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JSJSS Mission

The primary goal of the Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium (JSJSS) 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.

The Army Education Outreach Program’s (AEOP) Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program is jointly sponsored by 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.

Oral Presentations:

First Place: Ryan Park, Millburn High School, Mentor: Dr. Susan Arrigoni

Second Place: SangHoon Jung, Bergen County Academies, Mentor: Donna Leonardi

Third Place: Amelia Curia, Colonia High School, Mentor: James Danch

Fourth Place: Harnoor Sachar, Bergen County Academies, Mentor: Donna Leonardi

Fifth Place: Lana Van Note, Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, MEntor: John Wnek

Poster Presentations:

First Place: Vivek Rajani, Bergen County Academies, Mentor: Donna Leonardi

Second Place: Cassandra Vongrej, Marine Academy for Technology and Environmental Sciences, Mentor: John Wnek

Third Place: Rishi Kumar, Bergen County Academies, Mentor: Donna Leonardi

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 4, 2021 research papers are due. You can submit your documents online.

View the complete list of important dates and the registration link for the 2021 event.

Student Interview

Teacher Interview

Career Interview

2020 JSHS First Place Winner – Ryan Park

Congratulations to Ryan Park from Millburn High School, Millburn, NJ for winning first place at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium 2020 National Competition.  Ryan placed first for his Oral Presentation in Mathematica and Computer Science category winning a $12,000.00 Scholarship.

Ryan’s project was “X-net: A Deep Convolusional Neural Model for X-ray Threat Detection” wherein he used calculus gradients and linear algebra to develop deep lateral stacks and parallel networks to create “X-Net.”  His invention was conceptualized by incorporating the AI algorithm and machine learning to enhance the screening of passenger luggage at security checkpoints in airports.

His results demonstrate how incredibly more effective X-Net is, 328% more accurate and 91 times faster, compared to a TSA agent.  And his work is not limited to airport security.  This algorithm is applicable to self-driving cars, facial recognition and medical diagnostics.

Please join us in congratulating Ryan on his success.  He exemplifies the extraordinary talent of our many participants this year.

Jersey Shore Junior Science Symposium 2020 winner Ryan Park holding awards

2021 Symposium

March 19, 2021 | Ocean County College – Toms River, NJ

Important Dates

  • Abstracts are due – Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Research papers due – Monday, January 4, 2021
  • Finalists Orientation – Friday via Webex, February 5, 2021
  • Rehearsal – Friday via Webex, February 26, 2021
  • JSJSS – Friday via Webex, March 19, 2021

View the 2020 JSJSS Program (PDF) to learn more about the program and our partners.

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