Applications Being Accepted for the West Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Friday, March 21st, 2014

West Virginia high school students with an interest in science, mathematics, computers, psychology or engineering have the opportunity to compete for scholarships and to participate in hands-on labs at the West Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (WV-JSHS), slated for April 4-5 on West Virginia Wesleyan’s campus. The competition is open to high school students in grades 9-12 (in public or private high schools, or students who are home schooled), and is sponsored through a joint partnership between the U.S. Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force.   Applications are being accepted until March 25.

Winners selected at the state level will go on to compete for additional scholarships at the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Washington, D.C.

“West Virginia students have been very successful at the national level,” said Dr. Jeanne Sullivan, professor of biology at Wesleyan and the WV-JSHS regional director. “West Virginia students have placed recently in the national competition, in categories that included mathematics, biological science, and environmental science.”

Travel to, and lodging at, the National JSHS is free to participating students and chaperones.

Interested students should plan to orally present research or engineering projects that they have done using presentation software (such as PowerPoint), and should be prepared to submit a research paper at the competition.  “I think the judges at the national level pay just as much attention to homegrown, teacher-led projects as they do to the ones developed in a university lab with a renowned researcher,” Sullivan said. “West Virginia students tend to do very well. Strong science fair projects translate well to the JSHS format, so students who are participating in science fairs should also consider competing in the WV-JSHS.”

Even if students do not have research that is ready to present, they can still attend the Symposium at Wesleyan and participate in the labs.

Participation in the state competition is free and lodging and meals are provided. The only expense associated with the symposium is the cost of travel to Wesleyan’s campus in Buckhannon. For more information and to apply, please email Dr. Jeanne Sullivan (sullivan@wvwc.edu).