• Students poster presentation with judges.
  • Student chemistry poster presentation to judges.
  • Student poster presentation talking with other students.
  • Student poster presentation on archery.
  • Student poster presentation on water purification.
  • Student presenting his findings on electricity.

Western Regional Science Fair

Welcome to the 2019 Western Regional Science Fair!

February 9, 2019
Hosted by the University of Minnesota Crookston
8:00 am - Registration and Exhibit Setup

Registration will begin December 2018!

Science and Engineering Fairs offer an exceptional opportunity to enrich school programs at both the elementary and secondary level through encouraging independent project work, developing displays, having work judged, sharing similar interests with other students, competing for awards and receiving local, national and even international recognition. Science and Engineering Fair work provides experiences and motivation that are reflected in both personal and classroom development.
- MSU Mankato website.

The Western Minnesota Region is one of the eight regions in Minnesota and includes the counties of Big Stone, Becker, Clay, Grant, Mahnomen, Norman, Ottertail, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin.

The 69th Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair will take place on the campus of the University of Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the UMC Wellness Center.

Science Fair Project Guide

Fair ID: USMN05
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Questions, contact mnwestregscifair@gmail.com or Tim Dudley.

Registration, Deadlines and Fees

Registration, Deadlines and Fees

Registration

Registration will begin in December 2018!

Step 1 - Register Online

Individual Projects Register Here

Team Projects Register Here

Elementary Student Projects Register Here

Step 2 - Download & Submit Project Forms
Download and fill out all project related forms (see "Forms & Guides" accordion below). 
Forms can be mailed (see address below) or emailed to mnwestregscifair@gmail.com

Deadline for Registration and Project Form Submission

  • The deadline for entries and required forms for projects and papers must be postmarked by January 14, 2019.
  • All Forms for Scientific Review Committee (SRC) must be mailed or emailed to arrive by January 14, 2019.

We will not guarantee late submissions will be eligible for competition at the  Western MN Regional Science Fair.

Fees

2019 fees will be announced soon
Make checks payable to "Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair".

Mail Forms & Checks to:

Western MN Regional Science Fair
c/o Tim Dudley
University of Minnesota Crookston
2900 University Ave
Crookston, MN 56716

Forms may also be submitted by email - mnwestregscifair@gmail.com.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

2019 Participant Preliminary Schedule

Time Event Location
8:00-9:00am Registration; Exhibit Setup and Rules Committee Review; Projects Checked for Compliance with ISEF Rules Wellness Center
9:00-9:30am SRC Checks for compliance with ISEF rules Wellness Center
9:30am-10:45am Judging for all projects (Elementary, Middle School, High School) Wellness Center
10:45-11:30am Open to Public (Elementary can take down and head to lunch at 11:15am) Wellness Center
11:30-12:15pm Judging for Special Awards (Middle School, High School) Wellness Center
11:30am-1:30pm Lunch Brown Dining
1:30pm-2:30pm Enrichment Events Meet outside of Brown Dining
3:00pm-4:00pm (Approx) Awards Ceremony Kiehle Auditorium


University of Minnesota Crookston Campus Maps

Forms & Guides

Forms & Guides

Regional Registration Guides

2019 WRSF Forms

2019 ISEF Forms

All ISEF Forms

Project Guidelines

Project Guidelines

Projects must follow the rules and display guidelines as set forth for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Specific questions will be answered by email at displayandsafety@societyforscience.org

The Minnesota Academy of Science website is also a source of both paper and project guidelines.

All projects (except grades 4 & 5) must fill out ISEF forms appropriate for their project. The ISEF Rules Wizard will help you figure out which forms you need for your project.

Rules Wizard 

Awards

Awards

Awards listed below have been given at past fairs. This list is subject to change.

Awards Given Award Restrictions
First Place Project Participation in Intel ISEF Restricted to Grades 9-12
Second Place Project Eligible to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as Observer. Restricted to Grades 9-12
Third and Fourth Place Projects Eligible to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as Observers. Restricted to Grades 9-12
Purple Award Winners Eligible to Participate in the Minnesota Academy of Science State Fair, None
American Meteorological Society * Certificates for Ability and Creativity in an Atmospheric and Related Oceanic and Hydrologic Sciences Project (Two). Grades 9-12 but exceptions possible.
American Psychological Association 1 Certificate - Outstanding Research in Psychology in Behavioral Sciences category None
Association of Women Geosciences * 1 Award Certificate - High Standards of innovation and scientific excellence in the Geosciences, especially projects that increase public awareness of geosciences, illustrate interdisciplinary nature or promote sensitivity to the earth as a global system. Female students only
Society for Science & the Public Middle School Program Congratulation Letter - Nominees are top 10% of 5th-8th grade participation. Grades 5-8
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1 Certificate & Medallion - Individual selected from among all the general award categories whose research emphasizes NOAA's mission to understand and predict changes in Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social, and environmental needs. Grades 6-12
Intel Excellence in Computer Science 1 Certificate & $200.00 USD Grades 9-12
MU Alpha Theta 1 Certificate - Project demonstrating the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving modern mathematics. Individual or team
Society for In Vitro Biology 1 Certificate - project in area of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture Grade 11
National Society of Professional Engineers 1 Certificate and lapel pin - Outstanding Engineering Project. Grades 7-12
Ricoh Americas Corporation 1 Certificate - Sustainable Development Award  
US Metric Association * 1 certificate - for the project that best uses quantitative measurements and the SI metric system for those measurements  
Stockholm Junior Water Prize* 3 Regional Certificates and nomination to enter the state SJWP competition - Best project related to water quality, water resource management, water protection or water or wastewater treatment. Grades 9-12
Yale Science and Engineering Association * 1 Certificate and Medallion - Best Project in Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or Chemistry category. 11th Grade
U.S. Army * Engineering - Certificate + Award Grades 9-12
U.S. Army * Environmental Science including Earth and Space Sciences or Environmental Science-Certificate+ Award Grades 9-12
U.S. Army * Mathematics/Computer Science-Certificate+ Award Grades 9-12
U.S. Army * Life Sciences including Behavioral and Social Science, Medicine and Health, Microbiology, Zoology, or Botany-Certificate+ Award Grades 9-12
U.S. Army * Physical Sciences including Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Physics-Certificate+ Award. Grades 9-12
US Army Awards * In the above groups the best of the 5 will receive the Army's Bronze medallion for Science/engineering excellence Grades 9-12
U.S. Navy/Marine Corps * 2-10 awards & certificates  

Participating Counties

Participating Counties

The Western Minnesota Region is one of the eight regions in Minnesota and includes the counties of Big Stone, Becker, Clay, Grant, Mahnomen, Norman, Ottertail, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin.

Western Regional Science Fair Minnesota Counties Image

Information for Participants and Teachers

Information for Participants and Teachers

Understanding the International Rules and Guidelines and properly completing all of the paperwork (Rules Wizard) is a necessary and important part of completing your science fair project.

View the Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines

Student Handbook

View the ISEF's Overview of Forms and Dates for Pre-College Science and Engineering Projects.

Project Guidelines

Look over the Western Regional Science Fair "Project Guidelines" section above, special notes and changes for this year, as well as, display and safety regulations.

Registration, Fees and Deadlines

Please see our section on "Registration, Deadlines and Fees" section above.

Categories for Projects

View all ISEF project categories and sub-categories.

Information for Judges and Volunteers

Information for Judges and Volunteers

How to become a judge and/or volunteer at the Western Regional Science Fair?

Thank you for your interest in judging and/or volunteering the Western Regional Science fair. Any person who has an interest in science and enjoys talking to middle or high school students is eligible to judge. Judging teams consist of 2-3 people, and we try to match new judges with experienced judges. Project judging consists of talking to students and viewing the poster board displays. Usually project judges, judge 8-10 projects.

Please consider inviting some colleagues to help. We need judging and non-judging volunteers at all levels.

Judges & Volunteers Register Online - coming soon

Time Event Location
8:00-9:00am Coffee and Rolls Classrooms in Gym
9:00-9:30am Meeting of the Judges Classrooms in Gym
9:30am-10:30am Visit all assigned projects; make sure all projects are judged at least 3X Classrooms in Gym and Wellness Center Gym
10:30am-11:15am Turn in Judging Sheets and Discuss candidates for special awards Classrooms in Gym
11:15am-12:15pm Continue judging for special awards and any tie breakers needed Classrooms in Gym and Wellness Center Gym
12:15-1pm Decisions about Special Awards Made and sheets turned in Classrooms in Gym and Wellness Center Gym
1:00pm-1:30pm Lunch Brown Dining

Regional ISEF Judging Information

Resources

Questions? Contact

Thank You Past & Present Sponsors!

Lake Agassiz Level ($5,000 and above)

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Red River Level ($2,500 - $4,999) 

    UMC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Red Lake River Level ($1,000 - $2,499) 

 Simplot logo   College in the High School University of Minnesota Crookston logo

Ottertail River Level ($500 - $999)

 AURI logo  

Individual Sponsor: Tim Dudley

Individual Sponsor: Kari Torkelson

Headwaters Level (up to $499)

 AGCO logo      LeBlanc Realty logo     Crookston Pet Clinic logo     Bremer Bank Logo     Great Plains Natural Gas Company Logo

Individual Sponsor: Tony Kern