Fair Info

As the city’s largest high school research competition, the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) hosts several hundred high school students from all five boroughs of New York City each year. Students present their research projects to expert judges and compete for a variety of prizes, and advancement to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. NYCSEF is sponsored by the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and the City University of New York (CUNY) / Office of Academic Affairs.

When and Where

Preliminary Round:  Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 @ The City College of New York (Manhattan).

This year’s Preliminary Round hosted 474 projects presented by more than 600 students from all over the five boroughs.  Judges included science educators and professionals in the science and engineering fields from the city’s foremost research institutions, top universities and the business sector.

Finals Round: Tuesday, March 25, 2014  @ American Museum of Natural History, Hall of Ocean Life (Manhattan).

Projects scoring in the top 25% of their categories were invited to compete in the Finals Round and judged by experts in the 14 science and engineering fields.  Seventeen students (representing 15 projects) were selected to advance and represent New York City in May at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, California.

Awards Ceremony:

Thursday, March 27 @ The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 

The top projects from both the preliminary and final rounds will be recognized as First Award, Second Award, Third Award, and Special Award winners.  The students selected to represent New York City in May at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angles, California, will be announced during the ceremony.  All award winners must be present to receive their awards and prizes.

A complete list of all of the students selected to represent NYC at the Intel ISEF can be downloaded here.

A complete list of all of the 2014 NYCSEF Participants and Award Winners can be downloaded here.

Why you should be involved

Science fairs are gateways to a life-long fascination with science and with learning. Ask any scientist, engineer, or doctor about their science fair project and they invariably wax nostalgic and then explain how that event changed the course of their lives – regardless of whether it was a winning or losing endeavor.

Science fairs put into practice the very skills that form successful academic and professional careers. It’s so much more than just a showcase of science experiments.

A competitive science project requires: reading, writing, math, statistics, ethics, critical thinking, computer science, graphic arts, scientific methodology, presentation skills and a face-to-face defense of their work in front of expert judges. Students also learn to budget time and money; in groups, they practice teamwork and leadership; and at the fair itself, they interact with science educators, top scientists, and scientific innovators as judges.

But most importantly, participating in NYCSEF represents an active opportunity for student self-learning in a field of their own interest, a promise of adding to the greater scientific understanding, and a chance for recognition, awards and an accomplishment that will distinguish a college application.

Supporting future scientists and engineers has never been more important. In order to remain educationally and economically competitive, we need to bolster the scientific curiosity and ambitions of these talented young individuals. Consider these statistics:

  • 50% of all engineering degrees awarded by U.S. engineering colleges are earned by international students,
  • 50% of the current science and engineering workforce is nearing the age of retirement.

Science fairs are not just for high school students. You can be involved as a volunteer, as a judge, and if you have a master’s or doctoral degree in Math, Engineering or Science, please sign up to judge.

Who Runs the Program

CUNY College Now is pleased to organize this event in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education Office of School Programs and Partnerships. College Now is a comprehensive initiative between CUNY and the NYCDOE that prepares public high school students for college. Students from more than 400 public high schools participate in College Now programs each year, and the NYCSEF presents an exciting opportunity for College Now to collaborate with students and teachers throughout the city.

In response to the requirements of a global scientifically skilled workforce, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein has declared 2005 – 2015 the Decade of Science, emphasizing the need for a strong math and science curriculum and updated research facilities at CUNY. In delivering the keynote address at the 2008 NYCSEF opening ceremony, Chancellor Goldstein repeated CUNY’s commitment to educating future investigators and innovators in science and technology, renewing our partnership with high school students, teachers and administrators in the five boroughs through College Now and programs such as the New York City Science and Engineering Fair.

In 2011, President Barack Obama highlighted in his visit to the NYCSEF Finals Event, the importance for students to participate in activities like these and the skills gained by completing research projects.

Upcoming Deadlines

  1. 17Dec2014 NYCSEF Application Deadline
  2. 01Mar2015 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York
  3. 24Mar2015  NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History
  4. 27Mar2015 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Kaye Playhouse Theatre-Hunter College
  5. 10May2015 International Science & Engineering Fair Week in Pittsburgh,PA

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News + Notes

Welcome back Team NYC 2014! Congratulations on all your accomplishments.  Visit the Students or Teachers sections for more information.

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