A Guide to the Texas Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium Records, 1973-1977
The Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposia were meetings of two or three days' duration attended by several hundred high school students, typically juniors and seniors, and their science teachers. More than 32 regional symposia, sponsored by the U.S. Army, were held annually at college or university campuses across the country.
In 1958, the United States Army Research Office selected Duke University as a contracting agency to administer the Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium (JSEHS; also known as Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, JSHS) program. Each regional symposium originated as a proposal from an educational institution addressed to the Duke University JSEHS office. The symposia were concerned with research in science and mathematics and their relation to the humanities. Objectives included the promotion of the study of science and mathematics at the high school level, demonstration of the essential role of the humanities in the development of the scientist, discovery and recognition of talented youth, and recognition and continuing education for their teachers. A further objective was to acquaint the selected high school students with a university environment. The symposia centered around the presentation of student research papers and also included lectures by noted scientists and humanists and discussions of the role of the humanities in developing well-rounded scientists. Since 1963, a national symposium was also held annually at the U.S. Army Military Academy at West Point, New York, drawing on candidates selected at the regional level.
The first Texas JSEHS, jointly sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin, the UT Engineering Foundation, and the U.S. Army Research Office, was held in 1974, under the directorship of Dr. Dale G. Bettis, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. This first Texas symposium was planned by a committee of faculty representatives from the Colleges of Engineering, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Pharmacy. From that meeting, several student candidates, along with their teachers, were selected to attend the national symposium in May of the same year. Dr. Bettis continued director's responsibility for the second Texas JSEHS (1975); Dr. Joel Barlow, a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering, directed the third (1976) and fourth (1977) Texas regional symposia.
Reports, correspondence, sample forms and form letters, guidelines and information, program brochures, program packets, organizational notes and materials, news releases, and photographic materials document the organization and activities of the first through fourth Texas Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposia (JSEHS), held in 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977, respectively. Record series have been established for each symposium, with subseries further dividing the body of material for each meeting. Classes of materials originally contained in labeled folders have been maintained as such. The bulk of the records appear in the 1975 Texas JSEHS series; this series thus illuminates most clearly the organizational tasks and activities of the symposium. An overview of the establishment of the first Texas symposium may be gained from the background planning subseries to the first Texas JSEHS (1974) series. Student "Intention to Attend" forms and other application materials, in addition to documenting the attendees, often include summaries of research projects, giving insight into the scientific scope of the meeting. Summary reports of symposia held in Texas (1976 symposium only), in other states, and at West Point offer a condensed view of Texas and other regional meetings, as well as the national meeting.
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Texas Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium Records, 1973-1977, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Michael Bauza, December 1987.
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