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Competition Guidelines & Helpful Tips

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 10 and 12, 2021.

For the 2021 Intermountain Region JSHS, all oral and poster presentations will be conducted virtually.

The National 2021 JSHS date has yet to TBA.

Guidelines for Virtual Presentation

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