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    Upstate NY Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

36th Annual Upstate NY JSHS

March 10 and 11, 2021

*Please note that the 36th Annual Upstate New York Junior Science & Humanities Symposium will be held virtually.

Each spring in Albany, NY, young scientists representing high schools from Westchester County to Western New York present the results of original scientific research before 600+ fellow students, teachers, mentors and judges at the Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (Upstate NY JSHS).

Contact Us

Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
University in the High School Program, University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue, Management Services Center 312
Albany, NY 12222
Phone: 518-442-4148, Fax: 518-442-4135
[email protected]
Len Behr, Co-Director of JSHS, [email protected]

General JSHS Information
About the Symposium

Each spring in Albany, NY, young scientists representing high schools from Westchester County to Western New York present the results of original scientific research before 600+ fellow students, teachers, mentors and judges at the Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (Upstate NY JSHS).

For most students, these presentations represent the culmination of a three year Science Research in the High School program that unites students, teachers and mentors in a common research experience. This program has cultivated future scientists from schools in every region of the state.

The high school students chosen to present at the Upstate NY JSHS are finalists from sub-regional forums. Of the hundreds of students who present their papers at these sub-regional forums, only forty-three are chosen statewide to present at the Upstate NY JSHS in Albany.

On the first day of the Upstate NY JSHS, one finalist is chosen from each of five concurrent sessions. On the second day of the symposium, all of the first round winners present before a new team of judges and are ranked from one to five. Scholarships are awarded to first, second, and third place winners. All finalists are given an expense paid trip to compete in the National JSHS.

Over the past twenty years, the Upstate NY JSHS has produced more than five first or second place winners at the National JSHS.

In addition to student presentations and awards, the symposium features a keynote address by a current scientist, and workshops for students and teachers by scientists and scholars working in a variety of fields.

Major funding and support for the Upstate NY JSHS comes from the University at Albany, the National Science Teaching Association, and the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.

Awards Offered

Regional Speaker Presentation Competition

  • 1st place speaker presentation finalist will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
  • 2nd place speaker presentation finalist will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
  • 3rd place speaker presentation finalist will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Scholarships payable upon matriculation and upon meeting the JSHS scholarship conditions.
  • The top 5 presenters in the final session are invited for an expense-paid trip to the National JSHS.
  • 1st and 2nd place finalists are invited to present their research in a speaker session at National JSHS.
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th place finalists are invited to present their research in a poster session at National JSHS.

Regional Poster Presentation Competition

  • 1st place presenters in each group will receive a $100 award.

Teachers

  • A $500 award to one teacher at each of the 48 regionals, honoring the individual teacher's and his or her school's contributions to advancing student participation in research.

National JSHS Finalists

  • A $12,000 tuition scholarship is awarded to each of the 1st place finalists.
  • An $8,000 tuition scholarship is awarded to each of the 2nd place finalists.
  • A $4,000 tuition scholarship is awarded to each of the 3rd place finalists.
  • 1st place poster presenters receive a $350 award.
Judges' Decisions

The directors of the Upstate NY JSHS and its affiliates make every effort to ensure that the judges at all Sub-Regional Symposia and at the Upstate New York Regional Symposium are the best judges available. All of the speaker presenters at sub-regionals are judged by research professionals whenever possible and by persons proficient in pertinent science fields when a research professional is not available. All of the speakers at the Upstate Regional are judged only by research professionals.

At both the sub-regional and regional levels, the decisions of the judges are final, irrevocable, and may not be questioned by anyone. In the rare event that the directors find a judge to be unsuitable, for whatever reasons, that judge is simply not asked to return to future symposia.

Student presenters who want feedback on their performance may speak with room moderators who sit in on the judging and are able to comment on the students’ strengths and weaknesses. The JSHS sub-regional and regional judges are not to be contacted for comment by presenters. The room moderators provide verbal comment only and that comment is open only to the student presenter and teacher. It is not open to classmates, friends, and others. It is also not to be recorded other than as that student’s notes.

Teachers, parents, and students please note: Attendance at the Upstate JSHS or either of the sub-regional symposia that feed into it, implies understanding and acceptance of the above.

JSHS Scholarship Form

Registration Materials

Call for Participation

We invite you and your science research students to participate in the 36th Annual Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, showcasing the best in science from high schools across Upstate New York.

Whether this is your first year or you are a veteran teacher of science research, you and your students have a lot to gain from the JSHS experience. Past presenters, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in the science industry, cite the JSHS experience as pivotal to their success. The level of science achieved by the student presenters at JSHS is remarkable. Attending the symposium is one of the best ways to interest and motivate young, new-to-research students to pursue scientific study.

All presenters at the Upstate NY JSHS are finalists from two sub-regional symposia: Eastern New York, and Westchester/Rockland.

Please refer to this website for all the guidelines, forms and criteria you, your students, and guests will need to participate as presenters or attendees for both the sub-regional and Upstate JSHS. It is important that the guidelines are followed precisely. Encourage your student presenters to review the entire website for a full understanding of what is expected of them and how the content and presentation of their research will be judged.

Download the Call for Participation

Registration Link, Form and Policy, and Permission Form
Tentative Schedule
Wednesday, March 10, 2021


9:30am –9:55am
General Welcome Session
All must attend

10:00am –2:30pm
Concurrent Speaker Presentations

Room will lock one minute prior to each presentation and remain locked until the end of Q&A.

2:30pm –3:30pm
Judges Deliberation

3:30pm –4:30pm
Awards Ceremony
-Keynote Address
-Art and Science winner announced
-Announcements for Thursday’s schedule
-Speaker session winners announced

 

Thursday, March 11, 2021


9:15am –9:30am
Welcoming Remarks

9:30am –12:00pm
Final Speaker Sessions

12:00pm –1:00pm
Judges’ Deliberation

1:00pm –1:30pm
Awards Ceremony
-Poster winners announced
-Final winners announced
-Closing remarks

Student Presenters

Student Presenter Abstract Guidelines

Preparing Your Abstract

The format for the 250 word abstract includes: 1 inch margins, keyed in 12 point font (Times New Roman), with justified alignment. Abstracts must be adequate in length but not exceed these specifications. The header preceding the abstract body must include:

  • Title of the research (bolded and properly capitalized)
  • Authors’ Name(s)
  • High School Name, High School City, High School State
  • Name of Teacher/Mentor/Sponsor and his/her Affiliation. Precede the individual's name with a title (i.e., Teacher, Mentor, Sponsor)
  • Include one line of space between the heading and the abstract body

Please carefully proofread your submission. Abstracts will not be retyped or edited.

The abstract should accurately convey the essential nature of the research conducted and the most significant conclusions reached. A further purpose of the abstract is to attract the interest and curiosity of the non-specialist reader and thus encourage exchange, discussion, and elaboration between various authors and between authors and readers.

Content

  • What you did, how you did it, what it means, why you did it and what you found.
  • Citing of experimentation completed by submission date.(Anticipated experimentation or results should not be included.)
  • Diagrams, if used, must be drawn in black ink.
  • Reference to a specific procedure should be restricted to a description of the process employed.
  • State results, conclusions or findings clearly and concisely.
  • Credit any financial sponsorship at the end of the abstract: “Research supported by ...”*

Important: Within 72 hours following your sub-regional symposium you must email your abstract as a Microsoft Word document (.docx) and your research paper as a PDF (.pdf). The research paper must include the Statement of Outside Assistance. This will not count toward the twenty page maximum for your paper. Send all to: Leslie Hayner, Upstate NY JSHS Coordinator ([email protected]).

Download the student abstract guidelines

Student Presenter Paper Guidelines

Guidelines for Preparing Your Research Paper

Your research should be original, if not completely unique. It must report findings not previously cited in scientific literature. It is important that:

  • Content and style be consistent with professional scientific conference papers. Consult your mentor or your teacher for proper format for your project.
  • Your research is concise and progresses logically from hypothesis to conclusion.
  • Conclusions (negative, positive or inconclusive) demonstrate that you attempted to prove your hypothesis using scientific principles.
  • Correct grammar and spelling are used. Neatness and good presentation are also important.

Format

  • 8 ½” X 11” white paper.
  • One inch margins all around.
  • 20 page maximum, 1.5 spaced (In counting pages, count: Abstract, Review of Literature, Statement of Purpose, Methods and Materials, Results, Discussion, Conclusions and Significance of Findings and any graphs or charts. Do not count Table of Contents, Certifications, Lists of Figures, References or Citations.)
  • Times New Roman 12 point font.
  • Each page must include a header with only your last name and page number.

Paper Content

  • Cover Page must include: Your Name, School Name, and Project Title.
  • Acknowledgement of major assistance.
  • The Abstract Paragraph must be included – not the Abstract Form.
  • Table of Contents organized by topics and sub-topics and include the page numbers on which each begins.
  • Lists of Figures and Tables follow the Table of Contents and list graphs, drawings, tables, photographs by page number.
  • Introduction or the abstract paragraph.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Methods and Materials.
  • Results (data or findings).
  • Discussion and Conclusion.
  • References or Literature Cited: References must be cited at least once in the paper and listed at the end of the paper. Citations (footnotes, endnotes) are required for important statements of facts or opinions taken from written sources. Each citation to a reference should be given in the body of the text in the style of scientific journal articles.
  • Statement of Outside Assistance must be at the end of the paper.
  • Submit one copy of your research paper bound with slide-on spine report cover (do not staple, bind or clip).

*Inaccurate or incomplete submissions will not be considered*

Download the student paper guidelines

Poster Presenter Guidelines

Guidelines for Submission

Preparing Your Poster

Posters are graphic representations of completed research and experimentation. Though poster presenters will submit a narrative discussing the contents of their poster, the poster itself should be able to “stand alone” in presenting the experimentation.

The emphasis is on science, not art. Be sure your display is organized and illustrative of your research and experiments. Bulleting information is recommended.

Poster Specifications

  • Posters must be consistent with National JSHS competition dimensions. Failure to adhere to these parameters will result in disqualification of the project from competition.
    • Poster dimensions are 36" high x 48"wide.
    • Header boards are allowed and must be no larger than 10” high x 36” wide. The Header board should only contain a title.
    • Posters must be viewed as a one-page PDF, with the ability to zoom in and out.
    • We recommend using PowerPoint to create your poster, and setting a custom slide size.
    • Save your poster file as “Last Name, First Name – Poster” (Smith, Jane – Poster)
  • Display should be organized and professionally exhibited to enhance the presentation and meaning of the research; however, it should not overpower the scientific content.

Narrative Specifications

  • Narratives may be any length up to 650 words, but no longer than that.
  • Narratives should not be your abstract, but the abstract may be incorporated into it.
  • Be sure it is clear and concise.
  • The narrative is your chance to sell your poster to an audience of judges.
  • Save your narrative file as “Last Name, First Name – Narrative” (Smith, Jane – Narrative).

Restrictions

The following is not allowed as part your poster competition:

  • Literature searches or descriptions of anticipated experiments
  • Research apparatus or handouts

1st Submission – Due 72 hours post sub-regional – Send to [email protected]ny.edu

  • Research paper as a PDF (.pdf)
  • Statement of Outside Assistance
  • Abstract as a Microsoft Word document (.docx)
    This submission confirms your intent to present your poster at Upstate NY JSHS.

2nd Submission – Due March 2, 2021 – Send to [email protected]

  • Poster as a PDF
  • Narrative as a PDF
  • Subject of the email: Last Name, First Name – Poster Presenter (Smith, Jane – Poster Presenter)
  • Include your name, high school and teacher in the body of the email.

 

Download poster presenter guidelines

Speaker Presenter Guidelines

Guidelines for Presentation

Presentation

The goal is to make the research you have undertaken understandable and compelling to each and every member of the audience. You must present the process and importance of your work --through concept, research, experimentation and results.

Prepare 12 minutes of uninterrupted oral presentation including visual aids. Your presentation will be timed and managed by a Moderator. The Moderator will stand to signal you when there are only two minutes remaining for your presentation. If necessary, the Moderator will also tell you to stop once you reach your twelve minutes. The Moderators will also manage the question period after your talk.

Important: During the question and answer period, students may not show any slides that were not part of their 12-minute presentation.

Practice your presentation to perfect the timing and identify gaps or weaknesses. It should be an unhurried interpretation of your visual aids which outline:

  • Concise review of literature.
  • Experimentation.
  • Results and their significance.
  • Graph variables and distribution of data should be identified and the significance stated.

Audio Visual Aids

You must bring a copy of your presentation on a USB drive.All presentations must be loaded in advance of the opening ceremony onto the computer in your session room. Presentations must be compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint (preferably saved as a .pptx file). You will be notified of your session room, presentation time and type of computer you’ll be using at least one week prior to the symposium. For technical assistance and/or questions about format, you may contact Len Behr ([email protected]) a minimum of ten days before the symposium.

Suggestions:

  • Limit each of your PowerPoint slides to a main idea (15 –20 words).
  • Use several simple slides vs. one complex slide.
  • Avoid crowded tabular data.
  • Use a series of slides for progressive disclosure of information.
  • Use duplicate slides to refer to the same slide again, (e.g. slide for hypothesis and the same slide as the basis for the conclusion).
  • Test visibility of slides – especially graphs. When preparing text to be photographed, measure the maximum dimension of the area on paper in inches, then stand the same number of feet away (i.e., If the text area is 9 inches, stand nine feet away) to determine if the text can be easily read.

Speaker presenters at the Upstate NY JSHS must register for the entire symposium and stay through the awards ceremony on Wednesday evening. Absence may only be authorized by Upstate NY JSHS Directors. Students should be prepared to present a second time on Thursday morning, should they be chosen to do so.

Speaker presenters must also be prepared with a decision to accept or decline their spot as an Upstate NY delegate at National JSHS 2021.

National JSHS will be April 14-17 in Boston, MA

Download the speaker presentation guidelines

Statement of Outside Assistance

Student finalists presenting their research paper at the Regional and National symposium must complete this form and submit with the final research Paper.

National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium Statement of Outside Assistance

Mentor, Teacher and Student Certifications

The Student, Teacher and Scientist Certifications are the last pages of the research paper.

Scientist Mentor Certification    Teacher Certification    Student Certification

Teachers

Role of Teachers

When the student’s work is ready to present at the regional symposium, it is the teacher’s responsibility to:

  • Submit to JSHS Coordinator:
    • Registration form
    • Registration policy
    • Permission forms for students
    • Payment
  • Ensure all members attending register on CVENT.
  • Chaperone students during sub-regional and regional JSHS.
  • Ensure that student presenters follow all the requirements and guidelines for participating in the Upstate NYJSHS (such as, submitting research papers with necessary forms signed; submit abstract in proper form to the JSHS Coordinator ([email protected]) on time, three days after the sub-regional symposia).
  • Teachers may be asked to serve as moderators. If you’d like to volunteer, contact the JSHS Coordinator at [email protected].
Role of Moderators

Teachers who have no association with or allegiance to the student speakers will serve as moderators during the speaker presentations.

The moderator is responsible for timing and managing the speaker presentation. Moderators ensure that presentations do not exceed 12 minutes and that the speaker is signaled when there are less than two minutes left in his/her presentation time.

At the end of twelve minutes, if the speaker is not finished, the moderator must interrupt the speaker with an admonition that he/she may finish the sentence they are on and then stop speaking.

Moderators manage questions at the conclusion of the presentations and gather the judging results. Moderators also attend the judging sessions and compile brief, constructive critiques for verbal feedback to students and teachers upon request.

Moderators do not pose questions to the student presenters.

Moderator Instructions

General Duties

  • Introduce each speaker’s name and title of research (refer to abstracts). We recommend asking each speaker in advance for the proper pronunciation of their names and terms used in their presentation titles.
  • Introduce Judges (refer to program).
  • Announce to audience:
    • Keep themselves on mute in Zoom. (A UHS staff member will mute everyone.)
    • No photographs or videos may be taken.
    • Announce presentation schedule (below) and ask speakers to acknowledge you (by nod) when moderators signal the two minute warning.
    • No coaching of any kind is allowed from any member of the audience.

Each student’s presentation must adhere to the following timeline:

  • Twelve (12) minutes is allotted for each student’s uninterrupted oral presentation.
  • When precisely ten (10) minutes have elapsed in the presentation, briefly indicate that there are two (2) minutes remaining. (You may verbally say “2 minute warning”) Be sure the student acknowledges you.
  • When precisely twelve (12) minutes have elapsed, signal that the student must stop presenting by saying “Presentation Complete.” Student must stop immediately. Begin taking questions.
  • During question and answer period, students may not show slides that were not part of their 12 minute presentation. Only the judges may ask questions.

Schedule

It is imperative that the following schedule be followed exactly. This schedule allows approximately 13 minutes between speakers.

See schedule on instruction pdf

Managing Questions

It is the moderator’s responsibility to monitor and manage questions.

  • Five minutes are allowed for Questions and Answers per presentation.
  • Be sure the student repeats the question so everyone hears.
  • Invite questions from only the judges.
  • No more than two consecutive questions should come from the same person.
  • Disallow any questions that, in your judgment, are designed to embarrass or denigrate.

At the end of the judges’ deliberations, the moderator conveys the judges’ decisions to the Upstate NY JSHS Coordinator.

Download Moderator Instructions

Final Session Recorder Instructions

Instructions

The Final Session Recorder has the responsibility of sitting in on the deliberations of the finalist judges, and does the following:

Records judges’ comments on each of the five student finalists.

This includes:

  • What the judges liked about the presentation and/or research
  • What elements could have been improved
  • What elements should be added
  • What elements should be deleted from the presentation

Judges’ comments will no longer be handed out at the symposium in handwritten form. Upon request, the Recorder will verbally relay any comments made by the judges to the teachers and/or student presenters.

The results of the final deliberations will determine:

  • A first place winner and second place winner who will go on to compete as oral presenters at National JSHS
  • Third place winner who is an alternate in the event 1st or 2nd place winner cannot compete at the National JSHS, but will present their poster.
  • Fourth & fifth place winner, will present their poster.

Do not give papers back to students.

Download final session recorder instructions

Role of Scientist Mentors

Mentors are the guiding force behind the success of students presenting their work at JSHS. Through the Science Research in the High School program, students work closely with a mentor who assists them with their scientific research. The mentor -- from the sciences, academia or the business world -- provides the impetus and guidance a student needs to bring his/her research topic through the stages of experimentation and analysis to the conclusions and, indeed, revelations, that are unveiled at the JSHS. Mentors are encouraged to attend the JSHS.

Judges

Role of Judges

Sub-regional Symposia

Wherever possible, only current research professionals are invited to serve on the panel of judges for each sub-regional symposium. At the least, all judges have master’s level science proficiency.The judges evaluate the submissions of abstracts and research papers and select the students whose original experimental research distinguishes them in the speaker or poster categories.

While each sub-regional symposium is structured slightly differently, all judges follow defined criteria for choosing winners. Ranking and advancement to the regional symposium is determined by each sub-regional judging panel.


Regional Symposium

At the regional level, all judges are either university science professors or current research professionals at other local institutions. The majority of our judges see this symposium as a valuable asset to the local science community and serve for many years. As the symposium has grown, we have added new judges to the list each year. A broad selection of researchers are invited from both the University at Albany and several other local research institutions such as Albany College of Pharmacy, RPI, G.E. Global, Wadsworth Labs and others.

Poster Judge Duties, Criteria and Score Sheet

Duties and Judging Criteria

Poster contestants will email a PDF of their poster and a narrative explaining their research. They will be grouped alphabetically, not by specific discipline.

As you review each poster (you may need to zoom in on certain areas) and narrative, please fill out the score sheet. After your scores have been tallied, fill out the excel spreadsheet for your group. If there is a tie for first place, please write the distinction for whom you think deserves the first place spot in your group in an email. Only the first place winners of each group will be announced.

Each judge will receive a group of poster submissions on Wednesday, March 4, 2021.

Submit your score sheets to [email protected] by Monday, March 8, 2021.

Students’ poster presentation are judged based upon the following criteria:

  • Review of Literature (10)
    • Background information and prior research
    • Organized in chronological or logical order leading to purpose or rationale.
  • Statement of Purpose/Hypothesis (10)
    • Identifies the hypothesis the research is based upon
    • Statements are clear, concise and thorough
  • Methods and Materials (15)
    • Methods are demonstrated effectively through diagrams or flowcharts
    • A reproducible protocol is described
  • Results (20)
    • Observations are clearly presented in labeled tables, graphs, photos, etc.
  • Analysis and Discussion (25)
    • Appropriate statistical analyses have been done
    • Graphs, tables, photos, etc. are clearly explained
  • Conclusions (20)
    • Clear, concise statement of results
    • Conclusions relate to hypothesis or original statement of purpose

Download Poster Judge Duties and Criteria

Poster Judge Fillable Score Sheet

Speaker Judge Duties, Criteria and Score Sheet

Session Judges (Wednesday):Your task is to select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from your session based upon the student’s oral PowerPoint presentation.

Final Session Judges (Thursday): Your task is to rank the five finalists from 1st through 5th place.

Students’ presentations are judged based upon the following criteria:

NOTE: Points listed are to serve as guidelines only and are not used to “score” presentations.

  • Review of Literature (10)
    • Background information and prior research
  • Originality of Investigation and Topic (10)
    • Identifies the hypothesis the research is based upon
    • Statements are clear, concise and thorough
    • Shows student was involved in designing protocols
  • Quality of Experimentation and Research (20)
    • States scientific principles employed
    • Makes use of statistical tools
    • Identifies variables
    • Exhibits laboratory skills
  • Evidence of Student’s Knowledge and Understanding (20)
    • Interprets data
    • Solves problems
    • Answers questions
  • Quality of Oral and Written Presentation (15)
    • Clear, concise statements emanating from results
    • Material is well organized
    • Conclusions relate to the original statement of purpose
  • Significance of Findings (10)
    • Findings may be applied to the “real world”
    • New hypotheses
    • Future research to be conducted
  • Acknowledgement of Major Assistance (15)
    • Acknowledges all direct assistance
    • Acknowledges assistance in selecting topic, planning course of research and gathering data

Questions

Moderators keep time and manage questions. They are instructed to rule out of order questions that are inappropriate. Questions should:

  • Refer only to the student’s presentation
  • Be brief and concise
  • Be limited to two consecutive questions per judge. Each presenter’s research paper is provided to clarify any points made in the presentations that brief questioning cannot answer.

Students have been given the judging criteria and the following instructions:

  • Prepare a 12 minute uninterrupted oral presentation timed and managed by Moderators. The Moderator will indicate briefly when 10 minutes have elapsed, indicating the presentation has two minutes remaining.
  • At 12 minutes, the Moderator indicates again and asks for questions from judges. Students must stop even if presentation is not finished. Continuing may reflect negatively on their presentation.
  • The presentation should be an unhurried interpretation of visuals which outlines: review of literature, experimentation, results and significance of the results.
  • All presentations should include:
    • Introduction/review of literature
    • Results/conclusions/significance of findings
    • Methods and materials
    • Statement of purpose
    • Discussion

Audio Usage: No audio or background music is permitted other than sounds that are an integral part of the research. The speaker must do all narration.

Handouts or scientific equipment are not permitted.

Download Speaker Judge Duties and Criteria

Speaker Judge Score Sheet

Sub-Regional Symposia

Westchester/Rockland JSHS

2021

  • Location: Zoom
  • Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
  • Deadline for Registration: October 23, 2020
  • Deadline for Students’ Paper & Abstract Submission: November 30, 2020

Guidelines for students can be found on this website.

Teachers requiring further information or assistance may contact Ann Marie Lipinsky or Len Behr.

Eastern NY JSHS

2022

  • Location: Zoom
  • Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022
  • Deadline for Registration: December 16, 2021
  • Deadline for Students’ Paper & Abstract Submission: December 16, 2021

Registration Information

Guidelines for students can be found on this website.

Teachers requiring further information or assistance may contact Regina Reals or Len Behr.

Central Western NY JSHS

2021

  • Location: Zoom
  • Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Deadline for Online Registration: February 12, 2021
  • Deadline for Students’ Paper & Abstract Submission: February 12, 2021

Registration Information

Teachers must submit the Registration Form to Len Behr with student presenters’ research paper, statement of outside assistance and abstract.

Guidelines for students can be found on this website.

Teachers requiring further information or assistance may contact Len Behr.

Previous JSHS

The 36th Annual Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium was held on March 10 & 11, 2021.

View the Program

The winners from the final session are listed below. Congratulations to all!
 
Speaker Final Session Winners:
 
1st Place: Alexa Shaw, “A Short Bout of Exercise with an Immersive Virtual Reality Game Reduces Stress and Anxiety in Adolescents:  A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
2nd Place: Adam Oppenheimer, “An Investigation of Blazar Jet Variability through an Analysis of Ton 599
3rd Place: Olivia Canter, “Birds of a feather age together: Telomere dynamics and social behavior predict lifespan in female Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)
4th Place: Grace Mango, “Comparing the Utilization of Inorganic and Organic Phosphate in Blue-green Algal Growth
5th Place: Mia Dittrich, “Epigenetic editing of Cdk5 leads to sexually dimorphic stress responses
  
The top five speaker finalists from the Upstate NY Junior Science and Humanities Symposium qualified to be our region’s delegates at the 59th National JSHS. This year’s National JSHS was held April 14-17, 2021. 
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 36th Annual Upstate NY JSHS!