Do you have young researchers in your classroom whose work begs to be recognized? Are you looking for ways to provide your high achieving students with additional opportunities? The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) offers substantial scholarships to Iowa students for original high school research.
The University of Iowa invites all students grades 9-12 in the state to present their original research in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers at the Regional Symposium in Iowa City this March. Five finalists at the Iowa Regional JSHS will be awarded academic scholarships ranging from $750 to $2,750 and will be invited to compete at the 55th National JSHS for scholarships up to an additional $12,000. To apply, students need to submit their papers by January 12, 2018, so it’s not too late to start research projects! On January 24, we will notify candidates if their work has been selected for presentation.
Regardless of whether or not their paper is selected, we encourage all interested students to attend the Regional Symposium as delegates from their home schools, and we further welcome you and all other STEM teachers in Iowa to attend and bring your students. Student delegates pay just $25 for lodging and the Awards Banquet, and the $50 fee for teachers and chaperones is waived for every five students in attendance from your school (i.e. 10 student delegates = 2 teachers/chaperones).
||Students conduct original research
||Research paper and application deadline
||Regional Symposium selection notification
||Registration deadline for student delegates, teachers, and chaperones
|March 5 & 6
||Iowa Regional JSHS in Iowa City
For more information, please visit our website at www.belinblank.org/JSHS. Don’t hesitate to contact us at JSHS@belinblank.org if the Symposium is of interest to you or your students. We look forward to reading all the brilliant papers from Iowa’s next generation of researchers!
The 55th Annual National JSHS starts tomorrow! The top five students from the 2017 Iowa Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium are going to Nationals. Good luck to all!
1. Kathryn Bozer – West High School, Iowa City
2. Manasa Pagadala – Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf
3. Mason Burlage – Beckman Catholic High School, Dubuque
4. Megan Ertl – Beckman Catholic High School, Dubuque
5. Maddie Zastrow – Prairie High School, Cedar Rapids
…by the research that high school students presented at the Iowa Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)!
The finalists (in order) were:
- Kaylie Wilson – Central Lee High School, Donnellson
- Manasa Pagadala – Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf
- Megan Ertl – Beckman Hugh School, Dyersville
- Rachel Mehmert – Holy Trinity High School, Keosauqua
- Carl and Maracus Schneider – Beckman High School, Dyersville
Iowa Regional JSHS Finalists
Manasa Pagadala, 2nd place, Improving Switchgrass Biofuel Production: Phase II
Jacqueline Ehrlich – Beckman Catholic High School – Alternate, Bacterial Inhibition of Honey and Sorghum
Josh Pieper – Holy Trinity High School, Does Lactation Length Affect Sow Productivity
Kaylie Wilson, 1st place, Project: Tobacco Mosaic Virus vs Skim Milk Phase III
Mason Burlage – Beckman Catholic High School, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum as a Factor of Glycine max Phytopathology
Caitlin Kennedy – Beckman Catholic High School, Physical Factors Affecting Blood Glucose Levels
Caitlin Walljasper – Central Lee High School, Age and Body Condition’s Effect on Weaning Cattle
Carl and Marcus Schneider, 5th place, Implications of Thieves’ Oil as an Antibacterial Agent
Mackenzie Winslow – Van Buren Community High School, How Facial Cleansers Affect Escherichia coli and Sebum
Rachel Mehmert, 4th place, Rhizobia: The Future Natural Fertilizer of Glycine Max
Megan Ertl, 3rd place – Beckman Catholic High School, Manufacturing Operations Research Using Time Study Methodology
Last month, the finalists from the Iowa Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium went to the 53rd Annual National Symposium. Check out some highlights of their trip!
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) national competition is next week! Our five finalists from the regional competition will be traveling to Hunt Valley, Maryland (Washington, DC area) for nationals.
Those students are Vineel Mallavarapu of Cedar Falls High School, Nathan Schmidt of East High School in Waterloo, Arun Velamuri of Valley High School in West Des Moines, Kelsey Bryant of Central Lee High School in Donnellson, and Priya Khanolkar of Keokuk High School in Keokuk. Micaela Bryant of Central Lee is an alternate.
Similar to the regional symposium, students will present their projects and tour local labs. This is an exciting opportunity for them to compete at the national level. Congratulations to our nationals-bound JSHS students!
We have more pictures from JSHS! Great job to all of the Iowa Regional JSHS winners who went to nationals.
Abby Walling presents at JSHS Nationals.
Belin-Blank Center administrator Dr. Leslie Flynn and Executive Director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Dr. Jeffrey Weld.
Karleigh Schilling presents at JSHS Nationals.
Iowa JSHS visits the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council booth.
(left to right) Breanna Kramer, Aparna Ajjarapu, Karleigh Schilling, and Abby Walling.