List of Science Fairs and Competitions
National and International Fairs and Competitions
- Intel Science Talent Search (STS): A competition for high school seniors. Top prize is a $100,000 scholarship.
- Conrad Foundation's Spirit of Innovation Awards: Challenges student teams to solve real world problems in the areas of Clean Energy, Aerospace Exploration, and Cyber Security. For students age 13-18. Winning team is awarded $5000 to continue product development. Spirit of Innovation Awards are sponsored, in part, by Lockheed Martin Corporation.
- Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program: This program aims to recognize exceptional students and support them in the fulfillment of their potential. It includes categories of science, mathematics, and technology, among others. The top prize is $50,000.
- Discovery Young Scientist Challenge (DYSC): For students in grades 5-8. Ten finalists will receive $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to St. Paul, MN for the competition finals. The first-place winner will receive $25,000.
- International BioGENEius Challenge: For high school students only; recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. Process is state, national, international; hosted by the Biotechnology Institute. Top prize is a $7,500 cash award.
- Kids' Science Challenge: A nationwide competition open to students in grades 3 through 6. Challenges students to come up with a unique solution to one of the three annual challenges. Funded by the National Science Foundation.
- Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology: A competition for high school students. Top prize is a $100,000 scholarship.
- Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC): The world's largest model rocket contest, accepts teams of students in grades 7–12 from any U.S. school or non-profit youth organization.
- The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition: For U.S. and Canadian students in grades 7-12. Top prize is $3,000 and a trip to Walt Disney World and Kennedy Space Center.
- The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS): This program invites high school students in grades 9–12 to conduct an original research investigation in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics, and to participate in a regional symposium sponsored by universities or other academic institutions. Regional winners proceed to a national competition.
- Young Naturalist Awards: This program from the American Museum of Natural History and sponsored by Alcoa Corporation is a research-based essay contest for students in grades 7–12 to promote participation and communication in science.
The following competitions require that students first qualify at an affiliated fair. See the websites for details:
- The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is a competition for 6th–8th grade students who participate in science fairs in the U.S. and are nominated to compete in the national competition. 30 Finalists will win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the $25,000 grand prize.
- Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF): For high school students only, who must first qualify at an affiliated fair. Top prize is a $50,000 scholarship.
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