National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Winners Announced

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The event, sponsored by the three armed services, honored the top high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics students in the country.

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The winners, who received undergraduate, tuition-based scholarships ranging from $4000 to $12,000, were among 220 young JSHS finalists presenting their original research in various fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Department of Defense (DoD) recognized 21 top-performing high school students across the U.S. and its territories who competed in the 52nd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in April in Washington, DC.

The winners, who received undergraduate, tuition-based scholarships ranging from $4000 to $12,000, were among 220 young JSHS finalists presenting their original research in various fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to a panel of DoD scientists and engineers.

Over 70 DoD STEM personnel contributed to the National JSHS by serving as judges, discussion group leaders, and speakers. Multiple opportunities were provided for the students to learn about potential STEM careers and to discuss pathways which students can pursue as they progress through their academic studies.

The students’ projects ranged from new ways to filter pollutants from lakes and streams to advanced theoretical physics models. DoD STEM personnel reviewed the students written papers and evaluated the oral presentations they delivered at National JSHS. Winners were selected based upon the quality of their experimentation, understanding of the research, and contribution to the field.

Adam Illowsky, a senior at Ossining High School in Ossining, NY, was one of the winners, capturing first place in the Medicine/Health category. His work into brain damage caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a great example of the type of research that has a broad positive impact for both the Armed Forces and society at large.

“I just want to do all I can to help increase our understanding of head trauma not just in professional sports but in high school and kids’ sports as well,” Illowsky said after the event.

“I never expected to win anything because the level of research in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is so strong at all levels from the regionals to the state to the national,” he told his hometown newspaper.

A complete list of winners is attached and is available at: http://www.jshs.org/winners.html.

The JSHS is a tri-service program funded by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force that encourages high school students to conduct original research in STEM. Sponsors include: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology); Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA; and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, DC, in cooperation with higher education. The military and university collaboration JSHS serves to support and encourage these talented youth to become our nation’s future scientific leaders and innovators through scholarships and recognition for outstanding achievement. The National JSHS Program is administered by the Academy of Applied Science, a non-profit educational organization located in Concord, New Hampshire.

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The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students as well as teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). From elementary school through graduate school, students of all proficiency levels, interests, ethnic, economic and academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real world experiences involving these important disciplines. More information is available at http://www.usaeop.com.

About AAS
The Academy of Applied Science (AAS) administers STEM programs where students apply scientific knowledge to life, research and inventions. Its programs spark creativity in young students, encourage the rising generation of teen mathematicians, scientists and engineers with recognition for their efforts, and provide scholarships and apprenticeships for high school students interested in pursuing careers in math, science and technology. Its influence, encouragement and assistance annually reach over 12,000 students nationwide. More information is available at http://www.aas-world.org.

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