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.

2017 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 6-7, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City, 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 54th Annual National Symposium.
  • The Academy of Applied Science 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 2017 National Symposium.

The 55th National JSHS will be April 26-29, 2017 in San Diego!

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.

How to Prepare

Office Hour Webinar: Dr. Flynn will be available Dec 14, from 3:30-4:30pm to answer any questions you might have as you prepare to submit a research paper. We'll have access to the Iowa Research Handbook as well as the Judging rubrik so students can see exactly how they will be evaluated. To join the webinar just click on the link and follow the instructions for launching zoom meeting.

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.

View our webinar on statistical methods using Excel.

View our webinar on effective presentations.

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