California Science & Engineering Fair
Awards Program 2022

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Awards at the California Science & Engineering Fair are distinguished as either Fair Awards, which are determined by judges working for the Fair itself, or Sponsored Awards, which are presented by organizations external to the Fair in additional recognition of student achievements.

Fair Awards

Category Awards
The California Science & Engineering Fair awards the top four projects within each subject category and each age division as First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and Fourth Place. One project, and only one project, receives each award — there are no ties. In the case of awards given to a team project with multiple students named as co-authors, the cash award is divided equally among each co-author. All category award winners receive a medallion in recognition of their achievements. Category Award winning projects receive the following cash awards:
Category Awards Junior
Division
Senior
Division
First Place $250 $500
Second Place $125 $250
Third Place $75 $125
Fourth Place $50 $75
In addition, the judges may elect to name a small number of projects of outstanding quality as Honorable Mentions. The projects will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony and on the Fair’s web site.
Project of the Year
Following the selection of Category Awards, two special committees of category judges (one for each age division) review every first place winning project in each subject category in order to select the best project in each division. These awards are $5,000 in the Senior Division, and $2,500 in the Junior Division.
Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair
From the Senior Division, about 7 projects will be qualified to Regeneron ISEF. Each selected student will receive an all-expenses paid trip to participate in the 2022 Intel ISEF which will be held May 8-13 in Atlanta, Georgia. Owing to the continuing pandemic, some restrictions apply. Owing to the short time between CSEF and ISEF, applications will need to be submitted immediately following selection.
Broadcom MASTERS™
In the Junior Division, every first and second place category award winner will be qualified into the Broadcom MASTERS, a national competition for students in grades 6-8, with a top prize of $25,000. The precise deadline for applying to this competition has not yet been announced, but will be in early June 2022.


Sponsored Awards

Sponsored Awards are presented by various professional scientific and engineering associations, businesses, volunteer groups, and private individuals in recognition of outstanding achievement through science fair projects. Judging for the awards is done by the presenting organizations themselves, and is entirely separate from the judging for category awards and all other awards presented by the Fair which are listed above.

See here for awards in recent years.


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California Science & Engineering Fair / Awards Program / CSEF@usc.edu