2018 will mark the 56th year for the Junior Science and Humanities Regional Symposium at Georgetown University! The 2018 Regional Symposium will take place on Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9, 2018. 

2018 Regional JSHS Dates and Deadlines

December 2017 - 2018 JSHS Regional Symposium registration opens - High School students and faculty - Register here
by 9:00AM EST on January 8, 2018 - Deadline for Research Paper Submission (including Supervising Scientist Form)
by Monday, January 29, 2018 - Authors of Research Paper submissions notified of their status
by Monday, February 5, 2018 - Final date for students to accept invitation to provide oral presentation 
by Monday, February 26, 2018 - Final date for registration to attend JSHS Regional Symposium (all presenters, all attendees!)

March 8-9, 2018 - Regional JSHS at Georgetown University

During the March 2018 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 8-9, 2018 Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Chandan Vaidya is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, Georgetown University and an investigator at the Children's Research Institute, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC. Her graduate training is in Developmental Psychology from Syracuse University and her post-doctoral training is in Cognitive Neuroscience from Stanford University. Dr. Vaidya's research program is focused upon characterizing the functional neural architecture of adaptive mechanisms during the life span. Adaptive mechanisms promote goal-directed behaviors that allow us to adjust effectively to our environment. Her research focuses on two types of adaptive mechanisms: 1) Processes that require little effort such as learning from environmental regularities without intention or conscious awareness (termed implicit memory and learning); and 2) Processes that are effortful such as voluntary control over thoughts and actions (termed executive control). Her studies investigate how these adaptive mechanisms differ across individuals. Sources of variance under investigation include but are not limited to, genetic functional polymorphisms of catecholamines (e.g., DAT, SERT), metabolic differences (e.g., obesity and its intervention), and psychiatric diagnoses (e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Schizophrenia). Dr. Vaidya's research involves multidisciplinary methods, comprising behavioral, neuropsychological, and structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging in children and adult populations. 

Dr. Bethany Cobb Kung is an astronomer who received her Ph.D. at Yale University in 2008 for research on massive stellar explosions called gamma-ray bursts. From 2008 - 2010 she did research at the University of California, Berkeley as a National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow. She is a profound science-fiction geek. She also enjoys sharing her love of astronomy with anyone who will listen! Dr. Cobb Kung's research interests include gamma-ray bursts and supernovae and various other time-domain astronomy topics (including cataclysmic variables and microquasars). She uses telescopes around the globe, including telescopes in Chile, Arizona and Hawaii, to study these phenomena at optical and infrared wavelengths. Recently, she used two telescopes in Chile (a 1.3m telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and the 8m Gemini-South telescope on Cerro Pach0n) to discover a supernova (SN 2009nz) associated with a gamma-ray burst that occurred on November 27, 2009.

JSHS March 8-9, 2018 Judges:

Dr. Bill Rebeck, Professor of Neuroscience

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. 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 Monday, January 8, 2018. All papers must be received by 9:00AM EST on this date, with no exceptions. Submit a research paper through the registration system.

Find detailed information about the required format for the research paper and submission procedures. View the rubric with which papers will be judged by Georgetown faculty reviewers.

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 (Monday, January 8, 2018). 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.


All students and teachers are asked to register through the JSHS CVENT system by Monday, February 26, 2018.

DC: All DC Schools are welcome to participate in DC JSHS.
Maryland: High schools "inside the beltway" are welcome to participate in DC JSHS.
Virginia: Starting in 2019, schools in the counties of Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington will participate in DC JSHS only (not VA JSHS). 

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

STEM Opportunities

Learn more about STEM opportunities through the Army Educational Outreach Program.

2018 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. Find more information on shuttle schedules and locations.

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. Read more information. 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 8, 2018

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
9:45 am: Break and move to Reiss Building classrooms for student research presentations - Read student presenters' bios and presentation titles here!

10:00 am: Student Research Presentations in Reiss Classrooms 

Reiss 112 

Reiss 262 

Reiss 264 

11:15 am: End of presentations; Students and teachers pick up boxed lunch in Healey Family Student Center Great Room.
11:30 am (until 1:00pm): Student Poster Presentations with judging in Healey Family Student Center Great Room

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


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

Friday, March 9, 2018

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 
9:45 am: Break and move to Seminar #1 locations in Reiss classrooms - read about Seminar options here!
10:00am: Beginning of Seminar #1
10:30 am: End of Seminar #1; Move to Seminar #2 locations in Reiss 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 
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!)

Sponsors of the 2018 56th 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