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Missouri Symposium

U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force Sponsored
41st Missouri Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium
March 14-15, 2014
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 2014 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 to hotel rooms will be distributed at Maryville in Pfaff Lobby. A rooming list showing which students are sharing a room will be in your registration packet.

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

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 Saturday morning. Please allow sufficient time to eat, shower, check-out and arrive on campus before presentations begin at 8:30am. 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

Total cost of attending the symposium is $150.00 due by January 31, 2014.  This fee covers hotel stay, meals (during the symposium) and all associated activities.  All efforts have been made to keep costs at a minimum.

Up to five students and one teacher from each school may receive funding to cover the cost of the symposium. Funding should not be assumed upon registration.

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 20, 2013.

  • 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 10, 2014. 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 31, 2014.
No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 14, 2014.
Cancellations made before February 14, 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: Sue Arnott
College of Arts & Sciences
650 Maryville University Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63141

Cost of symposium, including hotel, meals and all activities:  $150
Additional cost of requesting a private room:  $80.00
Total due:
$150.00 (Symposium with standard hotel accommodations)

$230.00 (Symposium with private room option)

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 made regarding which applicants will be invited to participate in the symposium.
  2. An announcement will be emailed to all selected participants by December 20. This announcement will list all students from your group application who are invited to the symposium. It will also designate all participants who will be funded.
  3. All selected participants will then submit individual applications (sponsoring teacher and each student) online by January 13, 2014.
  4. Final research papers in pdf format must be emailed to jsehs@maryville.edu by February 10. Subject Line should include Last Name and School name.
  5. 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: Sue Arnott
College of Arts & Sciences
650 Maryville University Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63141

Symposium payment must be received by January 31, 2014.
No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 15, 2014.
Cancellations made before February 15, 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 1, 2013

  • Group Applications Due

Friday, December 20, 2013

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

Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Individual Applications Due

Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Payment Due

Monday, February 10, 2014

  • 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 14, 2014

  • Debate Application Due
  • No refunds after this date

Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Announcement of Selected Presenters

Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Video Submissions Due for Debate “Run-Off”

Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Final Debate Teams Announced

March 14-15, 2014

  • 2014 Missouri JSEHS, 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 participating in this year’s 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. For more information about each site, see 2014 Field Trips.

  • Alberici, Inc. (Sustainable energy/Green construction)
  • Innoventor (Engineering solutions for process, production and product development).
  • Missouri Botanical Garden (Science/Conservation/Education)
  • Monsanto (Agricultural Technology)
  • Novus International (Nutrition Solutions for Livestock, Pets, People)
  • Sigma-Aldrich (Life Science/High Tech)
  • Solae (Food Science/Soy-Based Technologies)

Things to Know

  • Each student will travel to field trips in a designated pack. Your pack name is on your name badge. Your field trip ticket is in your registration folder. Visit the web site to review each destination.
  • Hand your ticket to the accompanying teacher on your trip.
  • 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.
  • Soon after arriving, you will depart on your field trip. 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

pravenPeter H. Raven, a leading botanist and advocate of conservation and biodiversity with a notably international outlook, is president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis.  In addition, Dr. Raven serves as First Vice-Chairman of the Center for Plant Conservation, a national organization, and he is a Trustee of the National Geographic Society.  For more than 39 years, Dr. Raven headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured to become a world-class center for botanical research, education, and horticulture display.  During this period, the Garden became a leader in botanical research and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and North America.

Dr. Raven first realized in the mid 1960s that the rapid growth of the human population, consumption, and the spread of polluting technologies were threatening biological diversity to a degree that had not been realized earlier.  He soon became an outspoken advocate of the need for conservation throughout the world based on efforts to attain sustainability and social justice everywhere.  He was described by TIME magazine as a “Hero for the Planet,” and has received numerous national and international prizes, awards and honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Science Degree from Maryville University in 2000.  Earlier in his career, Dr. Raven held Guggenheim and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowships.

In 2001, Dr. Raven received the National Medal of Science, the highest award for scientific accomplishment in the United States.  He has been president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and a number of other organizations.  He served for 12 years as Home Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences, to which he was elected in 1977.   He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, of the academies of science in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine, the U.K. (the Royal Society), and of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).

Dr. Raven is Co-editor of the Flora of China, a joint Chinese-American international project that is leading to a contemporary, 50-volume account on all the plants of China scheduled for completion at the end of 2013.  After serving on the executive committee of George Soros’ International Science Foundation for the USSR, and then was appointed the first chair of the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, a private, congressionally-chartered organization that funds joint research with the independent countries of the former Soviet Union.  Recently he co-chaired a joint study by the U.S. National Research Council and the Russian Academy of Sciences on future collaboration in the life sciences, agriculture, and medicine between the U.S. and Russia.

Dr. Raven has written numerous books and publications, both popular and scientific, including Biology of Plants (co-authored with Ray Evert and Susan Eichhorn, W. H. Freeman and Company/Worth Publishers, New York), the internationally best-selling textbook in botany, of which the eighth edition appeared in 2011; and Environment (co‑authored with Linda Berg, Wiley & Sons, New York), a leading textbook on the environment, now in its eighth edition (2011).

Dr. Raven received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1960 after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Abridged 2-Day Itinerary

Friday, March 14, 2014

8:00 am:               Registration
8:45 am:               Opening Session
9:30 am:               Field Trips Depart
1:30 pm:               Student Breakout Sessions (A) | Teacher Workshop A
2:20 pm:               Student Breakout Sessions (B)
2:30 pm:               Teacher Workshop (B)
3:00 pm:               Open House with all Student Breakout Session Speakers
3:30 pm:               Hotel Key Distribution
4:00 pm:               Hotel
6:00 pm:               Banquet/Keynote Address at Maryville University
9:00 pm:               Entertainment/More Dessert at Drury Hotel

Saturday, March 15

7:00 am:               Breakfast (Hotel) Check-out
8:30 am:               Student Research Paper Presentations
11:00 am:             Lunch/Games
Noon:                    Poster Session
1:30 pm:               Missouri State Great Science Debate
2:15 pm:               Refreshments/Social Break
2:45 pm:               Regional Awards, Sectional Winner Presentations
4:30 pm:               National Awards
5:00 pm:               Post event Follow-up

Presenters’ Room Lists

Click here to view the presenters’ room list

Emergency and Important Event Information

In case of an emergency, consult your adult leader(s). Adults can contact Tom Spudich, Kyra Krakos or Sue Arnott 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.  tspudich@maryville.edu; kkrakos@maryville.edu; sarnott@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 8:30 am on Saturday. The rooms will be open by 7:45 am for presenters to load their presentations. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and arrive ready for a full day. If you are presenting, scope out your location the day before. The campus is easily navigated. The sessions are all in the same building.
  • Signs are posted outside every 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.

Poster Session

All students attending the Missouri JSEHS are invited to participate in the Poster Session. If you are selected to present your research paper, you may also present a poster. It is your choice. You must indicate on your registration form that you intend to participate in the poster session. For more information on poster preparation, see Submission Guidelines.  Remember to indicate on the Student Application which type of poster format you will use—a Trifold display or Poster Board (using your large printouts—pushpins and boards will be provided).

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