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100 Regional Science and Engineering Fairs for Regeneron ISEF (Part 2)

By Eric Eng

By Eric Eng

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100 Regional Science and Engineering Fairs for Regeneron ISEF

Regional science and engineering fairs are your gateway to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science competition. These events not only showcase young talents but also open doors to incredible opportunities in science and engineering.

Let’s discuss essential details about these fairs and what makes them a crucial step for aspiring scientists and engineers like you. From engaging activities to the competitive spirit that fuels innovation, we’ll cover what you need to know to make your mark.

Here is the second half of the 100 regional Science and Engineering fairs for Regeneron ISEF.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

51. Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair (MSEF) Region II

  • Location: Lee E. Williams Assembly Center, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
  • Program Date: March 20, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 10, 2024
  • Eligibility: Students grades 1-12 from 13 counties in Region II, with upper fair (grades 7-12) eligible for state-level
  • Prizes: Placement and special awards; advancement to state and international fairs.

MSEF Region II is a cornerstone event for young scientists and engineers across 13 counties in Mississippi. With categories for grades 1 to 12, the fair fosters early interest in STEM fields and challenges older students with the opportunity to advance to state competitions. Participants can expect rigorous evaluation of their projects, ranging from environmental science to robotics.

52. Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair (MSEF) Region V

  • Location: Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
  • Program Dates: March 1 (Upper Fair); April 23, 2024 (Lower Fair)
  • Application Deadline: February 9 (Upper Fair); March 29, 2024 (Lower Fair)
  • Eligibility: Students grades K-12 and home-school students from 15 counties in Mississippi Region V
  • Prizes: Placement and special awards; advancement to state and international fairs.

MSEF Region V emphasizes the importance of STEM education and provides a significant opportunity for young researchers to explore, learn, and excel. Participants engage in a vibrant competition with projects that reflect the latest in scientific research and technological innovation. For students in grades 7 to 12, this fair is a gateway to the state-level competition, enabling exceptional projects to receive further recognition.

53. Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair

  • Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Program Date: March 5, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2024
  • Eligibility: High school and junior high students
  • Prizes: Placement and special awards; advancement to regional and international fairs.

The Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair has inspired junior high and high school students to engage with science through research projects for over six decades. It enables them to display their work in astronomy, biochemistry, and engineering. This experience sharpens their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities and encourages them to consider careers in science and research. Beyond individual growth, the fair is crucial in advancing scientific knowledge and innovation.

Research Science Institute

54. Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair

  • Location: Grand Hall & Grand Plaza
  • Program Dates: March 27 to 30, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 16, 2024
  • Eligibility: Students in grades 4-12 from public, private, parochial, charter and home schools in 15 counties in and around the KC metro area
  • Prizes: $20,000 in awards and honors

The 73rd Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair plays a key role in promoting STEM education by engaging students in hands-on project-based learning. This method proves to be both effective and enjoyable, allowing participants to apply scientific and engineering concepts directly. The fair allows students to showcase their creativity and problem-solving skills through their projects. It also acts as a gateway for exceptional projects to enter the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), where students can compete on a global stage for significant awards.

55. Missouri Tri-County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Recreation Center on the St. Charles Community College campus
  • Program Date: March 9, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 25, 2024
  • Eligibility: Kindergarten through high school
  • Prizes: Prizes range from plaques and medals for category winners in all grades, a $25 certificate for the most creative elementary project, a $100 Lemelson Prize, up to $500 for high school honors winners, an all-expense-paid trip to the International Science Fair, and various awards including tech prizes and certificates up to $375.

The MTRSEF program is an exciting chance for students in Lincoln, St. Charles, and Warren Counties to explore and share their interest in science and engineering. It emphasizes the importance of thorough research and compliance with scientific standards, requiring specific forms for all projects, especially those involving complex scientific inquiries. This experience is crucial for their academic and future career growth, making MTRSEF a key experience that nurtures young scientists and engineers, encouraging them to keep questioning and discovering.

56. Great Falls College MSU Regional Science & Engineering Fair

  • Location: Great Falls College MSU – 2100 16th Avenue South – Great Falls, MT
  • Program Dates: March 5 to 7, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 29, 2024, 11:59 pm
  • Eligibility: Kindergarten to Grade 12
  • Prizes: The top two grand award project winners from the Montana Region II Science and Engineering Fair for high school students go on to compete at Regeneron ISEF. Middle school participants in the top 10% can become nominees for the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge, with finalists winning an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, and the top prize being a $25,000 education award, along with numerous other awards and prizes throughout the process for both students and educators.

The 2024 Science & Engineering Fair at Great Falls College MSU is a key event for students from kindergarten to 12th grade, inspiring them to explore science and engineering. It connects students with big science fairs like Regeneron ISEF for high schoolers and the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge for middle schoolers. The fair encourages young scientists and engineers to develop projects showcasing creativity and critical thinking. Participating in the fair provides a valuable experience, enhancing students’ understanding of scientific processes and potentially kick-starting future careers in science and engineering.

Two students working on a project in a laboratory.

57. Central Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Nebraska Union @ UNK
  • Program Date: March 27, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2024
  • Eligibility: Nebraska students in grades 6-12 who attend a school in a county where Highway 281 passes through or is west of Highway 281 in Nebraska are eligible to participate.
  • Prizes: Cash prizes, certificates, and medals

The Central Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair, held at the University of Nebraska Kearney, is a competition for middle and high school students from Nebraska, focusing on science, agriculture, and engineering. Since 1975, the fair has encouraged students to explore scientific research and innovation. University professors and professionals evaluate the work, providing students with a credible opportunity to showcase their projects. With a $10 entry fee per student, the event is accessible, though students need to provide their lunch.

58. Greater Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Nebraska
  • Program Dates: March 23 to 24, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Eligibility: Grades 6-12 attending school in the region of eastern Nebraska, bounded on the east by the Missouri River and on the west by Clay county
  • Prizes: Participation in ISEF for top winners, cash awards and scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000, special awards, and medals across various categories

The GNSEF invites young enthusiasts to present their scientific projects with no prior contest requirements. It offers an easy online signup for educators and students, allowing them to advance to the ISEF. Participants engage deeply in scientific inquiry, honing skills in research, critical thinking, and communication. This fair highlights their achievements and encourages a continued passion for science and innovation, preparing them for future challenges and successes in their academic and professional journeys.

59. Beal Bank USA Southern Nevada Regional Science & Engineering Fair

  • Location: UNLV Campus Thomas and Mack Strip View Pavilion
  • Program Date: March 7, 2024
  • Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
  • Eligibility: High school students in Southern Nevada counties including Clark County and the Clark County School District are eligible. Other students in the state of Nevada may participate with approval from the fair’s director as long as they have not competed in another ISEF-affiliated fair. Projects involving vertebrate animals, human participants, hazardous chemicals, or bio-hazards must receive SRC approval before experimentation.
  • Prizes: Cash prizes for selected projects in first, second, and third place; ribbons, trophies, and medals awarded to winning projects; first and second place projects invited to the annual awards banquet; overall high school division winner could compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair.

The Beal Bank USA Southern Nevada Regional Science & Engineering Fair is a yearly event encouraging students to showcase their science and engineering projects. Sponsored by Beal Bank USA and hosted by UNLV College of Sciences, the fair includes students from the Clark County School District and other parts of Nevada, with special permission. It’s divided into three age groups and follows strict guidelines, especially for high schoolers who want to compete internationally. This fair aims to spark interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and rewards standout projects with cash, trophies, and a chance to compete at a higher level.

Chemist/Engineer holding a test tube inside a lab

60. Mercer Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Mercer County, NJ area
  • Program Date: March 31, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 16, 2024
  • Eligibility: Open to all students in the Mercer County, NJ area in grades 7-12
  • Prizes: Grand prize winners of the Senior Division move on to ISEF in May.

The 2024 Mercer Science and Engineering Fair is a key event for young minds interested in science and engineering. This year’s fair involves precertification, signing up, and choosing to present through videos, leading to online interviews. With Rider University’s and various sponsors’ support, the fair is not just about competition but also about recognizing young talents. It proudly highlights the success of last year’s winners, who excelled at an international science fair, showing the importance of this fair in preparing students for global challenges.

61. New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro
  • Program Dates: April 12 to 13, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2024
  • Eligibility: 6th to 12th grades
  • Prizes: Special awards include plaques, cash awards, savings bonds, merchandise, and scholarships. Category awards include first, second, and third place and several honorable mentions in each category, with cash awards for winners in both Junior and Senior Divisions. Grand Award winners in both divisions receive cash and/or merchandise awards. Senior Division Grand Award winners also receive all-expenses-paid trips to exhibit at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

The New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair, set in Socorro at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, brings together the state’s best young scientists and engineers. Now in its 70th year, this event offers a space for students who have stood out in regional competitions to present their projects, win awards, and qualify for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Students must register their original projects but can make some changes if needed. It aims to spotlight the significance of research, creativity, and presentation, allowing students to engage with professionals and judges.

A product design specialist working in front of his laptop

62. Charles Duggan Long Island Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Plainview, NY
  • Program Dates: Round 1 on January 31, 2024, and Round 2 on March 5, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 7, 2024
  • Eligibility: Projects must adhere to ISEF and LISEF rules, involve students from Nassau or Suffolk County educational institutions or home-schooled students, include teams of 2 or 3 members, cover research done between January 2023 and May 2024, and include students in Grades 9–12 who are under 20 by May 1 before ISEF 2024, have a school liaison and a signed commitment agreement, and be presented in English.
  • Prizes: Advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair

The Charles Duggan Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) 2024 is an event that supports and recognizes young scientists from Long Island for their research and innovations. It’s a part of the larger International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and aims to promote high-quality scientific research among high school students in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The competition is structured to guide students through the scientific process within a framework that emphasizes ethical research practices. Students showcase their scientific projects by participating and learning important skills like critical thinking and ethical decision-making. The fair enables young researchers to progress internationally, showcasing their significant contributions and fostering their development as future scientists and engineers.

63. Terra New York City STEM Fair

  • Location: New York City, NY
  • Program Dates: Virtual Preliminary Round: February 17 – March 3, 2024; Final Round: March 23, 2024; ISEF Finals: May 12 – 17; GENIUS Olympiad: June 10 – 14
  • Application Deadline: December 20
  • Eligibility: Every public, charter, private, or home-schooled student in grades 9-12 attending school in NYC (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island) can compete.
  • Prizes: Advancements to Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) or GENIUS Olympiad; Grand awards as ISEF Finalists and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in various categories; GENIUS Olympiad award for top environmental project; Special awards include American Meteorological Society Award, American Psychological Association Award, ASM Materials Outstanding Exhibit, Association for Women Geoscientists Award, and many others, each providing certificates, medals, or other recognitions.

The Terra NYC STEM Fair is an important event for New York City high school students to showcase their scientific and engineering projects. This program invites students from all schooling backgrounds across NYC’s boroughs to participate. It offers a series of competitions, starting with a virtual round in February, leading to a March final, and potential progression to prestigious international fairs. Winners can look forward to various prizes, including the chance to advance to global competitions like the Regeneron ISEF and GENIUS Olympiad, along with numerous special awards recognizing excellence in specific scientific areas. This fair celebrates students’ achievements and aims to nurture their development as future scientists and engineers.

Man offer stem word sign on virtual screen.

64. Regeneron-Westchester Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Somers High School/ Somers Middle School, Somers, NY
  • Program Date: March 16, 2024
  • Application Deadline: December 8, 2023
  • Eligibility: High school students from Westchester and Putnam Counties who have conducted original scientific research. Students must register through their school accounts, with teachers registering first and assisting students with registration. Students not affiliated with a local high school but residing within the region served by the fair should contact the Fair Director for participation inquiries.
  • Prizes: Awards range from certificates, memberships, and recognition in various scientific disciplines to monetary awards and opportunities to participate in prestigious competitions like the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair and the International Genius Olympiad.

The Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair, set for March 16, 2024, at Somers High School and Somers Middle School in Somers, NY, invites high school students from Westchester and Putnam Counties to showcase their original scientific research. With a registration deadline of December 8, 2023, participants must enroll through their school with teacher guidance. This fair enables students to gain recognition in various scientific fields and offers opportunities for exceptional projects to progress to prestigious competitions like the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair and the International Genius Olympiad, with rewards ranging from certificates to substantial monetary prizes.

65. Central New York Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: MOST (500 S. Franklin St, Syracuse, NY 13202)
  • Program Date: April 7, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 22, 2024
  • Eligibility: Participants must live or attend school in Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, or Tompkins counties. Junior Division includes Grades 4-8, and Senior Division includes Grades 9-12. Teams can have 1-3 members with unlimited projects per school. Students registered for CNYSEF may not participate in another ISEF-affiliated fair in the same season (SY 23-24), but participation in other school or non-ISEF fairs is allowed.
  • Prizes: Dozens of prizes, cash awards, and scholarships for all ages.

The MOST’s STEM Challenges are exciting events that invite students from certain areas to dive into science and technology projects. Young people get to work alone or with friends to build things like catapults and robots or even launch rockets. They also have a chance to share their science projects at a special event. This is a great way for students to learn more by doing fun activities, and they can win prizes and scholarships for their hard work. It’s a way to encourage kids to love science and technology and to think creatively about solving problems. This program is a good step toward becoming future innovators and leaders in these important fields.

Mechanical Engineers working

66. Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair, Inc.

  • Location: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • Program Date: March 16, 2024
  • Application Deadline: January 23, 2024
  • Eligibility: Students in grades 6–12 attending a school in one of the 15 counties listed (Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Ulster, Warren, and Washington). This includes all public and private schools and home-schooled students in the counties.
  • Prizes: Grand prizes include eligibility for top projects in the Senior Division to compete in the STANYS State Science Congress or at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Dallas, TX. Top projects in the Junior Division may be eligible to enter the STANYS State Science Congress and the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge. Many prizes and awards will be presented to winners in both divisions, including cash awards, a Rensselaer Scholarship, and a $50,000 Scholarship. Special and regional awards are also given to recognize specific science research areas.

The 33rd Annual Regeneron Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair is a key event for grades 6-12 students. It offers a chance to display their science projects and compete for scholarships and awards. Held at a leading tech institute, it brings together young researchers to present their work, receive feedback, and learn from experts. The fair promotes high research standards and encourages students to explore science deeply. Participants from various countries can win financial rewards and recognition for their scientific efforts. The event includes a rigorous judging process and concludes with an awards ceremony celebrating the students’ hard work and creativity in STEM.

67. Terra WNY STEM Fair

  • Location: D’Youville University, Buffalo, NY
  • Program Date: March 16, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 18, 2024
  • Eligibility: The Terra Western New York STEM Fair is open to public, private, and home-schooled students in grades 9-12 from Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming Counties in New York State.
  • Prizes: Advancements include the International Science and Engineering Fair and the GENIUS Olympiad. At least 20 sponsors provide special awards, and each Terra Fair secures local sponsors for additional awards and scholarships. Specific awards include the American Meteorological Society Award, American Psychological Association Award, ASM Materials Outstanding Exhibit, Association for Women Geoscientists Award, and many others across various grades and fields.

The Terra Western New York STEM Fair allows high school students with a passion for science and engineering to showcase their projects, earn recognition, and potentially progress to more advanced competition levels. This event encourages participants from various New York counties to explore scientific and engineering challenges, offering data-driven and topical research categories. It emphasizes the importance of thoughtful inquiry and safety in research, aiming to boost students’ academic profiles for college applications while fostering a future generation of STEM professionals. Through participation, students receive a unique opportunity to explore careers in STEM, develop critical thinking skills, and engage in an enriching educational experience.

68. Southwest Central North Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Gateway to Science in Mandan
  • Program Date: March 11, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 2, 2024
  • Eligibility: Students of grades 6 to 12 from ten schools in Adams, Billings, Bowman, Burleigh, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stark counties competed in the event.
  • Prizes: Students who meet the qualifications will progress to the state level, and victorious participants will be able to compete at the national level. In this year’s competition, the range of prizes for which students could qualify included laptops and college scholarships. Participants hailed from ten different schools.

The Southwest Central Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair is an important event encouraging young students to explore and innovate in science and engineering. It allows students to showcase their projects, learn from each other, and receive feedback from judges. This annual fair is a place where students can grow their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. It helps them think critically, work together, and share ideas, preparing them for future studies and careers in STEM. The fair plays a key role in developing the next generation of scientists and engineers.

69. Southeast North Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: FARGODOME, Fargo, ND
  • Program Date: March 11, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 2, 2024
  • Eligibility: North Dakota students from Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Stutsman, and Wells Counties. Students in grades 6-12 can compete individually or as a team.
  • Prizes: Opportunity to advance to the North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair and for Junior Division, the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge; for Senior Division, the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair.

The Southeast Regional Science & Engineering Fair (SERSEF) offers a chance for young scientists and engineers from certain areas in North Dakota to share their research and compete for rewards. This event encourages middle and high school students to explore scientific questions and present their findings. Participants can win the chance to move on to larger science fairs, gaining valuable experience in research and communication. SERSEF helps students grow their interest in science and technology, preparing them for future studies and careers.

70. Northeast North Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: UND Memorial Union
  • Program Date: March 6, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 26, 2024
  • Eligibility: Students from schools that have yet to participate in the past or who are homeschooled need to contact the Northeast Regional Director for information.
  • Prizes: Division awards that determine progression to the North Dakota Science and Engineering Fair and ultimately to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. Special category awards are also given.

The 2024 NE North Dakota Regional Fair, hosted by the University of North Dakota’s School of Engineering and Mines, is a significant event for young scientists and engineers. It enables students to share their scientific work with a broader biology, chemistry, engineering, and math community. The fair is open to new participants, including homeschooled students, ensuring a diverse range of ideas and projects. Winners receive awards that can lead to opportunities at state and international science fairs, underlining the event’s role in encouraging scientific exploration and growth. This gathering highlights the participants’ hard work and supports the development of a skilled, future workforce ready to address tomorrow’s challenges.

forensic science student examining a sample in microscope

71. North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Grand Forks, ND
  • Program Dates: April 4 to 5, 2024
  • Application Deadline: April 4, 2024
  • Eligibility: State junior and senior division superstars can compete in the North Dakota State Science & Engineering Fair.
  • Prizes: Senior division first-place winners will advance to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California, from May 11-17, 2024. National, regional, and state organizations will recognize the students’ efforts with awards and scholarships.

The North Dakota State Science & Engineering Fair is where young students present their science and engineering projects to inspire innovation and creativity. It’s a place for learning and fun, with activities like trampolines and laser tag. The fair helps students by covering entry fees, thanks to sponsors, including the North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence and the University of North Dakota. Winners from the senior division get a chance to compete internationally in Los Angeles, showcasing the fair’s role in promoting young talent on a global stage.

72. Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Program Dates: March 11 to 14, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 9, 2024
  • Eligibility: Open to students in grades 7-12 from any school type in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties. Only one project per student is allowed, and group projects are not accepted. Projects must follow scientific principles and protect human and animal subjects.
  • Prizes: In the Regular Fair Awards, winners are celebrated with varying prizes: 1st Place winners are awarded $100, a gold medal, and a blue ribbon; 2nd Place winners receive $25, a silver medal, and a red ribbon; 3rd Place winners are given a bronze medal and a white ribbon, while Honorable Mentions are honored with a green ribbon. Beyond these, Special Awards offer over $15,000 in cash and prizes from various companies and organizations. Additionally, the Discovery Channel Youth Challenge Awards present unique opportunities. The Grand Prize Awards reward winners in 7th and 8th grades in both Biological and Physical Sciences categories with $250 each, alongside medals, prior cash rewards, and plaques. Furthermore, two exemplary teachers will be acknowledged with $500 each for their significant support and contributions. Additionally, up to five students from grades 9 to 12 can advance to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), with all related expenses paid, allowing them to compete internationally.

The 71st Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) offers students in grades 7-12 a chance to showcase their scientific projects and compete for awards. This year, the fair introduces special awards for younger students and teachers, highlighting the importance of individual effort and mentorship in science. By focusing on individual entries, NEOSEF encourages students to explore their scientific interests deeply. High school winners can compete internationally at the Regeneron ISEF, opening doors to global recognition. NEOSEF is more than just a competition; it’s an opportunity for young scientists to grow, learn, and make their mark in the scientific community with their unique contributions.

73. Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Program Date: March 2, 2024
  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2024
  • Eligibility: Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. The submission fee is $50.00 per student. Students must create or re-activate last year’s account in ProjectBoard by January 16, 2024.
  • Prizes: Advance six (6) student projects to the ISEF, where they will compete for more than $4 million in scholarships and awards.

The Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair (BSEF) offers Ohio high school students a chance to join the global science community by participating in the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest science fair. BSEF stands out because it sends six projects directly to ISEF without requiring prior competition. It focuses on high-quality scientific research and recognizes top projects through the Melvin Scholars program. This fair enables young scientists to present their projects, win scholarships, and meet peers from around the globe. Students and teachers can easily participate through ProjectBoard, ensuring straightforward access. BSEF is an opportunity for young innovators to make their mark in science.

A teacher instructing a student in using an apparatus.

74. Bartlesville District Science Fair

  • Location: Phillips 66 Research Center, Bartlesville.
  • Program Date: Elementary Fair: February 2, 2024. Jr/Sr Fair: February 3, 2024.
  • Application Deadline: January 20, 2024.
  • Eligibility: Open to students grades 1-12 living in Washington, Osage, Nowata, Pawnee, and Rogers counties; no prior science fair participation is required. Divisions are split into grades 1-3 and 4-6 for the Elementary Fair and grades 7-9 (Junior) and 10-12 (Senior) for the Upper level.
  • Prizes: Awards over $1,000. The top 30 Junior/Senior projects advance to the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair. The top three projects win a paid trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Dallas, Texas, in May.

The Bartlesville District Science Fair (BDSF) is a significant event that offers students a chance to explore science and showcase their projects. It welcomes students of all backgrounds from grades 1-12, without needing prior science fair experience. The fair is organized into age-appropriate categories, ensuring a supportive environment for presenting research and learning from professionals. Beyond the competition, the BDSF rewards excellence with prizes and opportunities to advance to larger science fairs, including a trip to the international fair for top projects. This event aims to encourage young scientists by facilitating their exploration and celebrating their achievements. It’s a key step for many to pursue their interests in science and technology.

75. Tulsa Regional Science Fair

  • Location: Allen Chapman Student Union at the University of Tulsa
  • Program Date: January 25, 2024
  • Application Deadline: November 17, 2023
  • Eligibility: Open to 7th-12th grade students from public, private, and homeschools in Tulsa and Creek counties. Divided into Junior (7-9) and Senior (10-12) divisions. Entry does not require prior school science fair participation. Must follow ISEF rules, including necessary forms for experiments involving humans, animals, and certain microorganisms. Approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) is needed for such experiments. Required forms include 1, 1A, Research Plan Attachment, and 1B.
  • Prizes: Cash awards for top projects. About twenty projects will move on to the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair (OSSEF), and the top two will attend the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles.

The Tulsa Regional Science Fair invites students in grades 7 to 12 from Tulsa and Creek counties to explore and showcase their scientific research. This event, unique for its openness to all eligible students without needing prior school science fair involvement, adheres to the stringent International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) guidelines, particularly for projects involving human subjects, animals, and specific microorganisms. By offering cash prizes and the chance for about twenty projects to advance to the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair (OSSEF), with the top two projects moving on to the ISEF in Los Angeles, the fair not only celebrates scientific inquiry but also opens doors for young scientists to gain recognition on a global stage. This initiative underlines the importance of ethical research and provides a vital stepping stone for future innovators in the STEM field.

76. Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Wes Watkins Center, OSU Stillwater campus
  • Program Date: March 8 to 9, 2024
  • Application Deadline: January 16, 2024
  • Eligibility: Participants must be in the Junior Division (Grades 6-8) for certain events and the Senior Division (Grades 9-12) for others, with specific requirements for project setup, safety, and display clearance.
  • Prizes: Donor-sponsored awards, awards for the best science or engineering project within a specific area, cash awards, and scholarships for attending Oklahoma State University.

The International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) began in 1921 and has grown into a major event where nearly 1,800 young innovators showcase their science and engineering projects worldwide. ISEF motivates young scientists and engineers by offering opportunities to showcase their research, network with peers, and compete for awards and scholarships. The Oklahoma State Science & Engineering Fair (OSSEF) is part of this tradition, offering events that challenge and inspire students to excel in STEM. OSSEF helps highlight the talents of young participants and supports their growth in science and engineering.

Middle School Science Olympaid Winners pose with their trophies

77. Aardvark Science Exposition

  • Location: The Drinkward Center for Math, Science, And Technology (OES US Main Campus)
  • Program Date: February 23, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2024
  • Eligibility: Open to Oregon Episcopal School students in grades 10 to 12 interested in sciences, engineering, computer science, and math.
  • Prizes: Awards include category and special awards, an invitation for the top five projects to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, and the chance for the top four projects to compete at Regeneron ISEF in Los Angeles. Special awards also feature environmental and scientific achievements, with some providing scholarships and certificates.

The Aardvark Science Expo at Oregon Episcopal School is a science fair that encourages students in grades 10 to 12 to explore and present projects in science, engineering, computer science, and math. It’s a chance for these young researchers to dive deep into their interests, learn to conduct real scientific work and communicate their findings. The fair tests their knowledge and creativity and connects them with experts for valuable feedback. Winning projects get awards, and the top entries earn a spot in national and international contests like the Regeneron ISEF in Los Angeles, offering broader recognition and opportunities. This event is about more than just competition; it’s a supportive space for students to grow as scientists and thinkers, readying them for future challenges and achievements in the wider world of science.

78. CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium

  • Location: Wilsonville, Oregon
  • Program Dates: March 11 to 12, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 27 to 28, 2024
  • Eligibility: All high school students within the boundaries of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District are eligible to participate in the CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium. Homeschooled students can also participate by contacting the Fair Director.
  • Prizes: Category awards, scholarships, cash prizes, travel opportunities, and recognition from nationally recognized organizations.

The CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium allows high school students to present their science and engineering projects. This event welcomes students from the local area, including homeschooled students, to compete and share their work. Students can win awards, scholarships, cash, travel opportunities, and recognition from well-known organizations at the symposium. This celebrates their achievements, helps with their education costs, and opens doors to new experiences and connections in the science community. It’s a great way for students to gain valuable experience and recognition for their hard work and creativity.

79. Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Madlyn L. Haines Library
  • Program Dates: March 4 to 7, 2024
  • Application Deadline: January 1, 2024
  • Eligibility: All public and private schools in 41-county central Pennsylvania service area
  • Prizes: Cash awards

The Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair (CASEF), started in 1957, encourages young minds to explore and appreciate science. Students can showcase their research to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals. CASEF aims to spark interest in STEM subjects, pushing students to solve big challenges and innovate for a sustainable future. It connects students with local industries and academic institutions, promoting growth in Central Pennsylvania. Over the years, CASEF has expanded to include competitions for different age groups, allowing winners to participate in national and international science fairs. A Young Scholars program was also introduced for younger students, enhancing their learning experience.

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80. Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair

  • Location: Carnegie Science Center
  • Program Dates: April 2, 2024 for Grades 6-8 and on April 3, 2024 for Grades 9-12
  • Eligibility: All students in grades 6–12 from the 21 counties within Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County, Maryland
  • Prizes: Win scholarships and qualify for international fairs

The Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair encourages middle and high school students to explore science through year-long projects. This program, rooted in a tradition since 1940, fosters career interest in STEM by connecting young minds with experts and organizations, preparing them for future economic roles.

81. Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: CCRI, Warwick
  • Program Date: March 17, 2024
  • Application Deadline: December 13, 2023
  • Eligibility: Grades 9 through 12
  • Prizes: Medals and a chance to travel to the INTEL ISEF

The Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair (RISEF) is a significant event that encourages students to explore and present projects in science and engineering. It promotes learning through hands-on projects, letting students use scientific methods and engineering principles in real-world scenarios. At this fair, students present their research to experts from universities and companies, getting valuable feedback.

82. Lowcountry Science Fair

  • Location: College of Charleston
  • Program Date: March 7, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 11, 2024
  • Eligibility: Grades 5 – 12 from Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Georgetown counties
  • Prizes: Overall Winners in the Senior Division will each get a $2,500 Scholarship Award to come to the College of Charleston and major in a STEM discipline in the School of Sciences and Mathematics

The Lowcountry Science Fair, led by the College of Charleston, enhances education in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. It offers a wide range of science and math resources, including educational videos, to students from K-12 schools and future teachers. This initiative encourages learning and teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing easy access to quality materials. It supports students and educators in understanding and engaging with these critical subjects better, preparing them for future challenges and opportunities in these fields.

83. Piedmont South Carolina Region III Science Fair

  • Location: Campus Life Center (CLC)
  • Program Date: March 16, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 8, 2024
  • Eligibility: Grades 1 to 12
  • Prizes: Compete in the Regional Science Fair at USC Upstate

The Piedmont Region III Science Fair, held by USC Upstate and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Spartanburg, is a yearly event for students in several South Carolina counties. It’s part of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) network, emphasizing safe and ethical research practices. A rules wizard provided by ISEF guides students through the preparation of their projects, ensuring they meet all required standards. The fair involves a registration phase for participating schools, deadlines for project submissions, scheduled times for dropping off and picking up projects, and an interview period specifically for high school students.

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84. Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Belmont
  • Program Date: March 22, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 18, 2024
  • Eligibility: Must complete the STEM Wizard student registration and upload the required ISEF forms
  • Prizes: Represent MTSEF at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair

The Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair (MTSEF) is a key STEM competition for middle and high school students in Middle Tennessee, covering 24 counties. For over 70 years, MTSEF has been dedicated to promoting STEM education, reaching out especially to underserved communities, and maintaining a strong representation of female participants, who comprise over half of its participants and winners. College educators and industry professionals judge the event across 17 categories.

85. Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AZSEF)

  • Location: Mountain America Stadium, Tempe, AZ
  • Program Dates: April 4 to 6, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2024
  • Eligibility: Grades 5–12 who have placed first at a school, homeschool, district, county, or regional science fair
  • Prizes: Prizes and scholarships

The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) is Arizona’s main science fair, organized by the Arizona Science Center. The top performers in the senior division get a chance to compete internationally at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (RISEF). The fair’s mission is to encourage scientific exploration and support students and teachers in Arizona. AzSEF offers an opportunity for young scientists to demonstrate their projects, receive recognition for their work, and engage with the wider scientific community.

86. Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Texas Education Agency Region 10
  • Program Date: February 17, 2024
  • Eligibility: 6th – 12th grade students
  • Prizes: Students will compete in a school and district’s fair for 1st place

The Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) is an annual event for 6th to 12th graders from all types of schools in Texas Education Agency Region 10. It’s linked to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, allowing students to compete beyond their local school. They start by participating in their school’s fair, and the best projects move up to district and regional levels. Winners from DRSEF can go on to state and international contests. This allows students to share their work widely, meet others with similar interests, and learn more about science and engineering.

87. Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: College Park Center, UT Arlington
  • Program Date: March 22, 2024
  • Eligibility: Grades 6 – 12
  • Prizes: Category awards, scholarships, and cash prizes

The UT Arlington-Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a prestigious event in Texas, known for being the oldest of its kind in the state and the largest in the region. It welcomes students from 10 counties to showcase their scientific and engineering projects. The fair is organized by volunteers from the community and businesses to highlight the importance of science and encourage students to explore beyond their schoolwork. Unlike many other fairs, there is no fee to enter, making it accessible to all students. This approach encourages widespread engagement and nurtures a keen interest in science and engineering among young learners by enabling them to showcase their talents and innovations.

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88. Science Engineering Fair of Houston

  • Location: Fort Bend Epicenter
  • Program Dates: February 16 to 17, 2024
  • Application Deadline: January 26, 2024
  • Eligibility: Grades 6 to 8
  • Prizes: Cash, savings bonds, memberships, subscriptions, scientific equipment, computers, internships, etc.

The 2024 Science & Engineering Fair of Houston will be held in person, allowing young students to display their scientific projects. This year, the event has made it simpler for these students by combining several required forms into one document, which needs to be filled out online. All submissions must be made through the STEM Wizard system, and students must follow specific science fair rules but with a slight change: they’ll use a special form designed just for Texas middle school participants. Everything, from project registration to form submission, must be done electronically, ensuring no paper forms are used. Teachers and sponsors must ensure their schools are listed on the STEM Wizard website before registering. This streamlined process makes participation easier and more efficient, encouraging students to engage deeply with science and engineering.

89. Greater Austin Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: 900 Barton Springs Rd
  • Program Dates: Feb 21 to 24, 2024
  • Eligibility: Grades 3 to 12
  • Prizes: Advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair

The Greater Austin Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a significant event in Texas, attracting nearly 3,000 students. This fair encourages student research by rewarding creativity and innovation, but it also offers professionals in science and engineering fields the opportunity to engage with the community through volunteering. Open to students from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including public, charter, private, and home schools, the fair draws participants across Central Texas, covering numerous counties. It is designed to include students whose projects have already been recognized at local school fairs. For those homeschooled or attending schools that have yet to take part, there is a process in place to request participation.

90. Ritchey Science Fair

  • Location: Northern Utah
  • Program Dates: Junior Fair: March 14, 2024; Senior Fair: March 15, 2024
  • Eligibility: Students must attend public schools in the Weber and Davis School Districts and have placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their district fair categories or be otherwise selected by those districts to attend the Ritchey Science Fair. All other students in the service area advancing to the fair must participate in a fair, whether it is their school’s or a district fair, and place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their category or be otherwise selected by the school/district fair. The service area includes Box Elder, Cache, Daggett, Duchesne, Logan, Morgan, North Summit, Ogden, Rich, and Uintah districts, as well as charter, private (except St. Olaf and St. Joseph), and home schools in all of the above districts and Davis and Weber counties. Students in Davis and Weber school districts advancing to the Ritchey Science Fair from their district fairs are considered to be in a separate ISEF affiliation group.
  • Prizes: Advancement to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair

The Ritchey Science Fair is a key event for middle and high school students in Northern Utah, providing them a stage to showcase their scientific projects and compete with peers. It opens doors to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, where significant awards are offered. High schoolers (grades 9-12) can conduct independent research, apply scientific methods, and present their work to experts and peers, with standout projects advancing internationally. The fair requires early registration, a small fee, and specific forms, with detailed instructions available for students from different districts. For younger students (grades 6-8), the Junior Science Fair encourages them to undertake and present their research projects. To participate, students must excel in their local school or district fairs. The event supports a broad area, welcoming various schools and districts, and aims to nurture young scientific minds by offering recognition and opportunities to showcase their research.

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91. University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair (USEF)

  • Location: University of Utah
  • Program Dates: March 10 to 15, 2024
  • Eligibility: Grades 5 to 12
  • Prizes: Cash awards and trophies

The University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair (USEF) is a yearly event that invites students to compete and show their projects in science and engineering. This competition is open to students from several districts and schools, including public, private, and charter schools, and home-schooled students in the area. Participating in USEF helps students get more interested in science and technology. It also teaches them important skills like communicating clearly, making decisions, thinking critically, and considering different ways to solve problems. Through USEF, students can present their work, learn from others, and develop skills important for their education and future careers in science and engineering.

92. Northern Virginia Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: George Mason University and Pinnacle Academy
  • Program Date: May 4, 2024
  • Application Deadline: April 19, 2024
  • Eligibility: Middle school students
  • Prizes: Medals and certificates

The NVSE Fair, known as the Greater Northern Virginia Science and Engineering Fair, offers elementary and middle school students a chance to engage in scientific research and innovation. It is supported by the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge and the Broadcom Foundation, highlighting its significance in the STEM community. To help participants prepare, information sessions for parents and teachers are scheduled for March 20th and April 3rd, respectively, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. These sessions aim to guide attendees on how to make the most of the event. By participating, students can showcase their projects, sharpen their analytical and problem-solving skills, and foster a deeper interest in science and technology fields.

93. Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Robinson Secondary School
  • Program Dates: March 15 to 17, 2024
  • Eligibility: The competition is open to high school students in Fairfax County. Students may earn entry through a science fair held at their local public or private schools. For Non-FCPS Independent Schools, a mandatory information meeting must be attended, and intent to participate at the Regional Level must be confirmed by December 1 of each school year.
  • Prizes: Scholarships, gift certificates, U.S. Treasury bonds, professional publication subscriptions, and invitations to luncheons or dinner receptions

The Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a key event for high school students in Fairfax County, held at Robinson Secondary School from March 15 to 17, 2024. It allows students to demonstrate their skills in science and engineering before a panel of judges and experts with deep knowledge in various STEM areas. The competition fosters direct connections between students and the scientific community, allowing them to gain recognition and win awards from STEM organizations. These awards vary, including scholarships and other valuable prizes, reflecting the community’s support for young innovators. Through participation, students compete and enhance their knowledge, skills, and opportunities in science and engineering fields.

94. Central Virginia Regional Science Fair

  • Location: CVCC  Merritt Hall
  • Program Date: March 9, 2024
  • Eligibility: Grades 5 to 12
  • Prizes: Represent the regional fair at the Virginia State Science & Engineering Fair

The Central Virginia Regional Science Fair (CVRSF) invites public, private, and homeschooled students to explore scientific research by asking questions and exploring topics that interest them. This program guides students from the initial stage of choosing a topic, which can be inspired by current science and technology, to conduct their research. High school students must inform their science teachers and comply with the rules for their grade level. In contrast, younger students in grades 5-8 might participate through class activities or on their own, with their projects entered electronically after getting permission. While schools in the region cover the fees, private and homeschool students pay per project.

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95. Prince William-Manassas Regional Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Prince William-Manassas Region
  • Program Dates: March 7 to 16, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 23, 2024
  • Eligibility: Participant eligibility requires Prince William County Schools (PWCS) regulation 790-3 parental consent for any PWCS student to create an account in zFairs for registration/project submission.
  • Prizes: Monetary award and a trophy

The 2024 Prince William-Manassas Regional Science and Engineering Fair invites students to present their science and engineering projects. This event is part of Prince William County Schools’ (PWCS) efforts to promote education and community engagement, offering various academic and developmental programs to enhance learning, safety, and teacher support alongside advanced technology use. Participation in the fair allows students to improve their research skills, gain recognition, and explore their interest in STEM fields. It reflects PWCS’s commitment to preparing students for future education and careers, fostering a supportive learning environment, and building strong community ties.

96. Loudoun County Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: John Champe High School
  • Program Date: March 20, 2024
  • Eligibility: The fair involves more than 300 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) high school students. It is open for community support through award sponsors and judges. The eligibility for participating in different capacities, such as sponsoring a category, donating an award, or judging, is not specified beyond a general call for community involvement.
  • Prizes: The fair seeks category sponsors for first-, second-, and third-place monetary awards. Additionally, it invites community and business organizations to provide special awards. All types of awards and recognitions are welcome.

The 2024 Loudoun County Regional Science and Engineering Fair (RSEF) is set to take place on March 20th at John Champe High School, welcoming over 300 high school students from Loudoun County Public Schools to showcase their science and engineering projects. This 42nd edition of the Fair encourages community involvement by seeking judges and sponsors to support these young innovators. Students can submit their projects across 22 categories, from Animal Sciences to Robotics, allowing for broad exposure to their work. The Fair also invites businesses and community organizations to sponsor awards, ensuring students receive recognition for their efforts.

97. Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair

  • Location: Center for the Sciences at Radford University
  • Program Dates: March 1 to 2, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 2, 2024
  • Eligibility: High school seniors
  • Prizes: Cash, prizes, trophies, ribbons, and other awards

The Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair is an event where students can showcase their scientific research, following strict guidelines set by the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Participants must complete specific forms to show they follow the rules covering safety, legal, and ethical standards. The fair encourages students to conduct original research, meaning their projects should offer new insights and not just repeat previous studies. Through this experience, students learn how to conduct formal research, think critically, and present their findings, preparing them for further scientific work.

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98. Capital Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: Madison, WI, USA
  • Program Date: March 16, 2024
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2024
  • Eligibility: High school students from South Central Wisconsin and beyond, grades 9-12, including public, private, and home school students
  • Prizes: Opportunity to enter the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Badger State Science & Engineering Fair

The Capital Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF) is an annual event designed for high school students from South Central Wisconsin and beyond, offering them an avenue to exhibit their scientific and engineering research projects. Beyond showcasing their work, students can compete for entry into prestigious competitions such as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Badger State Science & Engineering Fair. The fair recognizes and awards the achievements of young researchers across various categories and facilitates significant learning and development opportunities in science and engineering.

99. Hawaii State Science Fair

  • Location: UH Hilo
  • Program Dates: April 1 to 3, 2024
  • Eligibility: Grades 6-12
  • Prizes: Cash prizes

The Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair (HSSEF), supported by Hawaii Dental Service, is a key event for students interested in science and engineering. Judges, experienced in various scientific fields, evaluate the projects, looking for creativity and scientific accuracy. Winning awards at the fair can be a significant achievement for students, with categories including ISEF, Grand Award, and Special Awards. The fair also offers help through virtual office hours for any project-related questions. Participating in HSSEF allows students to enhance their research, critical thinking, and communication skills, providing a valuable experience for their academic and future professional lives.

100. Alaska Science and Engineering Fair

  • Location: The First United Methodist Church in Anchorage
  • Program Dates: April 5 to 6, 2024
  • Eligibility: Finalists must be students enrolled in a public, private, or parochial school and not over 21 years of age.
  • Prizes: Trip to the Intel ISEF and 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, or honorable mention ribbon

This year’s theme, inspired by NASA’s Artemis Program, is “Don’t Need Gravity to Explore.” It challenges students to explore space, astrobiology, and ways to improve life on Earth. High school students must adhere to additional regulations to qualify for the International Science and Engineering Fair. The event stresses the importance of student-led research and prohibits certain materials for safety. It promises valuable feedback from judges, the chance to meet experts and other students, and encourages thinking about science and exploration beyond our planet.

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Maximizing Your Chances at the Regeneron ISEF Through Regional Science and Engineering Fairs

Joining the 100 regional science and engineering fairs leading to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) provides students the opportunity to showcase innovative projects. To excel in these competitions, it’s essential to consider several key strategies:

  • Early and Thorough Preparation: Start your project research and development months in advance. This early start allows for in-depth exploration, experimentation, and data collection, which is crucial for a strong project foundation.
  • Mentorship: Seek guidance from teachers, professionals, or researchers who can provide valuable insights, feedback, and advice throughout your project development process. A good mentor can significantly enhance the quality of your work and presentation.
  • Effective Communication: Develop a clear, concise presentation that articulates the significance of your project. Use visuals effectively, practice your speech to ensure clarity, and prepare to answer judges’ questions confidently.
  • Engagement in Workshops: Participate in pre-fair workshops or seminars on project presentation, display aesthetics, and communication skills. These sessions can provide tips on making your project stand out.

Conclusion

Participating in regional science and engineering fairs on the path to the Regeneron ISEF is a valuable experience for students passionate about STEM. Success comes from starting early, getting guidance from mentors, communicating clearly, and taking advantage of learning opportunities.

Winning at these fairs can lead to scholarships, internships, and connections with experts. Your project could also have a positive impact on society or the environment. Plus, the skills you develop — like problem-solving and public speaking — are useful for any future career.

In short, these competitions are about more than just the awards. They’re a stepping stone for personal development, professional opportunities, and contributing to the wider world.

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