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Apr. 29, 2019 - National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Winner

The 57th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (NJSHS) was held on April 24 - 28 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nearly 230 high school students who qualified by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in the regional symposia held at universities nationwide advanced to the national competition. Approximately 130 high school teachers, mentors, university faculty, ranking military guests and others also attended.

Advancing to NJSHS were three Plano ISD students: Alay Shah, Shepton High School; Abhinav Gadavaarthi, Plano West Senior High School, poster presenter; and Tanaz Muhamed, The IB World School at Plano East Senior High School, poster presenter.

  • Alay Shah, Shepton High School, placed third for his oral presentation in Medicine & Health/Behavioral Sciences, winning a $4,000 scholarship from the U.S. armed forces.

NJSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits and networking are planned as part of the symposium.