The 2020 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 in New Jersey.  The NJJSHS is a regional competition of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS).   

The JSHS Program is a tri-service – U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force – sponsored STEM competition which promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation.

Endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), JSHS regional and national symposium are held during the academic year and reach more than 8,000 high school students and teachers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Schools of Europe and the Pacific Rim. Students must first participate in their regional symposia where they compete for selection to present at the national symposium each year. National Website: 

This year's 2020 NNJJSHS will most likely include three topic areas sponsored by the Army. One will be for the Best in Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Science (Additive Manufacturing), for qualified papers from selected students whose research papers apply to this field. The second will be for Best in Computing, Computer Science & Engineering, among the qualified papers from selected students across this field. The third will be for the Best in Environmental & Earth Sciences.

These winners or 1st runner-ups selected from each topic area by Picatinny Arsenal, will receive an invitation to participate as a mentor in support of a week-long summer STEM enrichment program, which includes a presentation of their paper, and a one-day demonstration of our facilities with Army experts, of the respective science topics from this year's symposium. Qualified participants will receive a monetary stipend for the week.




Important Dates

  • Teacher/School Registration are due November 29, 2019
  • Student Registration and Abstract due December 6, 2019
  • Student Full Papers and Video are due January 8, 2020.
  • Announce Finalists for NJ JSHS at Rutgers will be announced on February 14, 2020
  • NJ JSHS at Rutgers University will be on March 2, 2020



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 at Rutgers University’s School of Engineering in Piscataway, NJ on March 2, 2020.

To participate in the competitive portion of our program, students must have conducted STEM-related research and have elicited comprehensive and viable results and findings from their work. Teachers must register school and nominate students by November 29th, 2019. Students intending to apply must submit abstracts of 200 words or less giving an overview of their research by December 6, 2019. See the NJ JSHS at Rutgers Guidelines for more information on the presentation format. Students also must submit full research papers detailing their findings, in addition to a link to an “unlisted” YouTube link of their video presentation by January 8, 2020. Based on the research papers and videos, our committee of judges will select up to 5 of the top students, as Finalists, to give oral presentations of their work at our symposium in March. The judges will also select up to 50-70 other students, as Poster Finalists, to give poster presentation of their work at our symposium. All applicants will be notified of their status by February 14, 2020

Finalists compete for up to 3 expense paid trips to the 2020 National Symposium on April 15-18, 2020, in Norfolk, Virginia, as well as scholarships of $2,000; $1,500; or $1,000. Poster finalists compete for 2 expense paid trips to nationals and additional prizes.

Students who have not yet conducted research or are just beginning their projects are welcome to attend the symposium as observers. On the day of the symposium, all student researchers and sponsoring teachers participate in a series of events designed to cultivate their interests in the STEM field. Also on that day, all student researchers, observers, and sponsoring teachers participate in the symposium. The day will consist of presentations from researchers at Rutgers, exhibits, and college & career focus groups. In the evening, students will attend a formal dinner recognizing their scientific achievements, hear from a keynote speaker, and possibly take part in team based math, science, and engineering challenges.

For questions related to our symposium, please email  


If you would like to be added to the listserv to receive email updates regarding the symposium or when the registration link will be posted on this website in mid to late October, please complete this form. Both teachers and students are encouraged to fill out this form to receive updates for either their schools or for themselves. 


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