Research Paper and Poster template

JSHS Research Paper template

  • The paper should be a minimum of 5-6 pages and a maximum of 20 pages, including appendices. The paper should be double-spaced using 1 inch margins and 12 point font (Times New Roman).
  • Photographs, graphs, tables, diagrams, charts, and other graphic representation presented in the paper must be simply presented and comply with the maximum file size limit of 1.8 Mb.
  • A maximum size limit for the electronic research paper is 1.8 Mb.
  • A recommended outline for the research paper includes:
    • A title page, or cover page stating the student’s name, school address, and title of the research;
    • Acknowledgement of major assistance received – signed by teacher or mentor;
    • As applicable, statement that “research involving non-human vertebrates or human subjects was conducted under the supervision of an experienced teacher or researcher and followed state and federal regulatory guidance applicable to the humane and ethical conduct of such research”
    • Table of contents
    • Introduction
    • Materials and methods
    • Results (data or findings)
    • Discussion and conclusions
    • References, or literature cited
    • Appendices (if necessary but please keep in mind that the introduction is far more valuable in the judging process than appendices and raw data)

The research paper is used as a supporting document to the abstract during the judging process. The judges read both the abstract and paper.

JSHS Research Poster template

Materials for the poster may be pre-printed or hand written and may be attached to a tri-fold board as one large sheet or in pieces. Posters for competition must include and or meet the following standards:

  • Tri-fold poster boards will be provided and will be available for participating students when they arrive at the regional JSHS. Other materials that will be provided include staplers, stick pins, double sided tape, clips, markers and scissors. The poster ready, printed materials must fit within the dimensions of the poster board.
  • Poster board dimensions are 36" high x 48" wide. The poster board includes two folds; fold dimensions are 12” x 24” x 12”.
  • Header boards are allowed and must be no larger than 10” high x 36” wide. The Header board should only contain a title. Header boards are not provided by JSHS.
  • Tables will be supplied.
  • Posters should be readable from a distance of 4 feet.
  • The Title should be at least one inch (72 pts) in height. The student’s name and regional should be included and should be (48 pts). All other lettering should be in 24-point font size. (Point size indicated above is suggested size only).
  • The poster should be balanced and organized in a logical, sequential order.
  • Keep the amount of text to a minimum.
  • There should be more emphasis on graphics, tables, charts, and graphs. These items should be cited on the poster board.
  • Photographs in addition to other illustrations may be used. Figures may be in color.
  • No hazardous materials are allowed. No laptops, tablets or other electronic devices are to be used. No specimens, no apparatus, no chemical reagents, no models are to be used during the presentation. Only printed material, affixed to the poster, will be allowed for the poster presentation.
  • All materials must be prepared (printed) and “poster ready” in advance of arriving and ready to be tacked onto the poster board. Printers will not be available.