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Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium

General Information

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Introduction

It gives us great pleasure to invite talented high school students and teachers to participate in the Fifteenth Annual Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (KNO-JSHS). The symposium will be held at Oklahoma State University Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 2018. The Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is part of an established national program of the Academy of Applied Science and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force.

The primary objective of the JSHS symposium is to search out talented youth to encourage the development of their scientific interests and abilities.

Lodging (Friday night) and meals (Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday luncheon, and snacks) for student participants and one sponsor/teacher from each school will be covered by KNO-JSHS. Participants and the sponsor/teacher will be responsible for any additional charges beyond the cost of the room incurred at the lodging site.  Schools bringing more than one sponsor/teacher or additional guests will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own lodging. Additional guests (parents, teachers, sponsors) attending JSHS have the option to purchase a weekend visitor pass for $50 to be paid for at event check-in (via cash or check). This pass will provide access to presentations and meals (this does not include overnight accommodations). Meals include: Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday luncheon, and snacks. 

The deadline for teacher and student applications is Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that date will not be considered for participation in the symposium. The online application form will be live on January 9, 2018. Students and teachers will be notified by Tuesday, February 21 if selected to participate in JSHS.

We invite teachers to select outstanding science students who conduct original research. All students wishing to compete in the JSHS competition are required to submit a written research paper and present their research orally to a panel of judges and peers. Instructions for both the paper and oral presentation follow the National JSHS guidelines. JSHS research categories include:

  • Environmental Science (pollution and impact upon ecosystems, environmental management, bioremediation, climatology, weather)
  • Engineering; Technology (including renewable energies, robotics)
  • Physical Sciences (physics; computational astronomy; theoretical mathematics)
  • Chemistry (physical chemistry; organic chemistry; inorganic chemistry; geochemistry; materials science; alternative fuels)
  • Life Sciences (animal sciences; plant sciences; ecology; cellular and molecular biology; genetics; immunology; biochemistry)
  • Medicine and Health; Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics and Computer Science (computer engineering; applied mathematics; theoretical computer science)

Significant awards may be available to students who compete in the regional and national symposia. Many university sponsors who conduct the regional symposia contribute scholarships, cash awards, and other prizes. The availability of these additional awards, type of award, and value vary by region. The Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force jointly sponsor the following awards:

1)    Students presenting at the regional JSHS will receive:

  • A certificate
  • An opportunity to win a cash scholarship (Winners are required to represent the Region at the National JSHS competition. If unable to fulfill this obligation, the award will be presented to an alternate.)
  • An opportunity to advance to the national JSHS presentations

2)    For teachers:

  • A $500 award will be given to a teacher based on the number and quality of student presentations that reach the final round of competition. This award will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
  • Teacher travel stipends will be paid as funds permit.

3)    For regional JSHS finalists:

  • An expense-paid trip to the National JSHS, awarded to five finalists at each regional symposium. The National symposium brings together over 360 participants in a program of educational and scientific exchange.
  • An invitation to present original research at the National JSHS, awarded to the 1st and 2nd place finalists.
  • An invitation to conduct a poster presentation on original research at the National JSHS, awarded to the 3rd place finalist and two students chosen at the discretion of the judges.
  • A total of $4,500 in undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded at $2000, $1,500, and $1,000 to each of the top three regional symposium finalists (scholarship payable upon matriculation and upon meeting the JSHS scholarship conditions.)

4)    For the national JSHS finalists:

  • Seven $12,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 1st place finalists in the National research paper competition
  • Seven $8,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 2nd place finalists in the National research paper competition
  • Seven $4,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 3rd place finalists in the National research paper competition

Teacher Participation

Teachers should take note that they will be expected to transport their student(s) to Oklahoma State University for the symposium and participate in all scheduled activities. Remember, a $500 award is available to the teacher who is selected by the judges based on the number and quality of student presenters reaching the final round of competition. 

-       Present a research paper (Grades 9-12)

-       Present a research poster (Grades 7-8)

-       Attend sessions only as an observer (Grades 9-11)

Selection of Presenters and Participants

KNO-JSHS paper presenters will be selected based upon the merit of the individual student's research paper. All applications are screened without regard to gender, race, creed, or color. We will not consider student presenter applicants without an application from a teacher or parent sponsor.

Applications

High school students who have conducted original research in a STEM field are eligible to apply. The Student Application Form and Teacher Application Form will be live beginning on Monday, January 9. All application forms must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. 

Team Projects. Students should report on their individual contributions to the research. If students are part of a larger group, the presentation should focus on the student’s individual contributions in the larger research project and properly acknowledge the contributions of other students, mentors, and/or teachers. For team research that cannot be divided into individual presentations, a team leader should be selected to present the results of the group work. In this case, all JSHS directives applying to the individual research investigations will apply to group research investigations. In the event the group presenter of the winning regional group is unable to present at the National level, this opportunity will be passed on to the next ranking project. This decision is made since the judges' evaluations and scores pertain to the individual presenter. Should the team presentation earn a regional or national award, only the student who presents the research presentation will receive scholarship funding.

A clearly articulated research paper that describes the research and results conducted by the student participant is vital to successful competition in JSHS. Below are helpful examples and instructions on how to write an abstract, a research paper, and prepare a PowerPoint presentation:

Hotel Accommodations and Meals

Participant lodging will be paid for by the KNO-JSHS, this includes student participants and one teacher/sponsor from each school. Three or four student participants of the same gender will be assigned to a hotel room. Students requesting roommate(s) should do so on the student application form. Please note that we will try our best to accommodate preferences, but cannot guarantee all requests.

Lodging for one teacher/sponsor per school will be paid for by the KNO-JSHS. Two teachers of the same gender will be assigned to share a double occupancy hotel room. Schools bringing more than one teacher/sponsor (or sponsors who wish to have an individual room) will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own lodging. Participants will be responsible for all charges beyond the cost of the room at the lodging site.

Meals for student participants and one teacher/sponsor from each school will be provided by KNO-JSHS. Meals include dinner on Friday, breakfast on Saturday,  and lunch on Saturday. Additional guests (parents, teachers, sponsors) attending JSHS have the option to purchase a weekend visitor pass for $50 to be paid for at event check-in (via cash or check). This pass will provide access to presentations and meals (this does not include overnight accommodations). Meals include: Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday luncheon, and snacks.

Any participant – teacher or student – who applies and is accepted, but does not attend will be charged for the cost of the hotel room and meals provided. This charge will be invoiced to the teacher or student’s school. If the student is sponsored by a parent, the invoice will be sent to their home mailing address. Cancellation must be received in writing to jshs@okstate.edu five (5) days prior to the event to avoid incurring these charges.

Registration

The planning committee looks forward to your participation in this year's symposium. Registration/check-in will take place on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 12:00-3:00 pm in the Willard Hall lobby. At registration, all participants will be furnished with a packet of program materials covering all aspects of their activity in the symposium. Hotel check-in will begin at 3:00 pm.

University Policies

Access. Oklahoma State University encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Rachel Potts at (405)744-8933 before your visit.

Cancellation. The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Additional Information

Dress. The program dress is professional/casual. Typically, presenters dress more professionally for the oral presentations. Professional attire is expected for the Awards Luncheon on Saturday.

Parents and guardians may attend the symposium, but are responsible for their individual hotel accommodations. Guests (parents, guardians, additional sponsors) can purchase a weekend visitor pass for $50 to be paid for at registration on Friday, March 3 (cash or check). This pass will provide access to presentations and meals, but does not include lodging accommodations. Please contact Amber Coker at (405) 744-8933 if you plan to attend.

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Contact Us

Amber Coker
College of Education, Oklahoma State University
325V Willard Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-8933
E-mail: jshs@okstate.edu