Key Information for Applicants


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

JSHS is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize students (grades 9-12) conducting research in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for career exploration, research lab visits, peer discussions, and networking are planned. By participating in regional and national symposia, students may:

  • Participate in a forum honoring individual achievement in STEM.
  • Network with peers who have similar interests.
  • Hear research presentations by other students.
  • Develop skills to help prepare for undergraduate and graduate pursuits in STEM fields.
  • Hear nationally renowned scientists speak on their work.
  • Qualify for significant scholarships and other recognition.
  • Advance to the national symposium.

Who is a JSHS participant? Connecticut high school students interested in STEM studies can participate either as a presenter or as a student observer. Up to 10 high school students and one teacher from each high school may participate. Homeschooled students are also encouraged to take part. For our live, in-person portion of the symposium, a chaperone with each school’s group will be required. There is no charge for attending. All students, teachers, and guests (parents, school administrators, etc.) who wish to participate are encouraged to do so and register

Who can present at the Connecticut Regional JSHS?

Any high school student attending school in Connecticut may submit an application for consideration.

How do I present at the Connecticut Regional JSHS?

Students in grades 9–12 select an area of research:

  • Environmental Science
  • Life Science
  • Medicine and Health/Behavioral Science
  • Biomedical Sciences, Molecular/Cellular
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Math and Computer Sciences/Computer Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry

All student participants MUST register for the Regional JSHS event by EXTENDED to 12/16

Students who apply as potential presenters will be asked to go back into their CVENT registration applications and by January 5, 2023, students who wish to present their research at the CT-JSHS must submit an abstract, a Statement of Outside Assistance, a link to a 3-minute video, and answer a few brief questions (listed below) to be part of the review process.

  • Project title:
  • Mentor first name:
  • Mentor last name:
  • Mentor organization or school:
  • Mentor email address:
  • Please read the Video Instructions for details about the video content and criteria.
  • Tell us about your project as you would explain it to a friend or your local newspaper- for a general audience!
  • What actual research have you completed, or is it only planned? Also, was at least part of the research conducted after February, 2022? (We do not allow work that was done in a previous year unless new research has been added.)
  • Has a report of this investigation been presented at a science fair, in an award application, or to any other group?
  • How long have you been collecting data?
  • Select a Research Category of Competition. Please note: your chosen category is not guaranteed.

The Review Committee (about 30 members, composed of CT-JSHS Executive Committee members, faculty members, medical students and graduate students) will review applications in January and let students know of their placement in oral or poster competitive categories or in the STEM poster exhibition category. A maximum of 15 students will be invited to present their projects in the oral competition. A maximum of 16 students will also be invited to present their projects in the poster competition. All of the other students will be considered for participation in the noncompetitive STEM poster exhibition. Students will be notified of their selection to present in one of the three sessions by January 23, 2023.

Please refer to the Core Rules of Competition to ensure your materials follow regional guidelines.

If you have any questions about the process please contact Dr. Brittany Knight (

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