South Jersey Junior Science Symposium

March 30 & 31, 2017

Watch the Symposium on Livestream beginning at 8:30 AM on March 31, 2017.

Ocean County College - Toms River, NJ

The primary goal of the South Jersey Junior Science Symposium (SJJSS) is to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level, and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement. The two-day event includes presentations from New Jersey high school students on their individual science research projects. Schools are welcome to register and attend as observers.

Following the presentations at Ocean County College on March 30, 2017, all students and their teachers are invited to attend the SJJSS Poster Presentation. A science-based scavenger hunt will be held during this general poster session where students compete for ribbons, gift certificates, etc. The students whose papers have been selected for presentation at (Ocean County College) or poster presentation at the SJJSS Banquet (TBA) will be notified in January 2017. Papers not selected for the above will be invited to participate in the SJJSS General Poster Session (Health & Human Performance Center, Ocean County College) March 30, 2016. General Poster Session participation will be limited to no more than four posters per each participating school.

Students who choose to submit a research paper, and are selected to present during the SJJSS technical sessions, compete for extensive awards including various combinations of the following:

  • Undergraduate tuition scholarships to college of choice: $2,000, $1,500, $1,000
  • Expense paid trip to National JSHS
  • Monmouth University tuition scholarship
  • Advance to the National JSHS and compete for: $12,000, $8,000 and $4,000 undergraduate scholarships
  • Independently of the SJJSS additional awards are offered by: IEEE, AFCEA, AUSA, SAME, NDIA
  • See our list of Scholarships and Awards for more information

Costs for housing and planned meal functions during the Symposium are covered by the SJJSS. Transportation is the responsibility of the local school district. There is no registration fee to attend the South Jersey Junior Science Symposium. All students, teachers, and volunteers please register at  For more information, please email to

Dates to keep in mind:

  • Abstracts due: December 5, 2016
  • Research Papers due: January 4, 2017
Additional Information

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program is jointly sponsored by the US Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, in cooperation with leading research universities throughout the nation. The Department of Defense generously provides funding for the National symposium and JSHS scholarships. 

This year's 2017 SJJSS will include the following topic areas sponsored by the Army.  One will be for the Best in Nanotechnology, for qualified papers from selected students whose research papers apply to this field. The next will be from selected papers that qualify for Best in Advanced Materials Science (Additive Manufacturing), for those students interested in research papers related to materials science.  Another will be for Best in Robotics Technology, among the qualified papers from selected students across this field.  The next will be for Best in Aerospace & Astrophysics among the relevant papers submitted by students in this field.  The winners or 1st runner-ups selected from each topic area will receive a 'Tour of Duty' to meet with Army experts, respectively, who support Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials Science, Robotics, and Aerospace & Astrophysics.