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, 2018.
December 1, 2017
December 1, 2017 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 advance 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, 2018
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
March 15, 2018 Student project set-up, Los Medanos College Gym, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
March 16, 2018 Students check in at Los Medanos College Gym, 11:45 a.m.
Interviews with judges are from noon-2:30 p.m.
March 17, 2018 Science & Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony and public viewing, 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 noon.
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 17, 2018, or projects will be discarded. There is no storage available.
State and International Competitions for Grand Sweepstakes Award Winners
May 13-18, 2018 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Senior Sweepstakes only)
April 23-24, 2018 California State Science Fair, California Science Center, Los Angeles
October 18, 2018 Broadcom Masters, Washington, D.C. (select Junior Division projects only)