The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program promotes and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement in original research and experimentation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals, JSHS aims to widen the pool of students prepared to conduct research vital to our nation.

2019 Competition

Iowa high school students interested in STEM studies can participate, either as a presenter or as a student delegate in the Iowa Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held March 4-5 2019 at the Marriot Hotel in Coralville, Iowa.

State awards:

  • The top five finalists at the Iowa Regional JSHS will be awarded academic scholarships and will be invited to attend an expense-paid trip to the 57th Annual National Symposium.
  • The National Science Teachers Association will distribute $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place at the Iowa Regional Symposium.
  • The University of Iowa will award $750 scholarships to each of the five Iowa finalists.
  • The top five presenters at the Iowa Regional Symposium will be invited to compete at the National Symposium.

The 57th National JSHS will be April 24-28, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM.

National awards:

  • Seven $12,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 1st place finalists in the research paper competition.
  • Seven $8,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 2nd place finalists in the research paper competition.
  • Seven $4,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 3rd place finalists in the research paper competition.

Submit your 2019 symposium registration

The research paper submission deadline was Jan 14, 2019.

How much does it cost to attend the Iowa Regional JSHS?

Thanks to our generous sponsors (National Science Teachers Association, U.S. Department of the Army, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Division of Continuing Education at The University of Iowa) accepted presenters participate for free. The first five (5) students in attendance from each district attend free of charge, including overnight lodging and some meals, while the fee for each student beyond the first five comes to just $25. All students are responsible for purchasing their other meals. Payment and the completed registration form must be submitted by Monday, February 4, 2019.

How to Prepare

Iowa Research Handbook. Introducing the IA JSHS Handbook to explain the program and give basic guidelines to teachers and students. The material for the book is drawn from several sources - the most compelling is the feedback the judges gave on the student papers last year. We went through and tried to give specific guidance to teachers and students. The Handbook is a work in progress and will edited and added to on a frequent basis.

The book, STEM Student Research Handbook (Harland, 2011) is also helpful for beginning researchers.

Iowa JSHS will follow National JSHS rules. Information on guidelines and successful strategies may be found at http://www.jshs.org/guidelines.html.

Additional Information and Forms

The JSHS Symposia are sponsored by