- Students may compete in only one regional symposium. The student’s region is determined by the address of their school/organization.
- Citizenship. Students must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or U.S. territory to participate in JSHS.
- Continuation projects. Students may continue a research investigation; however, a study which merely adds data from a previous year’s project is not considered a strong continuation project. If a continuation project is submitted, the student must discuss how the project was expanded (i.e. methodology, new variables), discuss any revisions in experimentation and present new data.
- Projects that are demonstrations, ‘library’ research or informational projects are not appropriate for JSHS.
- The date/time for the student’s presentation is determined by regional and national symposia leadership. A student must be present for the assigned time or risk disqualification.
JSHS recognizes outstanding research presented by students at Regional and National Symposia. The Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force jointly sponsor undergraduate tuition scholarships and cash awards for student finalists in the Regional and National Symposia. Teachers are also recognized for their exceptional contributions to promoting student research. Many university sponsors who host Regional Competitions present scholarships, cash awards, and other prizes. The availability of these additional awards, type of award, and value vary by region.
The following undergraduate tuition scholarship and cash awards are supported by the Tri-Service sponsors. All scholarships are payable upon matriculation to college and upon meeting the JSHS scholarship conditions.
Regional Finalists’ Awards
A total of $4,500 in undergraduate tuition scholarships is disbursed by each region.
- 1st Place receives $2,000
- 2nd Place receives $1,500
- 3rd Place receives $1,000
National Competition Awards
In addition to scholarships, the Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force invite the top five finalists from each Regional Symposium to the National JSHS Symposium to present their original research; expenses paid. The 1st and 2nd place regional finalists will present their research in the oral competition to compete for National JSHS scholarships. The 3rd, 4th and 5th place regional finalists will present their research in the poster competition to compete for cash awards.
A total of $192,000 in undergraduate tuition scholarships is presented to the top three finalists in the National Symposium research paper oral competition in each of the subject categories. [link to: Competition Categories]
- Each of the 1st Place finalists receives $12,000
- Each of the 2nd Place finalists receives $8,000
- Each of the 3rd Place finalists receives $4,000
A cash award in the amount of $350 will be presented to the top finalists in the National Symposium research poster competition in each of the subject categories.
- Each of the 1st Place finalists in the poster competition receives $350
Regional Teacher Awards
JSHS honors individual teachers and their schools’ contributions to advancing student participation in STEM research. Each Regional Symposium presents a $500 cash award to a dedicated educator.
SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY & RULES
The Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force support the outstanding achievements of students in STEM research through undergraduate tuition scholarships. JSHS regional and national student researchers qualify for JSHS scholarships as a result of STEM research paper competitions hosted at regional and national levels. Qualifying students must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and be enrolled full-time in an accredited institution. Scholarship funds may be used to cover tuition and tuition-related materials, such as, but not limited to, summer tuition, books, supplies, laboratory fees and related materials. Scholarship funds are not authorized for the purchase of personal computers or software. All scholarship payments are made directly to the student’s college of enrollment and will be paid on or before August 1, to be applied to the upcoming academic year.
JSHS scholarship recipients who attend service academies receive full tuition through the U.S. Government. Therefore, the JSHS scholarship is not available to support tuition costs. Other legitimate expenses (listed above) may be supported through the JSHS scholarship. Students who attend service academies should submit a written request to the JSHS National Office at the Academy of Applied Science that details these legitimate expenses.
For JSHS scholarship award recipients whose awards are disbursed over multiple years, students must maintain a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and declare a major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or a related field.
Total scholarship awards available through JSHS are capped at a maximum of $30,000 per individual student winner.