Volunteering at NYCSEF

In order to execute one of the largest city-wide science fairs, NYCSEF is dependent on hundreds of people that volunteer their time and expertise for the event to run smoothly.  We, at NYCSEF, want to make the science fair becomes the experience of a lifetime for the brightest high school investigators in the five boroughs.  For that to come true, we need YOUR help.  Each year, we receive hundreds of applications from public and private high school students throughout the five boroughs. Approximately 450 projects will display and demonstrate their science and technology projects in a preliminary round of competition, and about 150 at the finals round. Volunteering at NYCSEF takes place in many different forms from judging to helping with the logistics of the event.


NYCSEF is seeking service-minded educators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to volunteer their time one Sunday and/or one weekday each spring. These individuals evaluate science fair projects in two rounds of competition, determine which students will represent New York City at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and which students to recognize at a separate Awards Ceremony. Science fair submissions come from over 50 private and public high schools in the five boroughs, and those students who qualify for the fairs value the feedback they receive from professionals in the field. It is a rewarding experience, both for our judges and for the students, and we hope you will consider registering as a judge for either or both events.

We need more than 300 volunteer judges (scientists, engineers, teachers, and other professionals) to evaluate the presentation of the exhibits and the scientific or engineering processes (see our general judging guidelines for details). Please click HERE for more information regarding judging.  Your time commitment would only be a few hours on either day.

Event Staff

NYCSEF is seeking volunteers to assist with the daily functions of the day.  From student registration to crowd control to assisting with judges, it’s the staff volunteers that make sure NYCSEF runs as efficiently possible.  We hope that you will consider being part of the NYCSEF Event Staff at either or both events.  Please click HERE for more information and to sign up.

You can also email us at NYCSEF@cuny.edu if you have any questions.  We hope you see you at the next NYCSEF!



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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