Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

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56th Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

March 13-15, 2019


Registration for the 2019 OJSHS will open in January 2019, deadline to register February 13, 2019.

About: The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) research. 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.

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. In Ohio, the symposium is annually held at Bowling Green State University and sponsored by BGSU and the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at BGSU.  All students in grades 9-12 enrolled in public, private, or home schools are eligible to participate in their local Regional Symposium. See Rules of Competition for eligibility details.

Application Information: Eligible students, may enter his or her research paper in the Ohio JSHS by submitting documentation of a personally conducted research study to the Director of the Ohio JSHS by the specific deadline. These papers are screened by professionals in their fields represented by the papers. Finalists are selected and subsequently present their papers at the annual OJSHS Symposium.. We encourage all students to check detailed "Guidelines for Preparation and Presentation of Student Research" by logging on the National JSHS homepage. The research must be original, and must be performed by the high school student. The same paper may also be submitted to other science programs and symposia. A poster session will be available for students to present research work that is still in progress.

Students who have conducted an original research investigation in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics and who wish to present their research at a regional symposium must...

Prepare and submit a written report (e.g. abstract and/or paper) according to the regional guidelines; and be prepared to orally deliver the results of their original research to the symposium.

A judging committee, formed by the regional symposium, reviews the written reports (e.g. abstract and/or paper) and selects students to orally present the results of their research investigation to the regional symposium audience. The judging continues during the oral presentations, and awards finalists are selected.

Many representatives from colleges, universities, and various industries want to provide experiences for secondary school students to conduct worthwhile scientific research. Many of these students present their research findings at the Ohio JSHS and then go on to the National JSHS.
Additional secondary school students (delegates) and their teachers are encouraged to attend the Ohio JSHS to interact with science students who have performed scientific research.

Please see registration tab at left for information on how to register for OJSHS


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Congratulations to our 2018 OJSHS Poster and Paper Research Award Winners.

Research Paper Awards

  • 1st Place: Arukshita Goel, Sylvania Southview High School
  • 2nd Place: Suraj Srinivasan, Strongsville High School
  • 3rd Place: Nora Gera, Sylvania Northview High School
  • 4th Place: Claudia Hamilton, Hawken School
  • 5th Place: Maanasa Mendu, William Mason High School
  • 1st Alternate: Anika Rede, Hathaway Brown School
  • 2nd Alternate: John-Shaw Moazami, University School
  • Thomas Alva Edison Award: Connor Ryan, Lincoln High School

Colonel George F. Leist Distinguished Teacher Award  

  • Sara Laux, University School

Contact Information:

Dr. Emilio Duran
School of Teaching and Learning
Bowling Green State University
126 Life Sciences Building
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
eduran@bgsu.edu