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President Obama visits the Finals, 2011

Finals Round, The American Museum of Natural History

Team NYC 2016, Judging Day

Team NYC 2016, Judging Day

2016 New York City Science & Engineering Fair (Preliminary Round), Sunday, March 6, 2016 at CCNY.

Judges, Preliminary Round

Preliminary Round, The City College of New York

Preliminary Round, The City college of New York

Awards Ceremony, The Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College

Awards Ceremony, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

About NYCSEF 2016

The New York City Science and Engineering Fair, the largest high school research competition in NYC, is sponsored by the New York City Department of Education and the City University of New York.   Each year, hundreds of students participate from all over the five boroughs.  This year’s top awards include scholarships to study at CUNY’s City College of New York and Hunter College as well as an all-expense paid trip to represent NYC at the 2016 Intel ISEF.  More details about all of the NYCSEF events can be found here.

NYCSEF is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Winners of the NYCSEF competition will represent Team NYC at the INTEL ISEF and compete for more than $4,000,000 in awards.  Students interested in participating in future NYCSEF events are encouraged to review the NYCSEF Rules and Guidelines.

Information regarding results from NYCSEF 2016 can be found here.


President Obama visits the Finals

In 2011, addressing the 191 students participating at the Finals Round, President Obama said, “I want you to know that you are the key to our success. You’re going to be able to find a job because there’s going to be a great advantage for the skills you’re learning. So you should all be extraordinarily proud of the work you’re doing.”

Volunteer to Judge

Volunteer as a judge in this year’s NYCSEF. Judges are needed in the biological, physical sciences, plant sciences, behavioral and social sciences, mathematics, engineering, computers and many more.

Join the team

Volunteer at the Fair!

NYCSEF is successful because of all the people that put in the effort in seeing the events run smoothly.  Join the crew and volunteer!

If you are interested in volunteering for the Preliminary and/or Finals Round or have any questions please email us at NYCSEF@cuny.edu.

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Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

  1. 16Dec2015 NYCSEF Project Application Due Date
  2. 06Mar2016 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York
  3. 29Mar2016 NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History
  4. 01Apr2016 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College
  5. 08May2016 International Science & Engineering Fair Week in Phoenix, AZ

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 Heart of NYCSEF

 Inspiration from our Judges

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News + Notes

Congrats to the 2016 Team NYC! Visit the Fair Info tab for more information.



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