Information Sheet

Missouri Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium


For forty years, the Missouri Regional Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium has provided Missouri students and teachers with a unique academic experience. The Missouri Symposium is one of forty-eight regional symposia held at universities nationwide.

On March 8, 2013, two hundred high school science students and sixty teachers will begin a stimulating and challenging two-day symposium at Maryville University. The Symposium will begin at 8:30 am Friday, March 8 and will run until 6 pm on Saturday, March 9.

The major theme of the 2013 program is Missouri JSEHS: Science – Imagining what’s Next.


Over the two days attendees will:

  • Participate in student research paper presentations
  • Enjoy a stimulating debate
  • Visit fascinating research facilities in the St. Louis area
  • Hear challenging presentations by renowned experts
  • Discuss topics of mutual interest with working scientists
  • Engage in career discussions
  • Meet peers who share similar interests
  • Attend a banquet and mixer
  • Exchange ideas
  • Form new friendships and science-centered networks


The highlight of the symposium is the presentation of research results by student finalists. Presenting original research before a team of judges, teachers and peers, challenges students to defend their reasoning and articulate specific findings. Students submitting papers will have their work judged by scientists on the quality and originality of their research. The entire process provides an excellent learning experience.

Submitted papers have no size limit, but students selected to present their papers will have a 12-minute time limit. Please note: not all invited participants will be selected to present their papers; however, a formal poster session will be held for all who want to share and discuss their work.

The deadline for applying to the Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium is December 3, 2012. The final research paper must be received by February 10, 2013. Submission guidelines and applications are available on this website.


The Field Trip part of the symposium offers students and teachers an opportunity to visit science and engineering facilities in the St. Louis area.  The following organizations are some of the companies offering tours and an opportunity to visit informally with scientists at work. For more information about each tour, see “Field Trips” under General Information.

  • LMI Aerospace Inc. (Engineering services to aerospace, defense and technology industries.)
  • Eastman Chemical Inc. (formerly Solutia Inc., a specialty chemicals company)
  • Alberici Inc. (sustainable energy/green construction )
  • Innoventor (Engineering solutions for process, production and product development)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (National Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Locks & Dam)
  • Sigma-Aldrich (Life Science/High Tech)


Students and teachers will be challenged by a wide variety of speakers. Past lectures have included the Nobel Laureates Polykarp Kusch (Physics), George W. Beadle (Medicine and Physiology), George Wald (Medicine and Physiology), Lars Onsager (Chemisty) Rosalyn S. Yalo (Medicine and Physiology), Leon Lederman (Physics) and William S. Knowles (Chemistry) to name just a few.


Students:  Any Missouri high school student who has conducted or is currently conducting a scientific study is eligible to apply for the symposium.

Selection of participants will be made on the basis of their past, current or planned research, school science activities, career interests and scholastic average.

Expenses for room, meals and symposium activities will be paid for those students selected to attend.  Students who are interested in science as a career but do not meet all of the criteria, may apply to attend on a self-paid ($145) basis.

Teachers:  Teacher participation will be based on the number of students selected.  As a general rule, one teacher will be invited for every five students who attend from each applying school.


2013 Missouri  JSEHS
March 8-9 2013, Maryville University

Group Applications Due
Monday, December 3, 2012 (All forms found online at www.maryville.edu/jsehs)

Individual Applications Due
Monday, January 21, 2013 (Abstracts should be included with individual applications if not previously submitted with Group Application.)

Paper Submission Deadline
Midnight, Monday, February 4, 2013 All submissions must be e-mailed to  jsehs@maryville.edu

Return of Fees Deadline
Friday, January 25, 2013

National JSEHS – Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
May 1-5, 2013


1)      To foster the attainment and mastery of state and national performance and process skill standards in the sciences, mathematics and language arts.

2)      To promote research and experimentation in the sciences, mathematics and engineering at the high school level.

3)      To recognize the significance of research in human affairs and the importance of maintaining humane and ethical principles in the application of research results.

4)      To seek and identify talented youth and their teachers, recognize their accomplishments at symposia and encourage their continued interest in participation in the sciences, mathematics and engineering.

5)      To broaden students’ awareness of career possibilities in the academic, industrial and governmental communities.

6)      To increase the number of future adults capable of conducting research and development.


All registrations must be sent via the secure, online forms you will find on this Maryville JSEHS website under “Forms.”   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



Dr. Tom Spudich, Co-Director Missouri JSEHS

Dr. Kyra Krakos, Co-Director Missouri JSEHS