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Published Wednesday January 17, 2024

Volunteer as a Judge at the Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Yuma

The 2024 Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is coming up soon and we want you to be a part of it! This year’s JSHS will be on February 16th and 17th at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona.

JSHS is a statewide public speaking competition for high school students. Students present original STEM research in a 12-minute oral presentation, followed by six minutes of questions from a panel of judges. They compete in the following categories: Environmental Science, Biomedical Sciences, Life & Behavioral Science, Medicine & Health, Engineering & Technology, Math & Computer Science, Physical Sciences, and Chemistry.

Participants compete for scholarships of $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 with the top five finalists representing Arizona at the National JSHS in Albuquerque, NM. Each finalist will also receive a $1000 scholarship to the University of Arizona. To learn more about the National JSHS, explore

This is a great opportunity for high school students, and even better, we are looking for people like you to support these students by joining us as a judge!

A one-hour virtual training session will be provided before the event itself. Judges attend in-person from 7:30am – 1:00pm on Saturday, February 17th. Judges will identify finalists from their category to move on to the finalist round. Lunch is provided.

“Judging for JSHS is a truly fulfilling experience. Learning about the incredible work young people are engaging in gives me so much hope for the future. Their excitement as they demonstrate their abilities and showcase their work is palpable in the room and becomes infectious; every year I have judged, I have left feeling energized to complete my own projects,” shared Dr. Laura Swantek, Anthropology Faculty at Phoenix College. “As judges, we also serve as mentors, if only for a moment, for each student. Having that moment to encourage a young scientist to push their curiosity and thinking forward is important for building a student’s confidence, but it also gives us an opportunity to give back what we have been so graciously given by our own mentors.”