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Competition Guidelines & Helpful Tips

We are currently planning on hosting these 2023 Events live but will switch to a virtual event in order to keep our finalists, volunteers, judges and staff safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic if need be.

2023 Intermountain Schedule
IJSHS Nominations Open at Midnight MST November 18, 2022
IJSHS Nominations Close at Midnight MST December 16, 2022
IJSHS Paper Submission Closes at Midnight MST January 13th, 2023
IJSHS Attendees Announced February 8-10, 2023
IJSHS Registration Completed February 17, 2023
IJSHS on campus at Montana Technological University March 2-3, 2023 

Research Paper and Judging Process

Students are encouraged to prepare a paper depicting original research projects including fieldwork and/or experimentation in science-related areas. Papers will be evaluated by a judging committee who will evaluate: the quality of the research and experimentation, evidence of the student’s understanding of the topic, and originality in the choice of and investigation of the topic. Please note that papers must acknowledge major assistance from teachers, mentors, parents or other students. Examples of areas of assistance which should be acknowledged include: selecting the topic of research, planning and/or guiding the course of the research, gathering data and construction of any apparatus.

Eighteen (18) students will be selected to present their work in a competitive oral symposium before a panel of qualified judges, and up to 42 others will be invited to present their work in a competitive poster session. Teachers will be notified of selected students between February 8 and 10, 2023.

The 61st National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will be held on April 12-15, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The National JSHS brings together 245 high school students who qualify by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposium held at universities nationwide. Approximately 130 high school teachers, mentors, university faculty, military personnel, and others also attend and join in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences.

Guidelines for Virtual Presentation

Core Rules of Competition v01.09.2023

MT Tech-Project-Materials Guidelines

National JSHS

National JSHS Rules of Competition



National JSHS Judge Scoring Sheet

National JSHS Student Checklist

Paper Tips

Sample Student Paper

How to Write a Research Paper

Generic Format and Guidelines for Research Papers from Montana Tech

Presentation Tips

Tips for Virtual Presentations

Tips for Oral Presentations

Tips for Poster Presentations