About tjSTAR

The Thomas Jefferson Symposium to Advance Research (tjSTAR), is an annual, day-long symposium that is an opportunity to share student research projects and learn about future research opportunities at TJ and in potential careers.

This symposium also serves as an opportunity for students to inspire each other with new ideas for study in future years, obtain feedback from their peers, and involve alumni and community partners in our academic programs. In addition to student presentations, a variety of other activities, including speakers, a panel/debate with outside experts, interactive experiment stations, and a research career fair could be part of this culminating experience.

Student Involvement

All freshman and senior students present their year-long research projects at the symposium.

About the School

Thomas Jefferson was named the Intel School of Distinction, Top Science High School in 2010. Its rigorous science program allows students to conduct highly individualized research projects in a variety of fields. With numerous opportunities for extramural research, TJ offers its students the resources for high-level researches and experiments.

Senior Tech Labs

The senior tech research labs are designed to enhance the academic curriculum as well as to provide students with unique learning experiences in state-of-the-art technological environments. Students are also given opportunities for independent research and experimentation, and interaction with professionals from the scientific, engineering, technological, and industrial communities through the mentorship program.

Senior Tech Lab Projects are year-long projects that all seniors must complete in a research lab of their choice. Senior students will be presenting the results of their research during the symposium.

IBET Presentations

During the IBET presentations, groups of freshmen students present year-long research projects they developed in their IBET (Integrated Biology, English, and Technology) classes. The experiments they have completed will address various aspects of biology ranging from environmental protection to extensive research on specific microorganisms. Each project will also incorporate a student-designed technology component.