How many people usually attend the program?
Around 200-250 students, teachers and industry professionals attend annually.
- How long does the program last?
This is a two-day event. All participants are expected to attend all sessions and activities of the program. The event begins at 7:30 am on the first day and ends around 5 pm on the second day.
- How many students can I bring?
Each school can be funded up to one teacher and five students. Additional students and teachers can attend on a self-paid basis by paying a fee of $150 per individual. Space permitting, there is no limit to the number of additional individuals who may attend.
- Our school has never attended before and we want to see what the symposium is about. Do we have to pay?
First-time schools are welcome to attend as our guests and bring up to four (4) interested juniors and sophomores. Seniors will not be funded as first-time guests. Hopefully through their exposure to the symposium, students will be encouraged to work on a research project for next year’s symposium.
- Can I bring students who are not submitting a paper?
Yes, but if your school is not a first-time participant, your students will have to attend on a self-paid basis of $150 per person (or $75 if the student is not requiring a hotel room).
- Is a refund possible if I register for the program and later become unable to attend?
No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 13, 2015
A $10 processing fee will be deducted from all cancellations before February 13.
- Are substitutions possible if a student has to cancel?
Yes, however, same gender substitution is preferred. Opposite gender substitutions are allowed if hotel space is available. Any substituting student must submit an online application.
- How are hotel room assignments made?
Students are roomed four to a room with two double beds. All attempts are made to keep classmates together and to avoid two strangers sharing a bed. In some instances this is not possible. It is our hope that new friendships may be formed for those rooming with unfamiliar faces.
Adults are roomed two to a room with two double beds. If adults prefer a private room they must indicate such on their registration form and pay an additional $80.00 to cover the cost. Please note that we are unable to guarantee private rooms. All rooms are based on hotel availability.
- Who is responsible for guidance, discipline and mentoring?
Teacher participants are considered part of the JSEHS staff and have responsibility for student participant behavior.
- I live in the St. Louis area. Do I stay at the hotel?
Hotel stay is optional for area participants. Regardless of whether or not you stay in the hotel, you are expected to attend all activities associated with the symposium.
- What should I wear?
Event dress is comfortable and casual but participants typically dress professionally, coat and tie, for the Friday night banquet, and presenters dress more professionally for the paper presentations. Comfortable shoes are recommended for walking during the laboratory tours and field trips. Participants should be aware that most field trips have dress codes and do not allow visitors to wear tennis shoes, open-toed shoes, or shorts. Because field trips are scheduled soon after guests arrive, please adhere to this type of dress code upon your arrival. The hotel offers swimming and exercise facilities. Pool time may not be an option due to the tight symposium schedule.
- How much spending money should I bring?
Meals are included in your registration fee, except for your hotel breakfast. There is a limited amount of free time where students can visit the campus bookstore and shop for books and souvenirs.
- We are arriving early. Are there any nearby restaurants?
The hotel offers a free light dinner at 5:30 pm for guests. Many other restaurants are located within close proximity to the hotel.
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