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The application deadline has been extended until Friday, March 6.

It gives us great pleasure to invite talented high school students and teachers from your school to participate in the 51st Annual Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (PA-JSHS). The symposium will be held in State College from 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, through Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is part of an established national program of the research offices sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force and administered by the Academy of Applied Science. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2014–15.

Lodging and most food expenses will be covered by PA-JSHS.

The deadline for teacher and student applications is Friday, March 6, 2015. Applications received after that date may not be considered for participation in the symposium.

We invite you to select outstanding science students who can attend the presentation sessions or present either a paper or poster. The paper and poster presentations require the student to prepare a written report describing original research results in science, mathematics, or engineering. The presentations will represent the finest efforts of high school students in the state toward either original laboratory or field research, or original work in mathematics or the humanistic aspects of science. All students wishing to present a paper or poster at PA-JSHS must send their application with an abstract of their research paper on a copy of the abstract form (see the Applications page for all necessary forms).

Scholarships Awarded

The student presenting the best research paper, as determined by a committee of judges, will receive a $2,000 undergraduate tuition scholarship. The second-place winner will receive a $1,500 undergraduate tuition scholarship, and the third-place winner will receive a $1,000 undergraduate tuition scholarship.

The National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

The first- and second-place winners will be invited to present their papers at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, where six first-place winners will receive $12,000, six second-place winners will receive $8,000, and six third-place winners will receive $4,000. In addition, two other top PA-JSHS presenters will be invited to attend the national symposium. Finalists in the national symposium will be invited to participate in an international symposium.


The primary objectives of the symposium are to search out talented youth, to encourage the development of their scientific interests and abilities, and to promote careers in the STEM fields.

Teacher Participation

The planning committee of the 2015 symposium expresses the firm hope that local school officials will provide substitute teachers for those science teachers selected to attend the 2015 symposium. School officials are reminded that federal flow-through monies that a district receives from the state can be used to support the costs associated with teacher attendance at PA-JSHS. Teachers should take note that they will be expected to transport their students to State College for the symposium and participate in ALL scheduled activities.

All participants must be accompanied by an adult/teacher.

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