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EKU to Host Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair, March 26, 2016


EKU will host the 14th annual Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair for middle school and high school students on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

The Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair (KY-SEF) is expected to feature the work of more than 200 students who have advanced through local and regional competitions across the Commonwealth. They will compete for plaques, ribbons, cash prizes, university and private scholarships, and special awards from corporations and organizations in 22 categories: Animal Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Embedded Systems, Energy: Chemical, Energy: Physical, Engineering Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Sciences, Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Systems Software, and Translational Medical Science.

Doors will open for student participants on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5:00p.m. for registration packet pick-up, payment of registration fee (if not prepaid), and project set-up.  Doors will close at 9:00p.m., with security provided by EKU ROTC.  Doors will re-open to participants at 7:00a.m.; all projects must be in place by 8:00a.m.

The public can view the students’ work from 2:00 to 4:00p.m. Saturday, March 26, in Alumni Coliseum. An awards ceremony will begin at 4:00p.m. in Brock Auditorium, Coates Building.

Five “Best of Fair” winners at the high school level also become eligible to enter the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2016. Students supported by KY-SEF at Intel ISEF have been very successful, winning both category prizes and scholarships.

Affiliation with Intel ISEF requires that KY-SEF provide an all expense paid, week-long trip for high school "Best of Fair" winners (5 students plus two teachers). The total annual budget for conducting the fair and providing the winning trip ranges from $25,000 to $30,000 depending on location of the international fair. All contributions are spent on conducting the state fair and sending the Kentucky delegation to Intel ISEF. KY-SEF is an all-volunteer organization incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with no paid employees and is a registered charitable organization in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, ID# 10631.

To contribute to the Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair, please visit our web site or contact Dr. Jason Marion or Ms. June Settle at 859-622-9252.  Any contribution is appreciated; no amount is too small.

In addition to funds, judges are always needed.

“One of the most valuable experiences these student finalists can have is the opportunity to discuss their research with established members of the scientific and engineering communities,” says Dr. Barbara Ramey, retired KY-SEF Fair Director. “Each year more than 100 professionals are needed, including university faculty, medical researchers, industrial scientists, engineers, and representatives of private and governmental research centers to volunteer their time to interview and determine awards for these deserving young scientists.”

To judge at the high school level, judges should have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent), a M.S. degree, or at least three years of professional experience in the category they wish to judge. High school teachers and graduate students may judge in the middle school competition.

For more information on the Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair, including photos of past participants, visit the fair’s web site. Questions should be directed to either: Dr. Jason Marion or Ms. June Settle


Published on March 25, 2012

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