The New Jersey Junior Science & Humanities Symposium at Rutgers University

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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 2017 NNJJSHS will include four 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 fourth will be for Best in Aerospace & Aeronautics, among the relevant papers submitted by students in 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, Robotics, and Aerospace & Aeronautics.  

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

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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 2, 2017 (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 questions related to our symposium, please email  


Press release from Picatinny Arsenal, 23 April, 2015:

Approximately 300 Northern New Jersey high school students attended the 23rd Northern New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) March 30-31.

The symposium was a two-day event hosted by the Rutgers University School of Engineering, who held the event at its Busch Campus Center in Piscataway Township, New Jersey.

It was also hosted by U. S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), which co-sponsors the annual event, providing engineers and scientists as judges.

This year's top winners included Jessica Li from Kent Place School, who received first place; Mark Sabini from Bergen County Academies in second place; and Paige Hammell from Montville Township High School in third place.

These students received a total of $4,500 in undergraduate tuition scholarships in the amounts of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000.

They will also compete with 230 nationwide finalists and present their research at the 53rd National JSHS from April 29 to May 2 at Hunt Valley, Maryland.

In addition, the symposium offered awards to the winners and runner-ups in three categories: nanotechnology, robotics and advanced materials science. 

Shannon Oscher from Bergen County Academies was the Nanotechnology winner, Mark Sabini was the best in Advanced Materials Science and Manufacturing, and Eswar Anandapadmanaban, Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, was the best in Robotics and Prosthetic Device Technologies.

As their reward, ARDEC will host a one day 'tour-of duty' this summer, where the winners and runner-ups can meet ARDEC engineers and scientist from each category. 

ARDEC employees who supported this event as judges and manned displays in 3-D printing, robotics and modeling and simulations were Devin Swanson, Shahram Dabiri, James Zunino, Hau Do, Samuel Eskarous, Gregory Blair, Anthony Ur and Lt. Col. O'Neal A. Williams.

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