Missouri Symposium

U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force Sponsored
Missouri Junior Science and Engineering for Humanity Symposium
March 18, 2016
Maryville University, St. Louis, MO

due by January 29, 2016

At the Beginning…

Quick Links


JSEHS Participants that are not local (over 50 miles travel) 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.

For the 2016 JSEHS participants only those in the following regions will stay at the hotel. Hotel accommodations will be provided Thursday and Friday night to participants traveling from schools beyond the following regions from Maryville:

  • From I-55: Sites south of Bloomsdale
  • From I-44: Sites west of Sullivan
  • From I-70: Sites west of New Florence
  • Distances beyond 50 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 Thursday evening.

Check-out is Saturday morning. 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.
  • 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 February 5, 2016.

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, January 22, 2016.

  • 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 12, 2016. 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 29, 2016.
No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 19, 2016.
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. 20. 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 January 22, 2016. 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 February 1, 2016.
  3. Final research papers in pdf format must be emailed to jsehs@maryville.edu by February 12, 2016. 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 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 February 5, 2016.
No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 12, 2016.
Cancellations made before February 12, will incur a $10.00 processing fee.

Missouri American Water Research Award

Saint Louis Paint and Coatings Society Research Award

Dates and Deadlines

Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Group Applications Due

Friday, January 22, 2016

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

Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Individual Applications Due

Friday, February 5, 2016

  • Payment Due

Friday, February 12, 2016

  • 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 12, 2016

  • Debate Application Due
  • No refunds after this date

Friday, February 29, 2016

  • Announcement of Selected Presenters

Friday, March 4, 2016

  • Final Debate Teams Announced

March 18, 2016

  • 2016 Missouri JSHS, Maryville University, Chesterfield, MO


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

George Gokel
George Gokel received the B.S. in chemistry from Tulane University and the Ph. D. from the University of Southern California. After post-doctoral work with Nobel Laureate Donald Cram at UCLA, he worked briefly at DuPont’s Central Research Department and then began an academic career at the Pennsylvania State University. He subsequently held positions in the Chemistry Departments at the University of Maryland and the University of Miami (Florida). He moved in 1993 to the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Since 2006, he has been Distinguished Professor of Science at the University of Missouri in St. Louis and Director of the Center for Nanoscience. He is author or coauthor of over 400 articles, 15 issued patents, and 10 books. He is on the editorial boards of numerous journals and has served as an editor of three of them. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, has won the American Chemical Society’s St. Louis Award, the ACS Midwest Award, and the St. Louis Academy of Science’s James B. Eads Award. He was recently elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Dr. Gokel has published over 400 peer reviewed papers, 19 monographs, and is named as an inventor on 15 issued patents. He has given nearly 400 invited lectures in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Abridged 1-Day Itinerary

Friday, March 18, 2016

7:30 am:          Registration/Poster set up
9:00 am:          Opening Session
10:00 am:         Student Research Paper Presentations
12:00 pm:         Lunch/Presentation Prep/Section Winners Announced
1:00 pm:           Scientific Poster Session
2:15 pm:           Student Breakout Session | Teacher Workshop
3:45 pm:           Sectional Winner Presentations
5:00 pm:           Missouri State Great Science Debate
6:30 pm:           Banquet and All Awards Ceremony
8:00 pm:           Keynote Address and Closing Ceremonies

*Post event Follow-up: All Awardees Must Stay

Presenters’ Room Lists

2016 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