Previously hosted by Arizona State University, SARSEF has been named as the new host of the Arizona Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Welcome to the Arizona Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) Program hosted by Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF).

2021 JSHS Winners

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) Program is a competition promoting original research and experimentation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement.

Each year, 4,500 students participate in 48 regional symposia to qualify for the national symposium. JSHS awards $408,000 in undergraduate tuition scholarships annually to regional and national student finalists.

JSHS is one of the nation’s longest-running STEM competitions. It is a collaborative effort between the research arm of the Department of Defense (DoD) and nationwide academic research institutions and is administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA).

The 2020 Arizona JSHS competition took place in February. Pictured here, semi-finalists prepare to compete in the final round.

The 2021 Arizona Regional JSHS will occur virtually March 19 – 20, 2021.

Students may attend Arizona’s regional JSHS as presenters or observers. The symposium is a two-day conference, with qualifying students presenting their research to a panel of judges and symposium attendees in a 12-minute presentation. Judges ask clarifying questions and score the students on presentation skills as well as the quality of their science and engineering research. The top students from the preliminary round then proceed to the final round of presentations.

Five students will be selected at Arizona JSHS to attend National JSHS, where Arizona’s first and second-place winners will compete for top prizes, and the third through fifth-place winners will present their research in a poster session.

For more information about how students can participate in the 2021 Arizona JSHS competition, contact SARSEF’s Director of Research, Margaret Wilch, Ph.D., at margaret@sarsef.org.


Application Information

AZ JSHS Abstract

SARSEF AZ JSHS Handbook for Writing and Presenting Research

Statement of Outside Assistant

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