Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at SFSU

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative at San Francisco State University (I&E @ SFSU) is committed to fostering innovation and encouraging entrepreneurial ventures by partnering with external organizations and institutions, and offering scholarly, mentoring and advising resources. As such, I&E @ SFSU is proud to be the host institution for the Northern California & Western Nevada region Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

The JSHS is a national science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research competition for high school students (grades 9-12). The competition and symposium are supported by the Tri-Services (The U.S. Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force), however no military service or obligation to the armed forces is required nor considered for participation, entry, competition, or award.

Students conduct and submit their original STEM research to their regional competition (SFSU for Northern California & Western Nevada area high school students). Three tuition scholarships will be awarded at the regional competition. Students judged to have given the first, second, and third best oral presentations at the regional competition on March 18, 2022, will receive undergraduate tuition scholarships to the institution of their choosing, payable upon college matriculation, in the amounts of:

  • Regional First Place - $2000
  • Regional Second Place - $1500
  • Regional Third Place - $1000

In addition to the scholarships listed, the top two finalists will be invited to present their research in the oral competition at the National JSHS. Third, fourth, and fifth place regional finalists will be invited to present their research in a poster session at the same symposium. A total of $192,000 in undergraduate tuition scholarships will be presented to the top three finalists in each of eight research subject categories at the National JSHS.

2022 Regional JSHS Competition, Information, Dates & Deadlines

The 2022 Regional Symposium competition will be held in-person on the San Francisco State University campus (City and County of San Francisco health and safety guidelines-permitting). Key dates and deadlines for participation in the 2022:

  • November 15, 2021 – Research competition application and submission opens. Regional Symposium submission guidelines available here .
  • January 19, 2022 11:59 p.m. PST – Research application submission deadline. High school students submitting a paper or poster to the competition must register and upload their submissions here.
  • February 11, 2022 – Research applicants are notified of acceptance status
  • February 16, 2022 – Final date for students to accept invitation to present or poster at the Symposium
  • March 18, 2022 – Northern California/Western Nevada Regional JSHS competition hosted by I&E @ SFSU

How to Submit a Research Paper

All Northern California and Western Nevada high school students are invited to submit a research paper for consideration in the regional competition. All papers will be evaluated by a pool of judges drawn from the faculty at San Francisco State University, and as needed, subject matter experts as identified by SFSU faculty. Up to ten (10) students will be selected to present their research at the regional JSHS competition at SFSU on March 18, 2022. Of the ten oral presenters, the top two (2) presenters will be invited to present their work at the JSHS National Symposium. Third, fourth and fifth places will be invited to present their research at a poster session at the JSHS National Symposium in Albuquerque, NM. To submit a research paper to the Northern California & Western Nevada Region JSHS:

  1. Download and review the research submission guidelines: JSHS Core Rules of Competition.
  2. Download and review the Regional information and instruction packet.
  3. Fill out the required form: Statement of Outside Assistance.
  4. Upload your research and statement of outside assistance.

About the Junior Science Humanities Symposium (JSHS)

The JSHS is a national symposia program designed to encourage and grow high school (grades 9-12) engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) scholarship. The JSHS supports workshops, panels, career exploration and networking opportunities. To find out more about JSHS, please visit https://www.jshs.org/.

The JSHS Symposium is made possible through a grant from the National Science Teaching Association and Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). Learn more about STEM opportunities through the Army Educational Outreach Program.