The Georgia Science & Engineering Fair, originally scheduled for March 26-28 in Athens, will be moving to a virtual platform. We know that students have worked hard on projects, and we want to ensure that your hard work is acknowledged and evaluated!
UPDATE FOR ALL 2020 GSEF EXHIBITORS: Please see the Virtual Project Submission Instructions. For guidance on submitting your project for judging via the virtual platform and links to the online submission forms. The submission deadline for Senior Division (grade 9-12) projects is Friday, March 20. The submission deadline for Junior Division (grade 6-8) projects is Friday, April 3.
Students may find their Exhibit ID number on the GSEF List of Exhibitors.
The purpose of the virtual platform is to give students an opportunity to share their research as if they were presenting to a judge in person at the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair. Students will film and submit a 5-10 minute video presentation with their exhibit board, as well as clear photos of the exhibit board and/or digital files containing the exhibit board content. At this point, we do not plan on arranging for remote interviews in real time, as we cannot reasonably expect all students and judges to have the capability and availability to do so.
We are working hard to ensure that GSEF continues to be a valuable and enriching experience for participants, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this change.
Updates will continue to be posted on the GSEF website (www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/gsef) and sent to all students, parents, teachers, and Regional Fair personnel for whom we have email addresses on file. If you belong to a school system that blocks emails from outside senders, please help us ensure that your students receive this information either by sending us a non-school email address or checking the GSEF website frequently for updates. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students selected from their Regional Science & Engineering Fair to advance to the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair must complete the following within THREE (3) days following the Regional Fair:
- REGISTER YOUR PROJECT (password provided by your Regional Fair Director). Only submit one registration per team.
- Submit your signed GSEF Participation Agreement(s) and all required research forms to your Regional Fair Director.
- Submit your GSEF Registration Fee payment ($39 per student) to your Regional Fair Director, or pay online with credit card (note this site is for payment ONLY; students must register their projects using the link in step 1 above). Email invoice requests to email@example.com.
The 72nd Georgia Science & Engineering Fair will take place at the Classic Center in downtown Athens, GA Thursday, March 26-28, 2020. Researchers in grades 6-12 may qualify by advancing from a school level fair to one of the GSEF-Affiliated Regional Fairs across the state, where they may be selected to compete at GSEF.
All students and sponsoring teachers who are interested in conducting scientific research and qualifying for regional or statewide science and engineering fairs must follow the International Rules for Pre-College Science Research. Proper protocol and prior approvals will be required for all students to be eligible to compete at affiliated regional fairs across the state and GSEF.
BEFORE BEGINNING EXPERIMENTATION: It is the responsibility of the student and the Adult Sponsor to evaluate student research to determine if the project requires forms and/or approval prior to experimentation, especially projects that use human participants, vertebrate animals, or potentially hazardous biological agents. Students are encouraged to consult with the local SRC/IRB to ensure they have followed all rules and completed all required forms.
Students and mentors are strongly encouraged to use the ISEF Rules Wizard tool to help determine what forms are required for the project. You can also download individual forms directly below or download the whole set.
- Official GSEF Abstract Form
- Form 1: Checklist for Adult Sponsor
- Form 1A: Student Checklist / Research Plan
- Form 1B: Approval Form
- Form 1C: Regulated Research Institutional / Industrial Setting
- Form 2: Qualified Scientist Form
- Form 3: Risk Assessment Form
- Form 4: Human Participants Form
- Sample Informed Consent Form
- Form 5A / 5B: Vertebrate Animals Form
- Form 6A: Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Form
- Form 6B: Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form
- Form 7: Continuation / Research Progression Form
- ISEF Rules & Guidelines (full text)
The Georgia Science & Engineering Fair (GSEF) is Georgia’s premier forum for students to showcase their original research, compete for awards, and interact with top-level professional scientists. The science fair system in Georgia serves not only to recognize students for their achievements, but also to prepare students to succeed and flourish in an increasingly complex and highly technical world by becoming problem solvers, critical thinkers, reflective learners, and more productive and influential members of their communities. GSEF is held annually in March/early April at the Classic Center in downtown Athens, Georgia.
Every year thousands of students compete in local science fairs across the state. The winners of these fairs are invited to compete in one of the GSEF-Affiliated Regional Fairs in January and February, and the top projects from each regional fair are invited to attend and compete at GSEF. At GSEF, the exhibitors have the opportunity to share their research with some of the top scientists in Georgia and compete for awards and scholarships. A select number of projects will be chosen to advance to the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), which will take place in Anaheim, CA May 10-15, 2020.
Mission Statement: The Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) is dedicated to encouraging all Georgia's teachers and school districts to incorporate active science and engineering research into their classrooms in order to help students 1) develop a love for science, 2) learn to isolate important problems and to attack and solve these problems within the framework of organized, logical thought, careful research, and a detailed analysis of facts, and 3) showcase and celebrate their achievements.
$39 per student