Understand the Deadlines

For projects requiring pre-approval, there are two deadlines: pre-approval prior to experimentation and final approval after experimentation. If there are any changes to procedures or experimental design after receiving pre-approval, projects are to be resubmitted for pre-approval if it alters the Risk Assessment Form 3 and/or changes work being completed in a research laboratory (Form 1C).

All other projects will receive a final approval after January 16, 2017. 

December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016 is the deadline postmark date for receipt of initial papers requiring pre-approval by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC).

Projects involving invertebrate or vertebrate animals, human subjects, recombinant DNA, tissue, pathogenic agents, or controlled substances must have approval from the SRC. If in doubt, please submit the project research plan and required paperwork for the SRC review, which will be completed within two weeks of submission deadline.

Pre-approval projects must submit their complete application, which includes all forms required and their detailed proposed research plans, to the SRC before any research begins. 

January 16, 2017

This is the deadline postmark date for receipt of ALL application forms from all students who are participating in the Science & Engineering Fair. For further information, please see the Student Application page.

The Day-of Science & Engineering Fair Schedule

Student Project Set-Up, Los Medanos College Gym, 3:00-7:00 p.m.

March 16, 2017

Students Check-in at Los Medanos College Gym, 11:45 a.m. ;

Judge Interviews from Noon-2:30 p.m. 

March 17, 2017


Science Fair Awards Ceremony and Public Viewing, Los Medanos Gym, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

March 18, 2017


PLEASE NOTE : At the Awards Ceremony and Public Open House, students will remain in the project display area for community viewing. All projects are to be removed by noon on March 18, 2017 or projects will be discarded. There is no storage available.

State and International Competitions for Grand Sweepstakes Award Winners

Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, Los Angeles, CA (Senior Sweepstakes only)

May 14-19, 2017

California State Science Fair, California Science Center, Los Angeles

April 24-25, 2017

Broadcom Masters, Washington, D.C. (select Junior Division projects only)

October 24, 2017