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DoDDS-Europe at National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Bahrain | April 28, 2014

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The National JSHS Event: 52nd National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, April 23-27, 2014, Washington, D.C. The National JSHS brought together 230 high school students who qualify for attendance by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposia held at universities nationwide. Approximately 100 adult leaders, high school teachers, university faculty, ranking military guests, and others attend and join in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences. Five student winners from the European JSHS Regional represented JSHS Europe and presented original research. 

National Winner: A notable performance at National JSHS was by Garrett Davidson presenting his research entitled Can Mathematics Predict Popular Music? At Nationals Garrett was awarded 3rd place in Mathematics and Computer Science receiving a scholarship of $4000 to go along with the $2000.00 scholarshipand $250.00 in cash he was awarded at the European Regional JSHS. 

The JSHS Program: The JSHS program promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. JSHS is a tri-service supported project. It is sponsored and actively supported by the Academy of Applied Sciences, the US Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and matching funding is provided by DoDDS-Europe. JSHS is supported and endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). More information is available at this Website: JSHS is a competitive event that allows students to conduct original Scientific, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) research and present their findings. The European Regional JSHS is an event that highlights exemplary outcomes and communication of inquiry-based, long-term research. This type of research and the related scientific writing and oral presentation are aligned with DoDEA Science standards. Scientific Inquiry is an essential understanding in science. 

The High School Science Symposium: A generous grant and partnership from the Army (ASA ALT and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research) enabled us to design a novel program for the development of science concepts for students. This program primarily provided resources to students via the Web and email. The website was designed to facilitate conceptual understanding of the research process. Students from all over DoDDS-Europe began their JSHS research and experimentation in September of 2013. They incrementally submitted their work which was reviewed and feedback was given by our post-bachelor near-peer mentors. Our hope for this and future years is that our students will be given opportunities to form connections with scientists who review and give quality feedback to assist students with developing their research. These actions further our goal of exemplary science research experiences that inspire students to choose careers in the STEM areas. Additionally, we continued to revise and expand programs to emulate scientific conferences (science field studies, military and civilian scientists for judges, inspirational scientific speakers). This event embraces the inquiry science oral and written communication standards that form the backbone of future scientific endeavor. In addition, JSHS allows students to experience genuine scientific research and articulate their findings to their peers. This is true science at work and it is truly wonderful to witness. More information about the JSHS can be found at

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