The Connecticut Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium has been hosted in the State of Connecticut for over 50 years. We invite talented high school students from across the state to present independent research. The majority of student participants are 11th grade students who have demonstrated genuine interest in science.  Our oral presentations are deemed the most outstanding research projects are often been given by 12th grade students, many of whom had attended the Symposium in their junior year.

The top five presenters at the Connecticut JSHS will be invited to attend the National Symposium. These are chosen from the 1st place poster winner at CT-JSHS and the top 4 oral presenters.  The top 2 oral presenters will present their research in an oral competition at the National JSHS and the other three from CT will present their research in a poster competition at National JSHS.


 Fast facts about the CT-JSHS

  • One of the regional symposia of JSHS, a national program of the Academy of Applied Science
  • Under contract with
    • the United States Army Research Office
    • the Office of Naval Research
    • the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and
    • the University of Connecticut, UConn Health
  • With the cooperation of
    • the Connecticut State Department of Education
    • the Connecticut Science Teachers Association
    • the Connecticut Science Supervisors Association
    • The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
  • Listed on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities
  • Attended by about 250 participants including high school students and teachers annually
  • Has been effective in
    • enhancing student motivation
    • stimulating original research and
    • promoting the setting for exciting scientific meetings
  • Intended to recognize students who have demonstrated intellectual achievement and promise, not necessarily those who have received the highest GPA

 Event Highlights

  • Lectures given by distinguished scientists and humanists
  • Group discussions about STEM Careers and the human aspect of tough science questions
  • Visits to scientific and engineering laboratories on the UConn Health campus
  • Oral and Poster presentations by high school students on their research; these students are selected for such presentations by the Executive Committee on the basis of recommendations from their schools and an evaluation of  abstracts and videos submitted.

 Targeted Audience

  • High School students who have demonstrated genuine interest in science
  • Oral presentations of the most outstanding research projects have often been given by students, many of whom had attended the Symposium in a previous year.

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