Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium

March 21 & 22, 2019

Ocean County College - Toms River, NJ 


The primary goal of the Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium (JSJSS) is to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level, and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement. The two-day event includes presentations from New Jersey high school students on their individual science research projects. Schools are welcome to register and attend as observers.

Following the presentations at Ocean County College on March 21, 2019, all students and their teachers are invited to attend the JSJSS Poster Presentation. A science-based escape room challenge will be held during this general poster session where students compete for ribbons, gift certificates, etc. The students whose papers have been selected for presentation at (Ocean County College) or poster presentation at the JSJSS Banquet (TBA) will be notified in January 2019. Papers not selected for the above will be invited to participate in the JSJSS General Poster Session (Health & Human Performance Center, Ocean County College) March 21, 2019.  

Students who choose to submit a research paper, and are selected to present during the JSJSS technical sessions, compete for extensive awards including various combinations of the following:

  • Undergraduate tuition scholarships to college of choice: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000
  • Expense paid trip to National JSHS
  • Advance to the National JSHS and compete for: $12,000, $8,000 and $4,000 undergraduate scholarships
  • Independently of the JSJSS additional awards are offered by: AFCEA, AUSA, SAME, NDIA, NJ Sea Grant Consortium, and Aspen Corporation
  • See our list of Scholarships and Awards for more information

Costs for housing and planned meal functions during the Symposium are covered by the JSJSS. Transportation is the responsibility of the local school district. There is no registration fee to attend the Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium. All students, teachers, and volunteers will register online. REGISTER HERE

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Dates to keep in mind

  • Registration and abstracts due - December 5, 2018
  • Research papers due - January 7, 2019
  • Finalists Orientation - February 8, 2019
  • Rehearsal - March 1, 2019
  • JSJSS - March 21 - 22, 2019
  • JSJSS Banquet - March 21, 2019
Additional Information

The Army Education Outreach Program's (AEOP) Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program is jointly sponsored by the  Army, Navy, and Air Force, in cooperation with leading research universities throughout the nation. The Department of Defense generously provides funding for the National symposium and JSHS scholarships.  

This year's 2019 JSJSS will include five topic areas sponsored by the Army. One will be for the Best in Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Science (Additive Manufacturing), for qualified papers from selected students whose research papers apply to this field. The next will be from selected papers that qualify for Best in Robotics & Autonomy. The third will be for Best in Computing, Computer Science & Engineering, among the qualified papers from selected students across this field. The fourth will be for Best in Aerospace & Astrophysics, among the relevant papers submitted by students in this field. The fifth will be for the Best in Environmental & Earth Sciences.

These winners or 1st runner-ups selected from each topic area by Picatinny Arsenal, will receive an invitation to participate as a mentor in support of a week-long summer STEM enrichment program, which includes a presentation of their paper, and a one-day demonstration of our facilities with Army experts, of the respective science topics from this year's symposium. Qualified participants will receive a monetary stipend for the week.