Upstate Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

The Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is one of the most prestigious forums for young scientists in the country. 

Each spring in Albany, NY, young scientists representing high schools from Westchester County to Western New York State present the results of original scientific research before 600+ fellow students, teachers, mentors and judges. Their work is the culmination of a three year Science Research in the High School program that unites students, teachers and mentors in dynamic research. This program has cultivated future scientists from schools in every region of the state. 

The symposium is sponsored by the University at Albany, the Academy of Applied Science and the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. 

The high school students chosen to present at the Upstate NY JSHS are finalists from three regional forums. Of the hundreds of students who present their papers at these regional forums, only a select number are chosen statewide to present at the Upstate NY JSHS in Albany. 

At the Upstate NY JSHS, one finalist is chosen from each of five scientific disciplines and from these five, a final overall winner is selected. Scholarships are awarded to first, second, and third place winners. First and second place winners are given an expense paid trip to compete in the national JSHS for much larger scholarships and a trip abroad. 

Over the past seventeen years, the Upstate New York JSHS has produced winners at the national JSHS. 

In addition to student presentations and awards, the symposium features a keynote address by a renowned scientist; and on the second day of the symposium, a series of workshops for students and teachers are conducted by scientists and scholars working in a variety of fields. 


At Eastern JSHS, student must place:

1st - Chosen to speak at research presentation session

2nd - Chosen to speak at research poster session


Competition Schedule

  • Research Presentation competitions held on Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28, 2019 at University at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
  • Overnight trip

Upstate JSHS Website