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Previous TJSHS Events

The 2022 Annual Junior Science & Humanities Tennessee Regional was held last year on Thursday-Friday, March 10-11, 2022. The 2022 event was hosted at the University of Tennessee. For a closer look at the 2022 event, click here to see the 2022 program.

The 2021 Annual Junior Science & Humanities Tennessee Regional was held last year on Thursday-Friday, March 4-5, 2021. The 2021 event was hosted online via a virtual platform. For a closer look at the 2021 event, click here to see the 2021 program.

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.

See below the previous competition details!

The 2022 Tennessee Junior Science & Humanities Symposium Application is now open!  Click HERE to apply!

To apply for the 2022 Tennessee Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, please review the steps below.

Guests, such as teachers, parents, STEM professionals, etc., will be asked to register here once 2022 registration opens.

Participants must submit their materials by February 12, 2022.

Important Notes

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.

1) Review TJSHS rules

Before you begin your research and the following steps to apply for the TJSHS, please read through the TJSHS Rules of Competition thoroughly. In this manual you will find information on paper formatting, rules on research, and suggestions for preparing your presentation.

2) Select an area of research

Students in grades 9-12 select an area of research. Choose from the following eight options:

  • Environmental Science
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Medicine & Health / Behavioral Sciences
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry

Read more about areas of research in the TJSHS Rules of Competition on pages 2-3.

3) Prepare an abstract and written research paper

Oral Presenters

Must submit an abstract, research paper, project information form, and statement of outside assistance.

Poster Presenters

Only required to submit an abstract, project information form, and statement of outside assistance.

Note: Students who apply to present in the oral session, and whose research submission is not accepted for oral presentation, will be considered for an invitation 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.

4) Complete the Statement of Outside Assistance Form

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.

5) Complete the Project Information Form

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

6) Upload and submit documents online

Apply to the TJSHS via the registration platform CVENT.

Upload and submit the written research paper, abstract, Statement of Outside Assistance Form, and Project Information Form to CVENT. The deadline to submit documents for the 2022 event is February 12, 2022.

Students will be informed of the status of their papers in Feb 2022.

7) Research papers reviewed and students selected

After all research papers are reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of University of Tennessee, Knoxville faculty researchers, selected students will be contacted no later than February 2022 with an invitation to present their work through either an oral presentation or poster presentation at the 2022 Tennessee Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.

8) Confirmation of attendance and registration

All selected students, teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers will be asked to register in advance in order to attend the Tennessee Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. The deadline to confirm your attendance will be about 2 weeks in advance of the event itself.

Click here to view the full 2022 TJSHS Pre-College Program

Below is a schedule for the 2022 Tennessee Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. All activities and events below will be hosted on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Please note: all times listed below are Eastern Standard Time.

Thursday, March 10

All times EST
Time Activity
8:00 – 9:00 AM Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 AM Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:30 – 11:30 AM Oral Presentation Session 1
11:30 AM – 11:40 AM Break
11:40 AM – 12:40 PM Oral Presentation Session 2
12:45 – 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 – 3:45 PM Oral Presentations 3
3:45 – 4:00 PM Break
4:00 – 5:00 PM Oral Presentations 4
5:00 – 6:00 PM Dinner
6:00 – 7:00 PM Trivia Games

Friday, March 11

All times EST
Time Activity
8:30 – 9:30 AM  Breakfast
9:30 – 11:30 AM  Poster Session
11:30 – 1:00 PM  Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 PM  Herbert College of Agriculture
3:00 – 4:00 PM  UT Departmental Speakers
4:00 – 5:00 PM  UT Departmental Browse Sessions
5:00 – 6:30 PM  Dinner
6:30 – 7:30 PM 2022 TJSHS Awards Ceremony

Poster Presentations

 1st place:

Elliana Nath, Central Magnet School

Medical Marijuana to Alleviate Symptoms of PTSD

Medicine & Health Behavioral Sciences

2nd place:

Rijul Tandon, Ravenwood High School

In Silico study of antifungal Phytochemicals against Covid-19 Associated


Oral Presentations

1st place:

Benjamin Yang, McCallie School

Inflammatory Impact of Microplastics on Human Lung Cells

Life Sciences

2nd place:

Eyrin Kim, Farragut High School

Planning Equitable Accessibility to Dialysis Care: A Case Study of Hurricane Ida

Medicine & Health/ Behavioral Sciences

3rd place: 

Abhirup Chanda, University School

Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense) Seedling Responses in Microgravity Simulated by Clinotat-Plant Research in Space

Environmental Science

December 1, 2021

Registration opens!

February 5, 2022

Deadline for students to submit abstract, research paper, statement of outside assistance, and project information form for evaluation. Learn the full application process here.

February 2022

Selected students are contacted with notification of their status (oral presenter, poster presenter, selected, not selected, etc.)

February 17, 2022

Confirmation of attendance and registration deadline. All students, teachers, guests, and STEM professionals/volunteers complete registration to attend the Tennessee Regional JSHS by registering online via CVENT.

March 10-11, 2022

The 2022 Tennessee Junior Science & Humanities Symposium occurs on campus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

April 20-23, 2022 – Albuquerque, New Mexico

The National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium will be hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The top three oral presenters and top two poster presenters at the Tennessee regional JSHS will receive an invitation to attend and compete at the National JSHS.

Congratulations to the 2021 TJSHS scholars competing in the oral presentation and poster presentation competitions on March 4-5, 2021!

First Name Project Name School Name County Competition
Akhilsai Data Informatics Approach for Managing Water Crisis During Pandemic Situations East Hamilton High School Hamilton Poster
Astha Experimenting with Nanotechnology Girls Preparatory School Hamilton Oral
Charles Effects of diammonium phosphate on Saccharomyces cerevisiae Growth and Metabolism Hillsboro High School Davidson Oral
Cheryl Bioinformatic Analysis Predicts Novel Tissue-Specific Enrichment of Nucleoporin Gene Regulators Hume-Fogg Academic High School Davidson Oral
Daniel Using Data Science to Explore Historical Trends and Predict Future Rates of COVID-19 Oak Ridge High School Anderson Poster
Eyrin Analyzing Disparities of Eviction During the COVID-19 Pandemic Through Spatial Statistical Analysis Farragut High School Knox Oral
Grace Assessing Stream Health as it Pertains to Plethodontid Salamanders at Several Sites within the Cherokee National Forest Cleveland High School Bradley Oral
Holden Density-Dependent Effects of Lonciera maackii Allelopathy Hillsboro High School Davidson Oral
Junyi Automatic Music Generation Based on Deep Learning Algorithm McCallie School Hamilton Oral
Kurt The Development of an Improved Wireless Energy Transmission System and Adapter Hillsboro High School Davidson Poster
Noah Masking The Problem: Examination and Analysis of Currently Available Facial Masks and Re-Designed Improvement to Help Prevent Respiratory Exacerbations McMinn County High School McMinn Oral
Raymond The Relationship Between Tropical Cyclone Translation Speeds and Aerosol Concentration Farragut High School Knox Oral
Ridhima Understanding the Impact of Landscape Patterns on the Urban Heat Island (UHI) Intensity Farragut High School Knox Oral
Rishi Developing a Fish Image Classification System for Mouse Creek, Cleveland, TN using Machine Learning Cleveland High School Bradley Oral
Saksham Omnidetector: Universal Screening Test for Cancer, Stroke from Atrial Fibrillation, and COVID Thrombophilia Houston High School Shelby Oral
Skyler The Classification of Crayfish in Mouse Creek, Cleveland, TN in Oct. 2020 Cleveland High School Bradley Oral
Vivian The Potential of Different Rice Varieties as a Natural Water-Resistant Adhesive Hamilton County Collegiate High School Hamilton Oral