The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement.
Last week, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and the Navy Medical Research Center (NMRC) hosted 100 JSHS National Finalists, teachers and chaperones as one of the Department of Defense STEM experiences. The DoD STEM experience is a critical part of these students’ involvement as JSHS National Finalists.
This is an opportunity for motivated high school students who are passionate about pursuing STEM careers to see inside DoD’s premiere research facilities and interact with world-class STEM professionals.
Students toured the National Museum of Health and Medicine before receiving a joint-welcome from both WRAIR and NMRC. A science seminar on blast physics was led by three of our expert scientists who conduct
research on various aspects pertaining to blast injury. Following the seminar, students had the opportunity to not just learn about, but participate in different research efforts conducted by WRAIR and NMRC
scientists in smaller break-out sessions. Students’ dissected mosquitoes, tracked vector-borne diseases utilizing VectorMap on tablets, held various arthropods, and examined blood smears infected with parasites under microscopes.
During the dinner hour, subject matter experts (SMEs) from both WRAIR and NMRC set up scientific posters in the auditorium as a chance for JSHS national finalists to see that creating posters is not only for sciences fairs, but very
much a part of being in STEM as a career.
Both WRAIR and NMRC welcomed the chance to be part of the DoD STEM Experiences portion of National JSHS. Opportunities for senior scientists to interact with high school students helps to ensure the aspiring scientists develop their interest in STEM and the DoD.