JSHS 2023 Award Recipients

Students from across Washington and Oregon states gathered February 17 – 19, 2023 for the annual Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (JSHS) hosted by the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF) and the Naval Undersea Museum Foundation (NUMF). The JSHS STEM event is sponsored by the Department of Defense, US Dept. of the Army, US Dept. of the Navy and the US Dept. of the Air Force / Space Force. The event was held at the Golf and Country Club in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington. Photos here: Washington & Oregon JSHS 2023

BREMERTON, WA Rear Adm. Mark Behning, Commander, Submarine Group 9, right, Lt. Christian White, the Submarine Group 9 flag aide, and Lt. Corey T. Jones, the Submarine Group 9 public affairs officer, salute during the parading of the colors during the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). The JSHS is a Department of Defense sponsored science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program that encourages high school students to conduct original research in the fields of STEM. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian G. Reynolds)

The Naval Medical Readiness Training Command, Bremerton presented the Color Guard with our National Anthem.

Special thank you to our Welcome Speaker ~ RADM Mark Behning, SUBGROUPNINE Commander, Naval Submarine Base, Bangor. RADM Behning graciously facilitated an extraordinary tour for our Washington and Oregon JSHS students — boarding and touring the USS Nebraska, an active-duty submarine dockside at Naval Submarine Base, Bangor. This rare tour was the pinnacle of other JSHS student excursions throughout Kitsap County. The photo are JSHS students at the USS Woodrow Wilson “submarine sail” in Deterrent Park, SUBASE, as USS Nebraska photos for security reasons were understandably not allowed.

Students, families and our public guests enjoyed discovering Kitsap County highlights including the USS Turner Joy – DD-951, Puget Sound Navy Museum, Kitsap Historical Museum, Valentinetti Puppet Museums, Fountain Park and the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum in “Torpedo Town USA” Keyport. Following the submarine tour our JSHS participants and guests enjoyed exploring “Little Norway” Poulsbo, historic Port Gamble and Bainbridge Island to the north and riding the foot ferry from Bremerton to explore Port Orchard to the south.

Washington JSHS welcomed and fostered Oregon JSHS students for 2023.  Each state retained their separate awards and opportunity to represent their state by presenting their project at the upcoming National JSHS.  National JSHS is April 12 – 15, 2023 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Congratulations!  To the following JSHS award recipients ….


U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominees Selected for National JSHS ConsiderationDhruv
First Place, $2,000 Scholarship                        Oral Presentation, National JSHS HarishKrishnakumar
Second Place, $1,500 Scholarship                    Oral Presentation, National JSHS VedantSrinivas
Third Place, $1,000 Scholarship                    Poster Presentation, National JSHSOurania-MariaGlezakou-Elbert
Poster Presentations, National JSHSAlessandra


U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominees Selected for National JSHS ConsiderationCarissa
First Place, $2,000 Scholarship                        Oral Presentation, National JSHS RishabJain
Second Place, $1,500 Scholarship                    Oral Presentation, National JSHS VladimirMamchik
Third Place, $1,000 Scholarship                    Poster Presentation, National JSHSNesaraShree
Poster Presentations, National JSHSDarsh