Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Georgetown University


FINAL program for JSHS 2017 at GEorgetown University

Registration is now Closed for JSHS 2017 at Georgetown University. 

2017 will mark the 55th year for the Junior Science and Humanities Regional Symposium at Georgetown University! The 2017 Regional Symposium will take place on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10, 2017. 

2017 Regional JSHS Dates and Deadlines

December 2016 - 2017 JSHS Regional Symposium registration opens - Students and faculty - Register here!
by 11:59pm EST on January 13, 2017 - Deadline for Research Paper Submission (including Supervising Scientist Form)
by Monday, February 6, 2017 - Authors of Research Paper submissions notified of their status
by Friday, February 10, 2017 - Final date for students to accept invitation to provide oral presentation 
by Monday, February 27, 2017 - Final date for registration to attend JSHS Regional Symposium (all presenters, all attendees!)
March 9-10, 2017 - Regional JSHS at Georgetown University

During the March 2017 Symposium, participants will have the chance to visit laboratories on campus, hear from keynote speakers, learn about research projects conducted by their peers, and attend a seminar led by a professional scientist. We are limited to 200 students and will therefore honor registrations in the order received. 

JSHS March 9-10, 2017 Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Lisa Singh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgetown University. Her area of expertise are data mining, data science, and database systems. Her research interests include mining social networks, event mining, visual analytics, data reduction of large graph data sets, privacy and graph databases.

Dr. Caroline Solomon has been a faculty member at Gallaudet since 2000. She is also an adjunct at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, based at Horn Point Laboratory on Maryland's eastern shore. Currently, Dr. Solomon performs research on on nutrient dynamics and its influence on the phytoplankton assemblage in the Anacostia River  in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory.  She also studies urea utilization by different microbes in various coastal areas.

Dr. Richard Schlegel and his laboratory at Georgetown developed the technology for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, for which the dominant patent for the vaccine technology was awarded by the U.S. Patent Office in 2005. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the HPV vaccine for use in June 2006. 

JSHS March 9-10, 2017 Judges:

Dr. Bill Rebeck, Professor of Neuroscience
Dr. Bala Kalayanasundaram, Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Jan LaRocque, Department of Human Science
Kaela S. Singleton, PhD Student, Neuroscience
Dr. Micah Sherr, Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Maria Fe LanFranco, Post-doctoral fellow, Neuroscience
Dr. Patrick Forcelli, Pharmacology and Physiology
Dr. Rosemary Sokas, Department of Human Science

Please expand the areas below for information about submitting a research paper and registering for the Symposium. 

Submit a Research Paper 

All Washington, DC area high school students are invited to submit a research paper for consideration in the competition. The papers will be judged by a panel of Georgetown University faculty, and up to twenty-five papers will be chosen to be presented at the Symposium - up to 15 oral presentations and and up to 10 poster presentations.

The top five oral presenters will be invited to attend the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium hosted by the US Army from April 26-30, 2017 in San Diego, CA. The top two oral presenters will be invited to present papers at the National Symposium and the third, fourth, and fifth place students will present posters.

Three tuition scholarships will be awarded at our regional symposium. Students judged to have given the first, second, and third best oral presentations on March 10 will receive undergraduate tuition scholarships equal to $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000, respectively. Scholarships are payable upon college martriculation. 

The closing date for paper submissions is Friday, January 13, 2017. All papers must be received by 11:59pm EST on this date, with no exceptions.

Click here for detailed information about the required format for the research paper and submission procedures. To view the rubric with which papers will be judged by Georgetown faculty reviewers, please click here

Necessary materials for a complete research paper submission:

  • Contact Information for Mentor or Supervising Scientist: If the student conducted any substantial research in a scientist's laboratory or under the guidance of a mentor, the mentor or supervising scientist is required to fill out the Supervising Scientist Form by the paper submission deadline (Friday, January 13, 2017). The student is responsible for asking the Supervising Scientist to fill out the form. 
  • Completed Research Paper, following required format.
JSHS Poster Guidelines


  • Paper dimensions: 36” x 48”
  • Sections: Abstract, Introduction or Background, Methods or Methods and Materials, Results, Conclusions, Acknowledgements. Note that every section listed here should be included, but you may include more sections on your poster if necessary.
  • Select a font that is easily read from 3 feet. To test font size, zoom your powerpoint or PDF to 100% and stand 3 feet from  the screen. If the font can is legible from the screen, it will be legible on the poster.  In general, the title should be at least 60 pts, body and headings 30 pts, and text no smaller than 18 pts.
  • The template below is merely a guideline. There are no limitations of design or color in posters.

​JSHS Poster Template: 

Poster Tips:

  • Your poster should be understandable to a broad audience, not only people in your field. Be sure to include enough background to make your research as accessible as possible.
  • Judges will have a chance to review your posters before you present it. Be sure that you include enough information that the study can be generally understood without your explanation.
  • Make use of figures, graphs, and tables to make your poster visually appealing.
  • Avoid a text-heavy or crowded poster.
  • Images can become distorted when they are blown up on posters. Make sure to use high-resolution images and zoom in to check their appearance.

If you are a student interested in attending but unsure of whether your school participates in the Greater Washington JSHS, please email sciencefair@georgeotwn.edu

Note: Even if you have submitted a research paper for consideration, you must still register for the Symposium. This enables you to choose which sessions and laboratory tours you would like to attend during the event.

Registration and permission forms coming soon. 

STEM Opportunities

To learn more about STEM opportunities through the Army Educational Outreach Program click here.

2017 JSHS Information Please direct questions to scienceFair@georgetown.edu.

Getting to the JSHS

The Metro stations most convenient for the JSHS Regional Symposium are the Rossyln station and the Dupont Circle station at 20th & Q Streets, NW. Metrobus route G2 connects to the Metro subway at the Dupont Circle Metro station and stops at the Front Gates of Georgetown's campus at 37th & O Streets NW. 

Additionally, Georgetown University offers free shuttle services for students, faculty, staff, and visitors traveling to and from the university campus and the Rosslyn and Dupont Circle Metro stations. More information on shuttle schedules and locations can be found here.

Most activities will take place in the Healey Family Student Center and Reiss Science Building and Inter-cultural Center (ICC) Classrooms. Pick-up and drop-off are at the Main Gates, located at 37th & O Streets NW.

Check out this map of campus before you arrive. Signs will point you in the right direction as well. 

Please direct questions to sciencefair@georgetown.edu


Parking at Georgetown University is very limited. More information is available here. Teachers and school administrators are eligible for free parking. Contact sciencefair@georgetown.edu if you have not already received information about this benefit.

As off-campus (street) parking is hard to find in the Georgetown area, the use of public transportation is strongly encouraged when visiting the university.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

8:30 am: Registration and Light Breakfast in Healey Family Student Center Great Room
9:00 am: Opening Remarks  by Dr. Bill Rebeck in Healey Family Student Center Great Room
9:05 am: Morning Keynote by Dr. Lisa Singh, "Using data mining to understand the world around us" - Healey Family Student Center Great Room
9:45 am: Break and move to Reiss Building classrooms for student research presentations - Read student presenters' bios here!

10:00 am: Student Research Presentations in Reiss Classrooms 

Reiss 112 with Judges Dr. Bala Kalayanasundara, Dr. Bill Rebeck,  Kaela Singleton
1. Suzie Byun, Centennial High School
2. Mehana Daftary, Montgomery Blair High School
3. Isabella Faccone, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
4. Aja Johnson, The Maret School

Reiss 262 - with Judges Dr. Edward Meyertholen, Dr. Jan LaRoque, Nathanael Lee
1. Ethan Chen, Montgomery Blair High School
2. Danny Hemani, Centennial High School
3. Peter Holmes, The Potomac School
4. Sam Lossef, School Without Walls High School

Reiss 264 - with Judges Dr. Maria Fe LanFranco, Dr. Micah Sherr, Dr. Rosemary Sokas
1. Ana Humphrey, T.C. Williams High School
2. Ting Li, Centennial High School
3. Hannah Thomas, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
4. Linden Yuan, Montgomery Blair High School

11:15 am: End of presentations; Students and teachers pick up boxed lunch in Healey Family Student Center Great Room.
11:30 am (until 12:10pm): Student Poster Presentations with judging in Healey Family Student Center Great Room

1. Mikias Bekele, T.C. Williams High School
Exoskeleton Limbs: Enhancing Rescue Operations.
2. Yosaph Boku, Mount Vernon High School
Lactobacillus acidophilus as an alternative to EDTA in Chelation Therapy
3. Daniel Chen, Montgomery Blair High School
Investigating Android Backup Patterns in Changing Application Programming Interfaces
4. Martha Christino, T.C. Williams High School
The Effect of Visual Training on Visual Memory
5. Rose Duane, Yorktown High School
Limiting Pollution from Stormwater Runoff
6. Simin Li, Montgomery Blair High School 
Predicting Human Perception of the Material Properties of Fabrics under Variable Wind Speeds from Videos 
7. Juliana Lu-Yang, Montgomery Blair High School
Exploring Carbon Isotope Exchange Kinetics Between Carbonate and Carboxylic Acids Under Hydrothermal Conditions on Carbonaceous Chondrites
8. Wendy Shi, Montgomery Blair High School
An Accurate and Cost-Effective Method of Quantifying Soil Organic Carbon Using Hydrogen Peroxide Oxidation

12:00 pm: Off-Campus Lab Tours depart from Healey Family Student Center Great Room

Off-Campus Tours

12:15 pm:  On-Campus Lab Tours depart Healey Family Student Center Great Room
12:30-1:00pm: On-Campus Lab Tour #1
1:00pm-1:15pm: Move to On-Campus Lab Tour #2
1:15pm-1:45pm: On-Campus Lab Tour #2
1:45pm-2:00pm: Move to On-Campus Lab Tour #3
2:00pm-2:30pm: On-Campus Lab Tour #3
2:30pm: On-Campus Lab Tour groups return to Healey Family Student Center Great Room for dismissal

On-Campus Labs

Dr. Yuye Tong
Dr. Steve Metallo 
Dr. Rodrigo Maillard
Dr. Richard Weiss
Dr. Peter Armbruster
Dr. Jeff Urbach
Dr. Christian Wolf
Dr. Bill Rebeck
Dr. Rhonda Dzakpasu
Jasper Nijdam
Kaela Singleton and Vivianne Morrison

3:00pm: Off-Campus Lab Tours return for dismissal

Friday, March 10, 2017

8:30 am: Registration and Light Breakfast in Healey Family Student Center Great Room
9:00 am: Welcome Back and Announcements
9:05 am: Morning Keynote by Dr. Richard Schlegel, "Viruses and Cancer" - Healey Family Student Center Great Room
9:45 am: Break and move to Seminar #1 locations in Reiss and Intercultural-Center (ICC) classrooms
10:00am: Beginning of Seminar #1
10:30 am: End of Seminar #1; Move to Seminar #2 locations in Reiss and Intercultural-Center (ICC) classrooms
10:45 am: Beginning of Seminar #2
11:15 am: End of Seminar #2; Pick up lunch in Healey Family Student Center Great Room
12:00 pm: Return to Healey Family Student Center Great Room for Student Research Presentations by five student finalists
1:15 pm: Break
1:30 pm Afternoon Keynote by Dr. Caroline Solomon, "Swimming into Science" - Healey Family Student Center Great Room
2:15 pm: Recognition and Awards, Healey Family Student Center Great Room
2:30 pm: End of Regional Symposium; Optional campus tour (stay in Healey Family Student Center Great Room)

Seminars (Read more about the Seminars here!)

Dr. Mark Burns
Dr. Micah Sherr
Dr. Patrick Forcelli
Dr. Edward Meyertholen
Dr. Sonya Dumanis
Holly Surbaugh
Dr. Jim Freericks
Dr. Thomas Sherman
Brendan Burke ('16), Nkole Chisanga ('19), and Melissa Bernard ('16)

Sponsors of the 2017 55th anual Junior Science and Humanities Regional Symposium at Georgetown University include: 

  • U.S. Department of Army Research Office, Durham, N.C. 
  • U.S. Office of Naval Research 
  • U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Bolling Air Force Base 
  • The Academy of Applied Sciences