The New Jersey Junior Science & Humanities Symposium at Rutgers University


The New Jersey Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (NJJSHS) at Rutgers University is an annual research fair held at Rutgers University that celebrates high school students’ novel investigations in science, engineering, and mathematics. 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. In order to be eligible for participation, you must be a high school student who lives or Northern or parts of Central New Jersey. Every year, more than 10,000 students from secondary schools in 50 states, Puerto Rico, and schools of Europe and the Pacific, in cooperation with the Department of Defense, participate in the Regional Symposia administered by universities.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program is jointly sponsored by the US Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, in cooperation with leading research universities throughout the nation. The Department of Defense generously provides funding for the National symposium and JSHS scholarships.  

This year's 2016 NNJJSHS will include three topic areas sponsored by the Army.  One will be for the Best in Nanotechnology, for qualified papers from selected students whose research papers apply to this field. The next will be from selected papers that qualify for Best in Advanced Materials Science (Additive Manufacturing), for those students interested in research papers related to materials science.  The third will be for Best in Robotics Technology, among the qualified papers from selected students across this field.  The winners or 1st runner-ups selected from each topic area will receive a 'Tour of Duty' to meet with Army experts, respectively, who support Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials Science and Robotics.  

Read about our recent awardees selected from the Rutgers symposium, who were invited for a personal tour of Picatinny Arsenal's laboratories. 

Important Dates

  • Student/Teacher/School Registration and Student Abstract are due December 1, 2016
  • Student Full Papers are due January 2, 2017.
  • Judges results will be announced on February 13, 2017
  • Northern New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be on March 1-2, 2017.



We are pleased to invite you and your school to participate in the Rutgers University Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, a science fair for high school students interested in science, mathematics, and technology research.  Students who have undertaken their own scientific research, underclassmen who intend to conduct research in the future, and high school teachers are invited to attend our symposium on the campus of Rutgers University’s School of Engineering in Piscataway, NJ.  This year’s Symposium takes place March 1 - 2, 2017. 

Students who have conducted scientific research submit research papers to the competitive portion of our program.  These students must submit abstracts of 200 words or less detailing their work by December 1, 2016. They then must submit full research papers of their work by January 4, 2016 (All Teacher/Student Registrations are due on January 2, 2017 as well).  Based on the research papers, our panel of judges selects up to 20 of the top students as Finalists, who are chosen to give oral presentations of their work at our symposium in March. 

The judges will also select up to 50 other students as Poster Finalists, who will give poster presentation of their work at our symposium. Finalists compete for up to 5 expenses paid trips to the 2017 National Symposium on April 26-30, 2017, in San Diego, CA, as well as Scholarships of $2,000; $1,500; or $1,000. The top 2 poster finalists compete for 2 expenses paid trips to nationals and additional prizes.

Students who have not yet conducted research or are just beginning projects are welcome to attend the symposium as observers. On the first day of the symposium (March 1, 2017), all student researchers, and sponsoring teachers participate in the symposium. On the second day (March 2, 2017), all student researchers, observers, and sponsoring teachers participate in the symposium. The first day will consist of the run-off presentation of the 20 oral finalists. At night, students will be treated to a formal dinner recognizing their scientific achievements, hear from a keynote speaker, and take part in team based math, science, and engineering challenges.  On the second day, the 4 oral finalists from the first day and 50 poster presenters will compete and prizes will be awarded.

For the submission of signed forms, and papers, please use nnj.jshs.rutgers@gmail.comWe prefer you send everything electronically We require that full research papers be submitted in PDF format. 


Press release from Picatinny Arsenal, 8 August 2014:

Four winners from two Junior Science and Humanities Symposia held in New Jersey visited Picatinny Arsenal July 23 to tour the Innovation Lab and learn about nanotechnologies and 3-D printing. From left to right, John Fantell, a senior at Colonia High School, Isabella Grabski and Kylie Long, graduates of Bergen County Academies, and Vincent Chen, graduate from High Technology High School, examine a lightweight version of the Army uniform, enabled by nano-science.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is a national program that aims to widen the pool of trained talent in the research and development vital to our nation. By promoting original research and experimentation by high school students in the scientific, engineering, and mathematics fields, the program publicly recognizes students for their outstanding achievement. 

Students compete in a regional symposium, where they orally present their study and research results. This presentation is judged on factors such as identifying the research problem, use of scientific processes and creative skills, communication skills, research discussion and conclusion, and collaboration with outside sources and assistance. 

This year’s four winners participated in symposia hosted by Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., and Rutgers University in Piscataway Township, N.J. This program is one of many science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs sponsored by the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal.

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