Awards

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.

Session Winners

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-5th place winners in each session are awarded plaques and cash prizes:

  • 1st place: $250 Finalist for second round of judging (Sunday)
  • 2nd place: $200  Finalist for second round of judging (Sunday)
  • 3rd place: $150  
  • 4th place: $100
  • 5th place: $50  

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.

Overall Winners

From the 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 permanent resident of the U.S.):

    • Top 5 finalists: An expenses-paid trip to attend the national science symposium (JSHS). (The 6th, 7th, and 8th place finalists are alternates for JSHS)
    • 1st place finalist: A $2,000 JSHS undergraduate tuition scholarship (to a US school of their choice) and an opportunity to present her/his research during the competitive sessions at the National JSHS.
    • 2nd place finalist: A $1,500 JSHS undergraduate tuition scholarship (to a US school of their choice) and an opportunity to present her/his research during the competitive sessions at the National JSHS.
    • 3rd place finalist: A $1,000 JSHS undergraduate tuition scholarship (to a US school of their choice), and an opportunity to present her/his research as a poster at the National JSHS. (The 3rd place finalist is also an alternate speaker)
    • 4th place finalist: A $500 ASHSSS undergraduate tuition scholarship and an opportunity to present her/his research as a poster at the National JSHS. (The 4th place finalist is also an alternate speaker)
    • 5th place finalist: A $250 ASHSSS undergraduate tuition scholarship and an opportunity to present her/his research as a poster at the National JSHS.

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

  • 1st place: A $12,000 JSHS undergraduate tuition scholarship and a $500 award to the student’s school, honoring the sponsoring teacher
  • 2nd place: A $8,000 JSHS undergraduate tuition scholarship.
  • 3rd place: A $4,000 JSHS undergraduate tuition scholarship.
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