Montana Tech Names Winners of Symposia


On Friday, March 6, 2020, Montana Technological University hosted the 5th Annual Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (IJSHS). The IJSHS is a research paper and symposium competition for high school students conducting original science research. The IJSHS also features events such as a keynote speaker, lab tours, a welcome, and awards banquet for students and teachers.

The IJSHS serves the states of MT, ID, UT, CO, and NV and is one of 48 regional Symposia that feed into the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS). 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. Please visit for more information.

The Top 5 Finalists were:
1st Place - Tarun Martheswaran, Waterford School, Sandy, UT
2nd Place - Lucas Ritzdorf, Glacier High School, Kalispell, MT
3rd Place - Paxson Swierc, Hellgate High School, Missoula, MT
4th Place - Ansel LaPier, Central Valley High School, Liberty Lake, WA
5th Place - Daphne Liu, West High School, Salt Lake City, UT

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national JSHS has been canceled. The top two finalists will present orally and the remaining three will present their posters at the virtual JSHS.

Montana Tech is proud to host the Intermountain Junior Science & Humanities Symposia and congratulates all of the students who competed and those who advanced to the National level.