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Texas Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Texas high school students present their original research in a professional arena.

Texas Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (TJSHS)

Texas Junior Science & Humanities Goals

The Texas Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (TJSHS) goals are to promote original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level, and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement. Texas JSHS provides an opportunity for Texas high school students to present the results of their original research in a professional arena. Students who participate in the symposia also have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, interact with practicing researchers, and explore future academic and career opportunities. Texas JSHS Program is a research presentation event.


High school teachers (Sponsors) are encouraged to nominate up to five students from the same school. Nominees are to submit an abstract of their original research prepared in accordance with the guidelines. A panel of preliminary judges will select the top 8 abstracts in 8 categories to present their research at the Symposium. Those selected will be notified of their selection and given additional instructions for full entry. All others will be declined and encouraged to continue to research and resubmit in future years.

Entry Fee

The non-refundable registration fee is $75.00 per Sponsor/Guest and $20 parking pass if applicable. Please see the Forms and Due Dates page for details.

There is no fee for student participants.


All students and sponsors invited to attend the Texas JSHS are expected to attend all symposium activities. We cannot cover the expenses of participants who do otherwise.

NOTE: Maximum of 5 nominations per school
High school teachers are invited to nominate up to five students from each school who have conducted original research. No more than five nominations per school will be accepted.


Hotel arrangements are made for all participants and sponsors and paid for by the Texas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. All room assignments for sponsors and students are made (and paid for) by our office as part of the JSHS grant. If you have additional guests coming with you, they should make their own reservations as soon as possible.

Sponsors will room one sponsor per room. Students will room with other same-gender students up to three students per room.


All meals on Friday will be provided on a scheduled basis. Presentation room assignments and meal information will be included in the packet received at time of check-in. A non-refundable registration fee of $75 per person for sponsors and observers is the only cost to invited participants and is due upon receipt of "Intention to Participate" and Release Forms. This covers three meals, one night’s lodging, scheduled sessions, and all taxes.


The 1st place finalist of the research paper competition will receive a $2,000 undergraduate tuition-based scholarship; the 2nd place $1,500; and the 3rd place $1,000. Additionally, 1st and 2nd place have the opportunity to compete for scholarships at the National JSHS (3rd, 4th, and 5th place regional finalists will receive an expense-paid trip as observers to the National JSHS).

Judging Support

College of Arts and Sciences Outreach realizes that in any competition, differences of opinion about the judges’ interpretations may occur. It is the policy of the Outreach Programs to support the interpretations and final decisions of the judges panel.