Arkansas Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium



The 2021  arkansas JSHS will be held march 12-13 

Check back here early January 2021 for registration. 


The Arkansas Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (AJSHS) serves as a regional qualifier for the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) and is typically held the 2nd full weekend of March  each year on the campus of Arkansas Tech University.



The 2021 Akansas JSHS WILL take place either in-person at the ATU Russellville campus, virtually, or hybrid. The mode will be determined based on the reopening phase of the state, participating schools, and ATU at the time of the symposium. The plan is to be dynamic and adjust as conditions require. Please email Dr. Young ( with questions regarding the status of the event. 

Guidlines for determinng how the event will proceed:

If, at the time of the event, the schools that plan to participate in the event are under more strict guidelines than ATU we will accommodate the more restrictive guidelines. Additionally, we will follow any additional guidelines implemented by the Arkansas Activities Association and the grant administrators, National JSHS and the National Science Teachers Association.

In the event the limiting guidelines are those at ATU  (see this link for description of the ATU pandimic recovery phases) –

Social distancing guidelines

1) If University is in Phase 0 or 1 - If in-person meetings of less than 30 are not allowed we will hold the entire event virtually (the keynote speech, the poster and oral competitions will take place online). No travel will be required.

2) If the University is in phase 2 or 3 - If groups 50 or more are allowed we will invite the oral presenters (12 students) to campus to present in person with one to two chaperones from each school in a room on campus that allows for at least 6-feet between each speaker and observer. The keynote speech and poster presentations will take place virtually.

Students and teachers/chaperones (from Arkansas) will travel to Russellville following social distancing guidelines. Students and the mentors/chaperones typically stay overnight at a Russellville hotel (paid for by the JSHS grant), the duration of the in-person activities will be decreased to one day if the University is in phase 2 or 3 at the time of the event.

3) Phaseout - If the University has returned to normal operations the event will take place as normal, fully in-person on campus.



What is the National JSHS Program?

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) promote original research and experimentation in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines at the high school level and publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement in these fields. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation. For more information about the National JSHS Program please visit their website (


The goals of Arkansas JSHS mirror those of the National JSHS:



Arkansas Science Fair

Science Competition