The 2021 New Jersey Junior Science & Humanities Symposium at Rutgers University


The New Jersey Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (NJJSHS) at Rutgers University is an annual research fair held at Rutgers University that celebrates high school students’ novel investigations in science, engineering, and mathematics. Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. In order to be eligible for participation, you must be a high school student who lives in New Jersey.  The NJJSHS is a regional competition of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS).   

The JSHS Program is a tri-service – U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force – sponsored STEM competition that promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation.

Endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), JSHS regional and national symposium are held during the academic year and reach more than 8,000 high school students and teachers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Schools of Europe and the Pacific Rim. Students must first participate in their regional symposia where they compete for selection to present at the national symposium each year. National Website:

This year, the symposium will take place virtually.  The regional symposium will celebrate a group of top oral and poster presenters for their admittance into the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.  Our symposium will also recognize the top three researchers in each of the eight poster research categories.




Important Dates

  • Teacher/School Registration is due November 27, 2020
    • An email will be sent to all registered teachers with a Zoom workshop.
  • Student Registration and Abstract are due December 4, 2020
  • Student Full Papers and Video are due January 6, 2021
  • Private Virtual Evaluations during the week of January 18-22, 2021
  • Finalists for NJJSHS at Rutgers University will be announced on February 12, 2021
  • Revised poster video walkthrough and oral defense due February 22, 2021.
  • NJJSHS at Rutgers University will be on March 1, 2021.



We are pleased to invite you and your school to participate in the Rutgers University Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, a science fair for high school students interested in science, mathematics, and technology research. Students who have undertaken their own scientific research, underclassmen who intend to conduct research in the future, and high school teachers are invited to participate in our symposium hosted by the Rutgers University’s School of Engineering on March 1, 2021.

To participate in the competitive portion of our program, students must have conducted STEM-related research and have elicited comprehensive and viable results and findings from their work. Teachers must register their school and nominate students by November 27th, 2020. This year, teachers can nominate as many students as they would like as long as they are confident that the work that is being produced by the students properly reflects their school. 

Students are only eligible to apply if they have been nominated by their teacher.  Students intending to apply must submit abstracts of 200 words or less giving an overview of their research by December 4, 2020. See the NJ JSHS at Rutgers Guidelines for more information on the presentation format.

For poster stage: Students must submit a digital form of their poster, in addition to a link to an “unlisted” YouTube link of their video of a walkthrough of their research poster by January 6, 2021

For oral stages: Students also must submit full research papers detailing their findings, in addition to a link to an “unlisted” YouTube link of their video presentation by January 6, 2021

Based on the research papers and videos, our committee of judges will select up to 5 of the top students, as Finalists, to give oral presentations of their work at our symposium in March. The judges will also select up to 50 other students, as Poster Finalists, to give poster presentations of their work at our symposium. All applicants will be notified of their status by February 12, 2021

Finalists compete for up to 3 expense paid trips to the National JSHS (April 14-17, 2021, in Boston, MA), as well as scholarships of $2,000; $1,500; $1,000. Poster finalists compete for 2 expense paid trips to nationals and additional prizes.

Students who have not yet conducted research or are just beginning their projects are welcome to attend the symposium as observers, but must register by December 4, 2020

For questions related to our symposium, please email  


If you would like to be added to the listserv to receive email updates regarding the symposium or when the registration link will be posted on this website in mid to late October, please complete this form. Both teachers and students are encouraged to fill out this form to receive updates for either their schools or for themselves. 


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