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Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium: Wednesday, March 30, 2016


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 Maryland JSHS.


What is the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia?

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a national research symposium designed to challenge and engage students (grades 9–12) in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). High school students present the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers at regional symposia.

Who attends the Maryland Regional JSHS?

Maryland high school students who apply and are selected for this event can participate either as a presenter or as a student delegate. 
A portion of invited students will attend as either an oral or poster presenter, while another group of students will be able to participate as a student delegate.  The Maryland Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. The top three regional scholarship finalists at the Maryland Regional JSHS are awarded academic scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 ($2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third). In addition to receiving scholarships, the top five presenters will be invited to compete at, and will attend the 53rd annual National JSHS, which is scheduled for April 2016.

Who can present at the Maryland Regional JSHS?

Any high school student from the State of Maryland may submit a paper for consideration.

How do I present at the Maryland Regional JSHS?

Step 1: Maryland students in grades 9–12 select a research category:

  1. Environmental Science
  2. Biomedical Sciences
  3. Life Sciences
  4. Medicine & Health/Behavioral Sciences
  5. Engineering and Technology
  6. Math and Computer Science, Computer Engineering
  7. Physical Sciences-including Physics Astronomy, Internet of Things
  8. Chemistry, including physical chemistry, materials science, alternative fuels, geochemistry

Step 2: Students conduct original research.

Step 3: By January 22, 2016, students submit for evaluation a paper about their original research.  Subsequent applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Friday, February 12, 2016.  These papers should follow appropriate research paper formatting. (Please visit for details on the paper submission.  Note that while the maximum number of pages for the National JSHS is 20, the maximum number of pages for the Maryland JSHS is 10.) The paper will be part of the overall student application.

Step 4: Top student research papers are selected for oral presentations.  Additional students will be invited to provide poster presentations.  Another group of students will be invited to participate as student delegates.

What are the important dates for the 2016 Maryland Regional JSHS?

By January 22, 2016: Students submit completed applications, to include the following:

  • General application (electronic)
  • Demonstrated interest in STEM via resume or personal statement
  • Complete written research paper (including abstract and title page that lists mentor, research site, etc.)

UPDATE #1: The following items are no longer required for the application: Standardized test scores, official high school transcript/report card, teacher nomination/recommendation letter.  

UPDATE #2: Applications submitted after January 22 will be accepted on a rolling basis through Friday, February 12.

On or about Friday, March 4, 2016: Notification for selection of presentations (please note that the notification date has been changed from the originally posted date, which was February 22, 2016).

March 2016 (actual date To Be Determined): Absolute deadline for student presenters, student delegates, teachers, and chaperones to submit their registration forms.  Students will pay a small registration fee.

The guidelines and instructions for student research presenters will be available later this fall by clicking here.

Please click here to apply for to be a presenter at the Maryland Regional JSHS.

What scholarships are awarded to the top presentations?

In addition to the educational opportunity, the Maryland Regional JSHS also serves as a scholarship competition. The Academy of Applied Sciences will distribute $4,500 in academic scholarships: $2,000 for first place; $1,500 for second place; $1,000 for third place. The top five finalists attend an expense-paid trip to National JSHS held from April 27th to 30th 2016 in Dayton, Ohio.

What if my proposal is not accepted?

Students whose research submissions are not accepted for presentation at the 2016 Maryland Regional JSHS but have met all paper format guidelines may be invited to attend the event as student delegates. The number of student delegates will depend on the number of spaces available.

Do students have to present in order to attend JSHS?

No.  However, for a student to attend Maryland JSHS, they will still need to apply by January 22 to make a presentation.  Applicants who apply and submit all required documentation by this date but are not selected for an oral or paper presentation may be selected as student delegates. As delegates, students attend presentations as well as hear the University of Maryland faculty and graduate students present cutting-edge research. Additionally, student delegates and presenters can participate in tours of selected University of Maryland research facilities.

Is this a one-day event?

Yes. However, presenters, student delegates and teachers who travel from a substantially long distance will be able to stay at a hotel local to the University of Maryland campus on the evening of Tuesday, March 29.

How much will it cost to attend Maryland JSHS?

The Maryland JSHS is affiliated with the National JSHS Program which is sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology); Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA; and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, DC, in cooperation with higher education. The National JSHS Program is administered by the Academy of Applied Science, a non-profit educational organization.  This sponsorship allows the Maryland JSHS to bring together student presenters and teachers to recognize and encourage STEM achievement.  Additional student delegates and teachers will only pay a nominal fee for meals and other program activities. Payment and registration form will be due in March of 2016. Invited attendees will receive a separate link to register and submit their payment for this event.

What about teachers and chaperones?

All Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers in Maryland are encouraged to attend and bring students to the Maryland Regional JSHS.   Each student, however, will still need to apply by the January 22, 2016 deadline.  Teachers will be asked to complete a separate form to register themselves. One teacher will be awarded a $500 award for his/her contribution to advancing student participation in research.

What is the symposium’s schedule?

The schedule for the Maryland Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium should be available online by February of 2016.

Dates and Deadlines

January 22, 2016 (priority deadline) Deadline for Maryland high school students to submit applications, including papers on their original research.  Subsequent applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Friday, February 12, 2016.
March 4, 2016 (please note that the notification date has been changed from the original date posted, which was February 22, 2016) Date by which students whom submitted research papers will be informed on the status of their proposal. The portal for submitting all student research proposals and registration forms will be available in early December.
March 30, 2016 Maryland Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
April 27-30th, 2016 54th National JSHS in Dayton, Ohio
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