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. DOWNLOAD THE FINAL PROGRAM. (PDF)

Registration and light breakfast starts at 8am both days in the Healey Family Student Center Great Room. (map) (transportation)

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 seminars.

JSHS March 8-9, 2018 Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Ian Lyons is interested in how the Mind/Brain works (Brind? Mrain?). Moderately more specifically, he's interested in how the Brind/Mrain does math. What are the cognitive and neural precursors that allow children to understand basic numerical and mathematical concepts? What role does culture play? For instance, is education essentially a requirement for most humans to grasp even basic mathematics? If so, then what can psychology and neuroscience tell us about how to improve math education? What can math education tell us about how to improve psychology and neuroscience? Dr. Lyons is from Colorao though technically  was born in Virginia. He's always wanted to be a scientist with a brief digression the few years after college he spent wandering around China. He received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Chicago, though technically my dissertation was in cognitive neuroscience – which is the study of how the Brind/Mrain works! Then he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario. In 2016, he joined the Psychology Department at Georgetown University and started the Mathematical Brain Lab.

Dr. Bill Rebeck studies genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease using cell culture and animal models. He received his AB in Chemistry from Cornell University in 1982 and his PhD in Toxicology from Harvard University in 1991. He began studying Alzheimer’s Disease on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He examined the intersection of genetics and neuropathology of Alzheimer’s Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he became a leader in the role of the APOE gene in Alzheimer’s disease risk. In 2003, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University in the Department of Neuroscience. In 2013-14, he served as Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and in 2015 he earned an MFA in Creative Writing. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and formerly was the Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Neuroscience.

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:

Bill Rebeck, PhD
Maria Fe Lanfranco, PhD
Blythe Shepherd, PhD
Jan LaRoque, PhD
Kathy Conant, MD
Ed Meyertholen, PhD
Kaela Singleton
Mun Chun Chan, PhD

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. 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. Ed Healton, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences & Executive Dean, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Professor, Department of Neurology and Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (MGUH) in Healey Family Student Center Great Room

9:10 am: Morning Keynote: The Unnatural Brain: Learning and Plasticity with Dr. Ian Lyons 
9:50 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 (112, 262, 103)

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 tours are assigned here.

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: What's Your Risk of Getting Alzheimer's disease? by Dr. Bill Rebeck
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: Gravitational Waves and Light from Colliding Neutron Stars by Dr. Bethany Kobb Cung
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