Students & Teachers


The NYCSEF application and rules and guidelines is available for download.  Please visit the Application tab for more information.  Online Registration will open in the Fall of 2017.  The deadline for all NYCSEF materials is December 13, 2017.

NYCSEF Modifications for 2017-2018

  • New Categories: Students can now submit projects in the Behavioral Neurosciences (BN) or the Behavioral Sociology/Psychology (BS) categories.


  • NYCSEF Rules regarding tissue studies of vertebrate animals: Tissue studies in which tissue collected from vertebrates must adhere to all vertebrate rules and guidelines as described on pages 12-14 and Appendix I. Specifically tissues collected from any of the prohibited areas (e.g. studies that induce toxicity, conditioning with aversive stimuli, vertebrate predator-prey studies, mother-infant separation, induced helplessness, studies of pain, etc.) will fail to qualify for NYCSEF.


  • Research in Development – NYCSEF will maintain this category to encourage the efforts of students new to research.  The NYCSEF Scientific Review Committee will invite a limited number of NYCSEF applicants whose projects show great promise but are not competition-ready to join the fair under this new category.  Students may NOT apply to the Research in Development category. Upon review of the projects, the SRC will contact the teachers who sponsored project(s) that the committee deemed 1) not competition-ready and 2) promising for future competition, and 3) in need of further development and will ask the teacher to nominate and further support students to present their work in this category (Only a few projects from each school will be represented in this category.)  As a RD category participant, all attending students will participate in all aspects of the fair; however when meeting with judges their projects will not evaluated for the competition. RD Judges will provide supportive feedback to help the student further develop his/her/their research so that he/she/they may successfully complete in next year’s fair.  In addition, all attendees will be matched with a NYCSEF mentor to receive in person and online mentorship with their project development and application. New this year, NYCSEF will ask for additional commitment from students and teachers.


  • NYCSEF Rules for projects using human participants: For incomplete or invalid Human Participants Forms – students will be required to submit a letter from each person associated with the project’s IRB, stating that they have reviewed the project.


Welcome back Team NYC from Intel ISEF 2017! For information regarding ISEF Finalists please visit NYC ISEF Finalists.  Congratulations to all the NYC high school presenters that participated in NYCSEF 2017! Approximately 13 projects were selected to advance and represent New York City in May at the 2017  Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, CA.  ISEF finalists received an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, CA and competed for over $4,000,000 in scholarships and awards. Please click on ISEF grand and special awards for information.

Please click on NYCSEF Awards Ceremony  for more information regarding award winners and ISEF Finalists.

Please visit FAIR INFO for further information about NYCSEF. Contact NYCSEF at with any questions about your project or for information regarding the competition.



Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

  1. 13Dec2017 NYCSEF Project Application Due Date
  2. 04Mar2018 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York.
  3. 20Mar2018 NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History
  4. 26Mar2018 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  5. 13May2018 International Science & Engineering Fair Week May, 13-18 in Pittsburgh, PA

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News + Notes

The 2018 NYCSEF Online Registration System will be open November.  The application is available for download.


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