Missouri Symposium

U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force Sponsored
Missouri Junior Science and Engineering for Humanity Symposium
March 12-13, 2015
Maryville University, St. Louis, MO

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All JSEHS participants will stay at:
Drury Inn & Suites, Creve Coeur
11980 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
314-989-1100 or 1-800-378-7946

In addition to a hot breakfast, the Drury Inn provides a limited menu of free hot items and cold drinks each evening from 5:30pm-7:00 pm. Several restaurants are also located near the hotel. The hotel is a short driving distance from Maryville.

All participants for the 2015 JSEHS will stay at the hotel. One free additional night will be provided to participants traveling from schools beyond the following regions from Maryville:

  • From I-55: Sites south of Sikeston
  • From I-44: Sites west of Lebanon
  • From I-70: Sites west of Boonville
  • Distances beyond 150 miles to the north.

The Missouri JSEHS will make hotel reservations for all participants.

Keys will be individually distributed at the hotel. A rooming list showing which students are sharing a room will be in your registration packet.

Check-in will occur after your Thursday afternoon activities. You will have sufficient time to check in and clean up before the evening activities.

For participants choosing to stay an extra night, the Drury Inn will honor the discounted rate of $79.95. Please call the hotel to make arrangements. Our group name is “Maryville.”

(Note: Some participants will receive an extra night based on distance traveled—arrangements will already be made for these guests.)

Unless you are staying an extra night, check-out is Friday morning. Please allow sufficient time to eat, shower, check-out and arrive on campus on time for scheduled activities. You are responsible for any incidental expenses you incur.


  • Travel to and from the Maryville campus (including travel between Maryville campus and the hotel) is the responsibility of all participants.
  • Transportation to and from all field trip sites will be provided.
  • Students and teachers are encouraged to seek financial assistance for travel from their school districts or local service organizations such as the Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Jaycees, etc.

Associated Costs

Up to five students and one teacher from each school may receive funding to cover symposium costs. We try to fund as many students as possible, but funding should not be assumed upon registration.  All efforts have been made to keep costs to a minimum.

Funded students:  No cost for symposium and all related activities
Unfunded students staying at hotel:  $150.00
Unfunded students not staying at hotel:  $75.00 (Local students will not be required to stay at hotel.)

Any associated costs are due by January 30, 2015.

Who Receives Funding?

Our goal is to fund as many students as possible with preference given to students working on research papers.
Initial funding decisions will be announced Friday, December 19, 2014.

  • Seniors submitting original research papers = first consideration
  • Students working on research papers = priority
  • Any student whose paper is selected for formal presentation = automatic funding (even if they initially were not funded).

Initial selection of funded participants will be made based on student research activities, grades, career interests and teacher recommendations. Submitting a clear abstract will improve your chances of receiving funding. If you are working on a research project and did not receive funding initially, you should still submit your paper by February 9, 2015. If your paper is selected for formal presentation you will automatically receive funding. Any previously submitted payments will be refunded.

Where to Send Payment

Payment must be received by January 30, 2015.
No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 13, 2015.
Cancellations made before February 13, will incur a $10.00 processing fee.

If paying by check:

All self-paid participants should make their check payable to “Maryville University” and send their payments to:
Maryville University
Attn: JSEHS coordinator
College of Arts & Sciences
650 Maryville University Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63141

Cost of symposium, including hotel, meals and all activities:  $150 (unfunded participants only)
Additional cost of requesting a private room:  $80.00 (personal choice for teachers)
Total due:
$150.00 (Symposium with standard hotel accommodations)
$230.00 (Symposium with private room option)
$75.00 (Symposium fee for those opting out of hotel and who have not received funding to attend)

Registration and Consent Forms


How to Apply

All registrations and submissions must be sent via the secure, online forms you will find on this page. Please see Submission Guidelines for more details. 

Be aware of the separate deadlines/stages to applying:

  1. First, submit a group application by Dec. 1. The group application will list a sponsoring teacher and all associated students, student research paper titles and an abstract for each paper. Group applications will be reviewed and selections for funding will be made according to information on the group application. An announcement will be emailed to all selected participants and their teachers by December 19. This announcement will list all students from your group application who are invited to the symposium and whether they receive funding.
  2. All selected participants will then submit individual applications (sponsoring teacher and each student) online by January 12, 2015.
  3. Final research papers in pdf format must be emailed to jsehs@maryville.edu by February 9, 2015. Subject Line should include Last Name and School name.
  4. Hard copy papers will be accepted should you experience technical difficulties. Please send email notification should this situation arise.

Please note, each form includes 3 options under Conditions of Attendance—unless you have been notified otherwise, selecting the “University Funded” option does not guarantee funding. We will fund as many participants as possible.

All self-paid participants should submit their payments online or mail a check payable to “Maryville University” and send their payments to:

Maryville University
Attn: JSEHS coordinator
College of Arts & Sciences
650 Maryville University Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63141

Symposium payment must be received by January 30, 2015.
No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 13, 2015.
Cancellations made before February 13, will incur a $10.00 processing fee.

Missouri American Water Research Award

Saint Louis Paint and Coatings Society Research Award

Dates and Deadlines

Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Group Applications Due

Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Funding decisions announced, teachers and students notified via email.

Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Individual Applications Due

Friday, January 30, 2015

  • Payment Due

Monday, February 9, 2015

  • Electronic Paper Submission Deadline—(all papers must be submitted to jsehs@maryville.edu )
  • Missouri American Water Research Award Proposal and Paper Due
  • Saint Louis Paint and Coatings Society Award Proposal and Paper Due

Friday, February 13, 2015

  • Debate Application Due
  • No refunds after this date

Friday, February 20, 2015

  • Announcement of Selected Presenters

Friday, February 27, 2015

  • Video Submissions Due for Debate “Run-Off”

Friday, March 6, 2015

  • Final Debate Teams Announced

March 12-13, 2015

  • 2015 Missouri JSHS, Maryville University, Chesterfield, MO


Field Trips

Field trips offer students and teachers an opportunity to visit science and engineering facilities in the St. Louis area and visit informally with scientists at work. The following organizations are hosting field trips for the 2015 symposium. When registering, you may indicate a preference for field trips; however, space is limited on each trip. All attempts will be made to match you with a top preference. The following field trips for 2015 are noted below. For a brief description, see 2015 Field Trips Flyer.

  • Carboline Co. (Research and development of high performance coatings, linings and fireproofing products.)
  • DuPont (Food and Nutrition Science/Alternative Food Development)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden (Science/Conservation/Education)
  • Monsanto (Agricultural Technology)
  • Sigma-Aldrich (Life Science/High Tech)
  • St. Luke’s Hospital (One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals—visit Sleep Medicine & Research Center/examine clinical trials in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.)

Things to Know

  • Each student will travel to field trips in a designated pack. Your pack name is on your name badge. Visit the web site to review each destination.
  • You were registered for a particular trip based on your preference ratings from your application. All attempts were made to place individuals in one of their top three choices.
  • Stay with your assigned pack and field trip. Boxed lunches have been planned based on guest lists. We cannot be flexible with last minute changes.
  • Respect field trip rules. Cameras and cell phones are prohibited for each field trip.
  • Field trips are planned for Friday morning.  Please arrive dressed appropriately—no shorts, capris, sleeveless tops or open-toed shoes.

Campus Map and Parking info

Maryville is on spring break during the symposium so parking is available on all lots with no sticker required.  For ease in accessing the Auditorium and Pfaff Lobby (lobby of Auditorium) consider parking in Lots 4, 5, 6 or 7.

View a map of the Parking lots or view an interactive map of the entire campus.



Keynote Speaker/Banquet

Colonel (Dr.) Daniel B. Bruzzini, United States Air Force, Neonatologist

Colonel (Dr.) Daniel B. Bruzzini, is in his 25th year of service in our United States Air Force.  He went to America’s Medical School, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Maryland.  There he not only learned the art and science of medicine but also how to apply it under combat situations.  His service has taken him to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman in support of Operation Southern Watch ensuring those with whom he served came home safely.   He has helped handicapped children in Oman, poverty-stricken children in Haiti, and taught midwives in Indonesia and Timor Leste how to resuscitate newly born babies in austere medical environments.  He has led an obstetrical/pediatric team in Afghanistan to help improve the lives of moms and their babies.  As a neonatologist, baby ICU doctor, trained at Washington University in St. Louis he enjoys helping families care for their critically ill and/or premature babies.  In addition, he is the chief pediatric clinician at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio responsible for preparing military physicians, nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapists for the trauma/critical care needs of children affected by war, natural disasters, and humanitarian crises.

Abridged 2-Day Itinerary

Thursday, March 12, 2015

7:30 am:          Registration/Poster set up
9:00 am:           Opening Session
10:00 am:         Student Breakout Sessions (A) | Teacher Workshop A
10:45 am:         Student Breakout Sessions (B) | Teacher Workshop B
11:30 am:         Lunch/Presentation Prep
1:00 pm:           Student Research Paper Presentations
3:30 pm:           Hotel check-in/free time

For participants choosing to stay an extra night, the Drury Inn will honor the discounted rates offered for this event.  Please call the hotel to make arrangements. Our group name is “Maryville.”

5:15 pm:           Scientific Poster Session
6:30 pm:           Banquet and Keynote Address
8:30 pm:           Evening Entertainment

Friday, March 13, 2015

7:00 am:            Hotel breakfast/check-out
9:00 am:            Missouri State Great Science Debate
10:15 am:          Industry Field Trips
1:45 pm:            Fun and Games/Evaluations
2:30 pm:            Refreshments/Break
3:00 pm:            Regional Awards/Sectional Winner Presentations
4:30 pm:            National Awards/Closing Ceremonies
*Post event Follow-up: All Awardees Must Stay

Presenters’ Room Lists

2015 Presenters will be listed on March 1.

Emergency and Important Event Information

In case of an emergency, consult your adult leader(s). Adults can contact Chris O’Connor, Kyra Krakos at Maryville University. The main Maryville University campus number is 314-529.9300, or send an email to any of us. We are all available and accessible during both days.  coconnor@maryville.edu; kkrakos@maryville.edu;

Symposium Rules and Regulations

  • Be present. You are required to remain for the entire symposium and attend all sessions, meetings, tours and activities. Any early departure should first be cleared with the JSEHS Co-Directors.
  • Identify yourself. Please wear your name badge at all activities. It is your entry ticket.
  • Be a good guest. All students must be in their hotel rooms by midnight. You are one of many guests at the hotel. Please be respectful of everyone’s right to get a good night’s sleep. We want hotels to think JSEHS = great guests!
  • Show gratitude.
  • Listen. Turn off your cell phone during sessions. Put away your ear buds and give your presenters your complete attention.
  • Keep clean. We have a zero tolerance rule for any unlawful use or possession of drugs, alcoholic beverages, or tobacco at any time during the 2-day symposium. Anyone violating this rule will be sent home automatically at their own expense. Parents will be notified.

Concurrent Paper Sessions

  • Presentations start promptly at the designated time on your schedule. The rooms will be open one hour early for presenters to load their presentations. The campus is easily navigated. Most if not all presentations will be in the same building but on different floors.
  • Signs are posted outside each room holding a session. Presenters are listed in order of appearance. Each presentation will last 12 minutes followed by a 3-minute question/answer period. No one may enter or exit a room during these 15 minutes. You may switch rooms during the 10-minute break between each presenter.
  • Parents and other guests are welcome to attend presentations.  Rooms listing presenters and times of presentation will be posted after March 1 on the website.
  • The official program will also list all presenters and room assignments.

Poster Session

All students attending the Missouri JSEHS are invited to participate in the Poster Session. The poster session is intended as an opportunity for all researchers to share their work and sharpen their public speaking skills.  If you plan to participate in the poster session, you must check this option on your Student Application form. Please indicate which type of poster format you will use—a Trifold display or Poster Board. Poster Boards and pushpins are provided. Participants arrive with their printed materials.  For more information on the Poster Session, see Submission Guidelines