Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a Department of Defense sponsored STEM program (U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force) that is administered by the National Science Teaching Association, in cooperation with nationwide colleges and universities. The National office staff works collaboratively with the Tri-Service sponsors to direct the JSHS regional and national symposia and the collaborative effort between the research arm of the Department of Defense and nationwide colleges and universities, to manage the scholarship awards, and overall program oversight.

JSHS is committed to providing the mentoring, scholarship, and career pathways for young minds from everywhere to find success, growth, and connection in STEM. JSHS invites high school students to report on the results of their original research investigations in STEM and compete for scholarships and recognition at university-held regional symposia. All students in grades 9-12 enrolled in public, private, or home schools are eligible to participate in their local regional symposium. Please note that only students who are citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) of the United States can receive the scholarship. See Rules of Competition for eligibility details.

UConn Health is hosting the 2023 Connecticut JSHS, held on March 4, 2023, in Farmington, CT. The virtual oral and poster competition judging will be held February 26, 2023. The non-competitive virtual STEM poster exhibition will be held February 27-March 3.

Up to 10 high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate by organizing a delegation and registering by December 13, 2022. Homeschooled students are also encouraged to take part. There is no charge for participation. For more details, see the Symposium agenda and find additional details on the Symposium registration page. 

New this year! Play the CT-JSHS Event Game and earn points for your school! First, register for it (click here to register) then play by logging in during Symposium pre-week. The top 3 students and top 3 schools with the highest number of points will be recognized at the CT-JSHS awards ceremony.

Click to learn how you can start earning points!

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