47th Annual West Virginia

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

March 30-31, 2012

West Virginia Wesleyan College; Buckhannon, WV

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National JSHS

  Are you a WV high school student who is into science, computers, math or engineering?  Show off your skills, compete for scholarships, and participate in hands-on labs at the West Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium!


Congratulations to 2011 National JSHS First Place Winner Swetha Doppalapudi!

2010-2011 Finalists

Scholarship awards

JSHS scholarships:  Up to $2000 at the WV Regional JSHS and up to $16,000 at the National JSHS.  West Virginia students have won 6 scholarships at the National JSHS in the last seven years, including first places in 2007 and 2009.

Four-year, renewable Wesleyan JSHS Scholarships provide $5,000 per year for the top two finalists and $1,500 per year for the remaining three finalists, should the winners decide to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College.  These scholarships are in addition to any other scholarships for which you may be eligible.  Find out more on the awards page.

2005 participants in a physics lab.
Who can participate, and what would I be doing?

Students and teachers from any public or private high school in West Virginia can participate in the West Virginia JSHS.  Home-schooled West Virginians are welcomed, too.  If you've done a research or engineering project, you can present your work to compete for regional scholarships and, for the top two presenters, national scholarships.  If you don't have a project that is ready to present, you can attend as a participant in the hands-on labs and other activities.

How much does it cost to attend the WV-JSHS?

The Symposium is almost cost-free for participants.  There is no registration fee.  Housing and meals are provided to participants free of charge.  Transportation is not provided, so the major cost of attending the Symposium is travel to West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.

How do I apply to attend the WV-JSHS?

All participants, including teachers, must apply by filling out a web-based form.  Click on this link or the "Apply Here" navigation button at the left to reach the application instructions.  Students who wish to compete for the scholarships must also submit copies of their abstracts as described on the application pages.  You will not need to submit a full research paper unless you are selected to compete at the National JSHS.  The deadline for applying to the 2011-2012 WV-JSHS is 15 March 2012.

Who runs the Junior Science and Humanities program?

JSHS has been sponsored by the United States Department of the Army since its inception in 1958, and the Departments of the Navy and Air Force have shared sponsorship since 1995. This joint sponsorship and the cooperative efforts of colleges and universities throughout the nation have resulted in the annual participation of about 10,000 high school students (grades 9-12) and teachers at regional and national symposia, administered by the Academy of Applied Science.  Forty-eight regional symposia are held throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense schools in Europe and the Pacific. West Virginia Wesleyan College has hosted the WV Regional JSHS for over forty years.  The annual National symposium concludes the program year and brings together over 400 high school students, their teachers, faculty and scientists. The 50th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be held in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 2-6, 2012.

Application Deadline:  15 March 2012

Questions or Comments:   wvjshs@wvwc.edu