Bring talented high school students and teachers from your school to participate in the Tenth Annual Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium (OKN-JSHS). The symposium will be held at Oklahoma State University Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 2012. Freshmen are invited to present Friday evening. Sophomores through Seniors will present on Saturday.
The Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium is part of an established national program of the Academy of Applied Science and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. Lodging for participants and sponsors will be covered by OKN-JSHS. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday will be provided. Participants will be responsible for any additional charges beyond the cost of the room incurred at the lodging site.
The deadline for teacher and student applications is Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications received after that date will not be considered for participation in the symposium.
We invite you to select outstanding science students who can present either a paper and Power Point presentation or simply attend the presentation sessions. The paper presentations require the student to prepare a written report describing original research results in one of the following disciplines:
• Environmental Science; Earth and Space Science
• Physical Sciences
• Life Sciences
• Medicine and Health; Behavioral and Social Sciences
• Mathematics and Computer Science
The presentations will represent the finest efforts of high school students in the region toward either original laboratory or field research, or original work in mathematics or the humanistic aspects of science. All students wishing to present a paper at OKN-JSHS must send their application with an abstract of their research paper on a copy of the abstract form (see the Applications section for all necessary forms). Significant awards are available to students who compete in the regional and national symposia. Many university sponsors who conduct the regional symposia contribute scholarships, cash awards, and other prizes. The availability of these additional awards, type of award, and value vary by region. The Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force jointly sponsor the following awards:
For students who participate in regional and national symposia:
• Public recognition and certificates honoring achievement and interest in research pursuits.
• Attain a sense of achievement and self-confidence resulting from interaction with students from other schools and regions and with professional researchers and educators.
To quote a former JSHS alumnus, [At JSHS] “I learned a tremendous amount of science, got to meet other high school students who shared my interests in science, and learned that I could succeed at any program that I chose to pursue.”
• A $500 award to the teacher that brings the most students presenting research results at the regional symposium.
• Teacher travel stipends will be paid as available. Kansas and Nebraska Teachers will receive $200 and Oklahoma Teachers will receive $100.
For the regional finalists:
• An expense-paid trip to the National JSHS, awarded to five finalists at each regional symposium. The National symposium brings together over 360 participants in a program of educational and scientific exchange.
• An invitation to present their original research investigation at the National JSHS, awarded to the 1st and 2nd place finalists at each regional symposium.
• A total $4,500 in undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded at $2000, $1,500, and $1,000 to each of three regional symposium finalists (scholarship payable upon matriculation and upon meeting the JSHS scholarship conditions.)
For the national finalists:
• Six $16,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 1st place finalists in the National research paper competition
• Six $6,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 2nd place finalists in the National research paper competition
• Six $2,000 undergraduate tuition scholarships, awarded to each of the 3rd place finalists in the National research paper competition
• An expense-paid trip to the London International Youth Science Forum, an exchange program bringing together over 400 participants from 60 nations. The London trip is awarded to each of the 1st place finalists; the runner-ups are alternate winners.
For more information, call 800-765-8933.
Please see the Applications page to pre-register. The planning committee looks forward to your participation in this year’s symposium. Registration / check-in will take place on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m and at 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2012. At registration, all participants will be furnished with a packet of program materials covering all aspects of their activity in the symposium.
Selection of Presenters and Participants
OKN-JSHS paper presenters will be selected based upon the merit of the individual student’s research abstract and research paper. All applications are screened without regard to gender, race, creed, or color. We will not consider student presenter applicants without an application from a teacher.
Access-Oklahoma State University encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Candace Thrasher at (405)744-6254 before your visit.
Cancellation-The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.
High school students who have done well in mathematics and science are eligible to apply. Although these students may still be undecided in their career choices, it is expected that they have completed a science or mathematics research project. For those who wish to present a paper, good public speaking skills are very helpful. Printable application forms are available for your use.
Each form is required for all student presenters at OKN-JSHS. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted electronically to email@example.com. Each school should submit to us an electronic copy of applications from each student and teacher wishing to attend OKN-JSHS. Each student application must include a copy of a research paper and an abstract if the student is applying to present a paper. All materials must be received by Friday, February 17, 2012.
Team Projects. Students should report on their individual contributions to research. If students are part of a larger group, the presentation should focus on the individual contributions in the larger research project and properly acknowledge the contributions of other students, mentors, and/or teachers. For team research that cannot be divided into individual presentations, a team leader should be selected to present the results of the group work. In this case, all JSHS directives applying to the individual research investigations will apply to group research investigations. In the event the group presenter of the winning regional group is unable to present at the National level, this opportunity will be passed on to the next ranking project. This decision is made since the judges’ evaluations and scores pertain to the individual presenter. Student presenters who are part of a team must notify JSHS of which student finalist will receive scholarship funding, should the team presentation earn a regional or national award.
Parents and guardians may attend the symposium, but are responsible for their individual hotel accommodations. Please contact Candace Thrasher at (405) 744-6254 if you have any questions.
Helpful examples and instructions:
How to Write an Abstract, with an Abstract Worksheet Form and example.
Applicants wishing to present a paper should use the Paper Presentation Checklist. (Also see the Paper Presentation Judging Criteria)
National JSHS Guidelines for Preparing and Presenting Student Research.
Candace Thrasher Oklahoma State University 325 Willard Hall Stillwater, OK 74078 Phone: 405-744-6254 Toll Free: 1-800-765-8933 Fax: 405-744-7713 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information go to http://education.okstate.edu/oknjshs