The 2019 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 2019 NNJJSHS will 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.

Read about our 2015 awardees selected from the Rutgers symposium, who were invited for a personal tour of Picatinny Arsenal's laboratories. 

Registration for student/teacher participants is officially OPEN!


(Please sign up as a student observer or teacher/other observer from the drop-down menu)

Important Dates

  • Student Registration and Student Abstract are due December 1, 2018.
  • Short Video (2 minute maximum) is due December 15, 2018.  
  • Student Full Research Papers & Teacher/School Registrations are due January 4, 2019.
  • Judges results will be announced by February 12, 2019
  • New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium  at Rutgers University will be on March 4-5, 2019.



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 will take place March 4 - 5, 2019. 

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, 2018. By December 15, 2018 students must also submit a short video (2 minute maximum) presenting their answers to the following questions: (1) What did you know about your research? (2) What did you not know about your research? (3) Why is your research important? They then must submit full research papers of their work by January 4, 2019 (All Teacher/Student Registrations are due on January 4, 2018 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. Oral Finalists compete for up to 3 all-expense paid trips to the 2019 National Symposium, as well as Scholarships of $2,000; $1,500; or $1,000. The top 2 Poster Finalists compete for 2 all-expense 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 4, 2018), all student researchers and sponsoring teachers participate in the symposium. On the second day (March 5, 2018), 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 5 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  


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. 



Every Regional Symposium is expected to participate in the AEOP-JSHS 2018 Evaluation process. AEOP and our sponsors use this data to evaluate the success of the program and to determine future support.
This online survey is for ALL participants and should be completed near the end of the symposium.
Links to the Surveys
***Students complete the 2018 JSHS Regional Youth Survey
***All other participants complete the 2018 JSHS Regional Mentor Survey

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