All students who participate in the ASHSSS attain a sense of achievement and self-confidence resulting from interaction with students from other schools and regions and with professional researchers and educators. Participants also receive public recognition and certificates honoring their achievement and interest in research pursuits.
On the first day of the ASHSSS event (Saturday), participants are organized into seven sessions with approximately equal numbers of students in each session. Projects from similar categories are placed in the same session. The 1st-4th place winners in each sessionare awarded plaques and cash prizes:
Additional special awards related to specific areas of research (for example, Ecology, Fisheries, Forestry, Microbiology and/or Chemistry) are often given as well. These awards are sponsored and presented by other organizations and businesses.
From the fourteen finalists who compete in the second round of judging (on Sunday), the overall winners are selected and earn the following awards. (To be eligible for the JSHS scholarship awards, a student must be a U.S. citizen or be a permanent resident of the U.S.)
Additional awards that can be earned at the national JSHS
The 1st and 2nd place finalists from the ASHSSS compete for additional scholarship awards at the national JSHS. Students compete in sessions organized by subject area. For each session, the following awards are given:
3rd place A $4,000 JSHS undergraduate tuition scholarship.