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Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Date Announced: Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

Oral Presenters
1st place Megha Sharma, Long Reach High School
2nd place Aishwarya Shettigar, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
3rd place Claire Wayner, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
4th place Rebecca Brody, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
5th place Garyk Brixi, Winston Churchill HIgh School
Poster Presenters
1st place Stephen Grabowski,  Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
2nd place Ryan Needle, Winston Churchhill HIgh School
3rd place Caroline Leng, Poolesville High School


What is the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium?

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.

Who attends the Maryland Regional JSHS?

High school students throughout Maryland are invited to apply. Those selected for this event will participate either as an oral presenter, a poster presenter or as a student delegate. STEM teachers & coordinators as well as mentors are invted to attend as well.

The Maryland Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. The top three regional scholarship finalists at the Maryland Regional JSHS are awarded academic scholarships totalling $4,500 ($2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third). In addition, the top five presenters will be invited to compete at the annual National JSHS in Hunt Valley, Maryland scheduled for May 2-6, 2018.

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 16, 2018, students submit a paper about their original research for evaluation.  These papers should follow appropriate research paper formatting. Please visit for details and guidelines on the paper submission.

Step 4: Top student research papers are selected for oral presentations.  The next tier of students will be invited to provide poster presentations.  Students not selected to present may be invited to participate as student delegates.

What are the important dates for the 2018 Maryland Regional JSHS?

By January 16, 2018: Students submit completed applications, to include the following:

  • General application (electronic)
  • Complete written research paper (including abstract and title page that lists mentor, research site, etc.)

On or about Friday, February 19, 2018: Notification for selection of presentations.

 March 1, 2018: Deadline for selected student presenters, student delegates, teachers, and chaperones to submit their registration forms.  

What scholarships are awarded to the top presentations?

$2,000 for first place; $1,500 for second place; $1,000 for third place awarded by the Academy of Applied Sciences. The top five finalists are also invited to attend an expense-paid trip to National JSHS.

What if my proposal is not accepted?

Students whose research submissions are not accepted for presentation 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 16, 2018 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 and teachers traveling over 100 miles can request a hotel local to the University of Maryland campus for the evening before. Inquire about details.

How much will it cost to attend Maryland JSHS?

There is no cost. The National and Regional JSHS Programs are sponsored 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.

What about teachers and mentors?

Please join us. All Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and mentors in Maryland are encouraged to attend. Teachers and mentors 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 late-February of 2018.

What if inclement weather is predicted?

In the event of severe weather conditions, the University will decide whether to close campus. If this is the case, the symposium will be rescheduled for a later date. Updates will be posted on our website and emails sent to participants.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Tues, Jan 16, 2018 Last day for Maryland high school students to submit their applications and original research
Mon, Feb 19, 2018 Students informed on the status of their proposals
Wed, Mar 14, 2018

Maryland Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

at University of Maryland, College Park

April 26-30, 2018 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Hunt Valley, Maryland
For more information
Beth Domingo, Program Manager
Phone: 301-405-8467