Two ARL researchers judge tri-service 52nd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
May 19, 2014
By T'Jae Gibson, ARL Public Affairs Office
Dr. Asha Hall, a material research scientist in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Vehicle Technology Directorate, and Dr. Claire Brennan, materials engineer in the Ceramic and Transparent Materials Branch of the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, judged the 52nd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), on the first two days of the event, which was held April 24-27 at both the Renaissance Capital View in Arlington, Va. and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.
The 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. By connecting talented students, their teachers and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation.
The JSHS program was sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.
"I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss with over 40 students on their research topics. Each competitor that I interacted with spoke with confidence and enthusiasm when explaining their research," said Hall. "Every single competitor that I interviewed was exceptional, to the point that it was very difficult to decide on a winner. It was evident that every student put forth their best effort and JSHS organized a wonderful event for these students to showcase their talents and achievements. I feel as though that it was truly an honor to be selected by RDECOM as judge to participate in this event."
"Overall, I was extremely impressed with the student presentations and posters; the students did some really interesting work, and their presentations were very well polished. My favorite thing about being a judge was seeing the enthusiasm that the students had about their projects and the impact of their work. I also attended a networking event on Saturday, April 26, and I had a chance to talk with the students about what it is like to be an engineer, and they were very interested in discussing STEM careers and asked some tough questions," said Brennan.
The tri-service-sponsored undergraduate tuition scholarships were presented to 21 students in the oral presentation category and seven Awards for Excellence were given to students in the poster presentation competition.
The aim of the Symposium is to encourage and promote high school level participation in the sciences with the long range goal of increasing the number of future scientist and engineers capable of conducting research for our future force.