High school students who have done well in mathematics and science are eligible to apply. Although these students may still be undecided about their career choices, it is expected that they have completed a science or mathematics research project. For those who wish to present a paper or poster, good public speaking skills are very helpful.
Each form is required for all student presenters at PA-JSHS (feel free to make additional copies). To be considered for the 2013 symposium, each school should return to us — by February 22, 2013 — a packet containing an application from each student and teacher wishing to attend. The applications must be accompanied by the registration fees (including each teacher), made payable to The Pennsylvania State University. Each student application must include six copies of a research paper and six copies of an abstract if the student is applying to present a paper or poster.
Students should report on their individual contributions to research. If a student is part of a larger group, the presentation should focus on the individual contributions in the larger research project and properly acknowledge the contributions of other students, mentors, and/or teachers. For team research that cannot be divided into individual presentations, a team leader should be selected to present the results of the group work. In this case, all JSHS directives applying to the individual research investigations will apply to group research investigations. In the event that the group presenter of the winning regional group is unable to present at the national level, this opportunity will be passed on to the next ranking project. This decision is made since the judges' evaluations and scores pertain to the individual presenter. Student presenters who are part of a team must notify JSHS which student finalist will receive scholarship funding if the team presentation earns a regional or national award.