance Form. Students are encouraged to obtain assistance from teachers, mentors, parents, or other students in their research projects. This form 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.

Student, teacher, and mentor complete the Project Information Form. This form asks questions regarding how, why, when, and who you worked with on the project.

Register your project online here.

Upload and submit the written research paper, abstract, Statement of Outside Interest Form, and Project Information Form to CVENT. Registration on CVENT opens December 1, 2019.

All forms must be submitted no later than January 22, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. The 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 February, 2020.

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 February, 2020, 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.

All selected students, teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers complete registration to attend the Tennessee Regional JSHS no later than February 17, 2020.

Keep in mind these notes as you complete the steps above:

  1. Original Research. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.