Close Close


The two-day symposium includes presentations of ten student research papers and two guest speakers.  The Monmouth Junior Science Symposium is co-sponsored by Monmouth University, U.S. Army Communications – Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Naval Weapons Station Earle, Picatinny Arsenal, and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

The primary goal of the Monmouth Junior Science Symposium (MJSS) is to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level, and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement. The two-day event includes presentations from New Jersey high school students on their individual science research projects.

This year’s guest speakers include:

  • Ryan A. Johnson, CALTX Bioprocess Technology, LLC, The Pennsylvania State University, PA – Algae Biofuel: Revolutionizing the Cultivation Platform for the Growth of Algae – Thursday, March 29 at 11:45 a.m.
  • Professor Robert Ferguson, Forensic Investigation, Brookdale Community College – Real Life Crime Scene Investigation vs. TV’s CSI – Friday, March 30 at 11:35 a.m.

The Monmouth Junior Science Symposium (MJSS) is one of forty-eight regional symposia held nationwide and coordinated by the Junior Science & Humanities Symposia (JSHS) division of the Academy of Applied Science, NJ. MJSS is funded by Monmouth University and the United States Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The MJSS audience will be comprised of approximately 350 academically talented and scientifically inclined high school students and dedicated high school science teachers representing schools from central and southern New Jersey.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a highly accomplished national program that sets a standard for academic excellence. It connects researchers and educators located in university settings, government laboratories and private research centers with talented and motivated high school students and their teachers. Every year, more than 10,000 students participate in the forty-eight Regional Symposiums held on university campuses across the country including Alaska, and the Department of Defense schools in Europe and the Pacific. Participating in the JSHS program offers students and their teachers many benefits.

More than $340,000 in scholarships and cash awards are presented to regional and national winners each year making the program an attractive opportunity for motivated students who want to pursue higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The top five MJSS student paper presenters will travel to Bethesda, Maryland (May 2 to May 4, 2012) to participate in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (

MJSS Technical sessions (March 29 and 30, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) may be viewed live on the Internet via Monmouth University’s Web site.

March 29 – Pollak Theatre (9:20 – 11:45 a.m.)

Student Paper Presentations:

Philip Etter, High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ

Real-Time Audio Processing for Spatial Realization and Immersion

Ethel Angeli Roxas, Bergen County Academies, Bergen County, NJ

A Comparison Between the Effects of L-Carnosine and Banana Leaf Extract on a Model for Cataractogenesis

Sanjana Salwi, High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ

Opening the Blood Brain Barrier: The Effect of Lipopolysaccharides, Estrogen and Progesterone on the Permeability of the Blood Brain Barrier

James Geddis, Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, Manahawkin, NJ

Determining the Best Substrate for Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea Virginia) Spat Colonization in Greenbackville, Virginia

George Iwaoka, Bergen County Academies, Bergen County, NJ

Investigating UBM Degradation Products as a Possible Therapeutic Option for Regenerative Medicine Using a P19 Cell Model

March 30 – Pollak Theatre (9:05 – 11:35 a.m.)

Student Paper Presentations:

Janice Sung, Bergen County Academies, Bergen County, NJ

The Effect of Exogenous NAD on Sirtuin-3 in Apoptosis

Anthony Finch, Toms River High School North, Toms River, NJ

The Psychology of Music: How Rhythmically Identical Pieces are Perceived by and Produce Psychophysiological Reactions in Musically-Trained Subjects

Andrew Feldman, Manalapan High School, Manalapan, NJ

Acoustic Imaging Using Optimized Beamforming Techniques

Hari Ravichandran, High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ

Efficient Alkaline Water Electrolysis

Eun Be Kim, Bergen County Academies, Bergen County, NJ

Tamoxifen: A Novel Approach for the Treatment of Estrogen Receptor Negative Cancer

# # #

Media contact: Petra Ludwig at 732-263-5507