The 2021 Virtual IEEE Junior Engineering & Science Conference
Tuesday, March 9, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Pacific time)

In keeping with the main conference, the Junior Conference will be virtual this year.  As in previous years, students from Grades 1 through 12 are invited to present their own research on a topic related to engineering or science.  However, in order to accommodate the challenges of having students, particularly young students, present remotely, there will be a few changes from the way the Junior Conference has been conducted in the past.  

For 2021, students in elementary and middle school will pre-record their presentations, and those recordings will be made available for viewing to others through the conference website.  High School students will have the opportunity to present their work live through the conference Zoom link on March 9, which all registrants are expected to attend.

Please note:

-    The live portion of the Junior Conference can support up to 5 or 6 presentations in the one-hour allotted time.  Preference will be given to high school seniors, with high school juniors, sophomores and freshmen filling any available slots in that order.  Live presentations will be recorded and made available to the entire conference.
-    Parents, by signing your son or daughter up for the Junior Conference, you are giving permission for their presentation (pre-recorded or live) to be made available to the entire conference on the conference website.
-    Information and instructions for pre-recording presentations and giving live presentations will be made available to registrants after details have been finalized.

The Conference Committee feels that pre-recorded presentations for younger students, coupled with a shortened in-person Junior Conference, will help maintain the spirit of the conference and offer students the same opportunity they have enjoyed in the past to develop their research and presenting skills.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to Christine Terrile at

The Junior Conference Committee
Rich Terrile and Christine Terrile, Co-Chairs

Important Information for 2021:

Juniors must be registered by an adult who has already registered for the main conference, and registration is limited to 25.  

Cost for registration in the Junior Conference is $100, and includes an award to commemorate participation in the conference that will be mailed to each junior following the conference.

Please refer to the information on the Junior Conference webpage for presentation guidelines and examples of presentations juniors have submitted in the past.  

Important Dates:
Registration – Now Open
Abstracts must be submitted by all registrants – Before January 19
Presentations (pre-recordings for younger students and slides for those giving live presentations) must be submitted – By Tuesday, February 16
Junior Conference – March 9, from 3:30 -  4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

IEEE Junior Conference


The IEEE Junior Engineering and Science Conference provides a unique opportunity for budding engineers and scientists to share their work during a special session of the larger IEEE Aerospace Conference.  Open to students in grades 1st through 12th, the Junior Conference allows registered Juniors to present their own research before an audience of their peers, as well as adult engineers and scientists.  Afterward, Junior authors are expected to field questions from the audience on their work.  Presentations typically run from three to ten minutes, depending on grade level.


A fixture of the IEEE Aerospace Conference for over twenty-five years, The Junior Conference has helped hundreds of students develop crucial research and presentation skills in a supportive environment.  Many former Juniors have gone on to work in science and engineering fields, and some have even returned as senior authors.


Anyone interested in presenting at the Junior Conference should review all presentation guidelines, and follow submission deadlines. 


Juniors must be registered as the “guest” of an adult conference attendee before submitting their abstracts and presentations.



The Junior Conference Committee thanks Cornell Technical Services for their continuing support of a scholarship for graduating seniors.

Ryan Green received the CTS Scholarship in 2016 after giving his fifth presentation.


Junior Conference Success Stories


Jessica Webster presented her first paper at the 2004 Junior Conference when she was in the 5th grade.  She continued presenting until she finished high school in 2011.  Jessica credits the experience with helping her develop friendships, get scholarships, and open up job opportunities. 


Jessica now works in business operations management for JPL’s Robotics and Mobility Systems Section.

Nicholas Terrile began presenting at the Junior Conference when he was 10, and gave a total of nine presentations.  His favorite presentation was “The Ethics of Intelligent Machines“.  Nicholas says the experience helped him develop public speaking skills, and provided material for college applications.  Nicholas is currently working on an advanced degree in Computer Science while working part-time at JPL in Machine Learning.

Writing Your Paper


Topics with direct or tangential relationship to science, engineering or mathematics are encouraged. Papers should fall into one or more of the following 3 categories:

  • An original idea accompanied by supportive reasoning and data
  • An experiment, invention or field work
  • A review summarizing a topic of interest


The PPT or PDF presentation can be of any length, from 5 to 10 slides, and from a few minutes (5 min maximum for grades 1-5) up to ten minutes (for 6-12).

Submitting your Paper

Due date for your PPT or PDF is no later than Tuesday, Feb 16

You should have had an abstract in before Jan 19


  • Complete the procedure under "Overview" section
  • Make sure you have an abstract acceptance email
  • Login (Blue button on top right)
  • Under "Author's Area"
  • Select "Paper Status/Upload"

The committee will prepare proceedings to be distributed at the conference to all the participating Junior Engineers/Scientists.

The title page of your presentation should consist of a short biography, including your grade, educational and sporting interests, and any other pertinent information.


Who is eligible to participate? 

Any student, 1st grade through high school, attending the conference as an official guest of a registrant is eligible to present a paper as a Junior Engineering & Science Speaker.


  • Let us know your interest by having the parent or guardian conference attendee sign in to the website and, acting as proxy, use the normal conference abstract submittal process. Abstracts due date is Tuesday, Jan 19
  • Complete the form with title and abstract
  • Select session number 15.01 (Track 15 will open in December.)
  • You will receive an E-mail confirmation of receipt
  • Wait for an email confirming acceptance of your abstract (it might take a few days)
  • PowerPoint presentations or PDFs due date is Tuesday, Feb 16

The Presentation:

Speakers at the Junior Conference should prepare a PowerPoint Presentation or PDF. Help from an adult is definitely allowed and encouraged, but the contents of the presentation MUST be the student's work. A laptop Mac with Microsoft Windows, PowerPoint, and PDF, LCD projector, a pointer, and a screen will be available for presenters. They will have an opportunity to practice prior to their presentation if they wish.

Example presentations are available for your reference:

2020 Best Presentation by Levon Tabirian (12th grade) - Refining Cosmology: A Novel non-Doppler Cosmological Redshift Model

Example Presentation by a 4th grader- The Prisoner's Dilemma

Example Presentation by a 3rd grader- Living Lights (Bioluminescence)

Example Presentation by a 2nd Grader- The Shuttle

If you have any questions contact the Junior Conference Committee:

Christine Terrile, Co-Chair

Richard Terrile, Co-Chair