Student led research symposium at
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

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.

tjSTAR will be held on Tuesday June 6th, 2017 this year.

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.

Keynote Speaker

Vinton G. Cerf

Vice President of Google and Co-Inventor of the Internet

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995. Cerf is a Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the British Computer Society, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the Worshipful Company of Stationers and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has served as President of the Association for Computing Machinery, chairman of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and completed a term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in 2012.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, Officer of the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."

His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.


8:40 – 9:00 Introductory Remarks
9:00 – 9:50 Block A
10:00 – 10:50 Block B
11:00 – 11:50 Block C
12:00 – 12:50 Lunch
1:00 – 1:50 Block D
2:00 – 2:50 Block E
3:00 – 3:50 Keynote

Visitor Info

Due to the high volume of people arriving for tjSTAR, we ask that parents please park at Immanuel Bible Church from the Backlick Road Entrance, and then take a shuttle from the Church to TJHSST. Below are arrival times for the shuttle services at each location. Please give yourselves 60 minutes to park, take the shuttle, and check in and find your student's presentation. Thank you!

Church 7:30 8:02 8:35 9:07 9:40 10:12 10:45 11:17
TJHSST 7:46 8:18 8:51 9:23 9:56 10:28 11:01 11:33
Church 11:50 12:22 1:18 1:50 2:26 2:58 3:30 4:12 –
TJHSST 12:06 12:43 1:34 2:10 2:42 3:14 4:00 End of Shuttle Service

Ways to Get Involved

There are many ways to participate in and support tjSTAR.


STEM professionals share their passion, work, expertise, experience and career advice in a series of 50 minute presentation sessions.


Companies and organizations demonstrate current research projects and products in our all-day Exhibition Hall.


Companies purchase advertisement space, take advantage of other sponsorship opportunities, or simply provide giveaways for students with the company logo. Companies,organizations and individuals are invited to make a tax-deductible donation to the TJ Partnership Fund.


For general inquiries, please email
For sponsorship inquiries, call 703.750.8317 or email

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors

Gold Level


Silver Level

Grant Thornton

Northrop Grumman

Bronze Level

Jane Street

Big Parser

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Contact the tjSTAR Student Committee

Feel free to email us with any questions that you might have, or if you would like additional infromation!