North Central Regional Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS)

An EXCELLENCE PROGRAM in our Access To Excellence CONTINUUM

Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, St. Louis Park, MN

March 25, 2020 (in conjunction with SSEF)



The North Central Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level. This research paper competition publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct vital research and development.

The first National JSHS competition was held in 1962. Since 1968, the Minnesota Academy of Science (MAS) has hosted the North Central Regional JSHS for students in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Today it is an essential part of our our continuum of K-12 science education programming (Access to Excellence). 

After months of scientific research, students prepare and present research papers to scientific judges at JSHS. A total of $4,500 in undergraduate tuition scholarships are awarded to the top three finalists. We select the top five paper presentations as finalists to receive trophies and advance to National JSHS, held in late April or early May. Students win an all-expense paid trip to compete against high school students representing the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools of Europe and the Pacific.

2019 Regional JSHS Finalists attend Nationals in New Mexico with Program Director Sara Gomez.

2019 Regional JSHS Finalists attend Nationals in New Mexico with Program Director Sara Gomez.


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