2016 News

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ISEF Grand Awards (May 13, 2016)

These Iowa students received Grand Awards at ISEF in Phoenix:

Pranav Chhaliyil (Maharishi SAE, Fairfield)

  • Microbiology, Fourth Award of $500

Sweta Sudhir (Kennedy HS, Cedar Rapids)

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology, Fourth Award of $500

Research study on school science fairs (March 31, 2016)

We received this e-mail on March 30, 2016:

Dear Fair Directors,

I am a researcher at Education Development Center in Waltham, MA. Our organization has been funded by the National Science Foundation to conduct a four-year, national study of school-level science fairs. We are working with schools across the country, and I’m trying to identify some middle schools in Iowa to participate during the 2016–17 school year.

We are specifically looking for middle schools that hold a school-level science fair, serve grades 6–8 only, and include at least some 6th-graders in their school science fair. Do you happen to know if any schools that participate in the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair would fit that criteria?

I have attached some information about our project that details what participation would entail — for example, we’ll gather information in a variety of ways (surveys, observation of the science fair event, student assessment) from a variety of people (administrators, teachers, students, and parents.) Study participants in a school will receive a combined total of up to $2,255 (depending on the number of participants) in appreciation for their contributions.

If you do know of schools that might be eligible and interested, they can also fill out an application at


Thank you in advance for any assistance, and please feel free to call or email me with any questions.


Erica Fields
Research Associate
Science and Mathematics Programs
Education Development Center, Inc.
43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453
ph: 617–618–2704
web: www.edc.org

These are the attached documents that Ms. Fields mentions:

Sign up for the study if it interests you, and forward this invitation as you think fit.

Progress report on photos (March 27, 2016)

All photos of the award winners have been posted to the 2016 Photo Album.

98% coverage! This year, we got a photo of all but 3 of the student exhibits. We’ve posted them to the 2016 Photo Album. Now to tweak their captions, and add other photos from the Fair.

Missing photos. We have no photos of the following students at their exhibits:

  • JB35: Aidan Boyer
  • SB18: Regan Ball
  • SP17T: Emily Brown & Bethany Smith

If you took their pictures at their exhibits, please e-mail the photos to the .

Summary of the 2016 Fair (March 20, 2016)

The Fair took place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 — 2 years ago.

Meet our 2016 Senior Champions.

Doga Ozesmi from Fairfield
Sweta Sudhir from Cedar Rapids

They won at EISEF in Cedar Rapids. Now they’re headed to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, May 8–13, 2016.

Meet the rest of our students.

Center court of Lindale Mall, just before judging started.


  • 275 students attended from 24 schools, with 213 exhibits.
  • 123 judges interviewed them.
  • They received 208 awards in all.


Did you take photos at the Fair? If you’d like to share them, we’d love to see them. E-mail them to the , and maybe we’ll include them in our photo album.

Senior and Junior Champions: Now you have to get ready to go to Phoenix, and you have to meet some strict deadlines. Our Post-Fair Info page tells all about it.

Last-minute information for the 2016 Fair (March 12, 2016)

The Fair is Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Lindale Mall, Cedar Rapids.

Registration for everybody starts at 8:00 AM on Fair Day.

  • Students
  • EISEF judges
  • Sponsored Award judges

Key locations (Some have changed from 2015.)

  • EISEF Headquarters: Main level near Younkers, between Finish Line and Victoria’s Secret.
  • Student registration: Center Court, near the fountain, between Kay Jewelers and Rogers Jewelry.
  • Judges’ registration: Outside EISEF HQ.
  • Sponsored Awards registration: Inside EISEF HQ.

Last-minute judges and volunteers: come to Registration (EISEF Headquarters) and we’ll sign you up there.

The When and Where page has schedules, maps, and directions to help you find your way on Fair Day.

Students! You can check your entries on the Status of Student Entries page.

Judges! You can pick the exhibits you’d like to judge — before the Fair. These pages list the entries we’ve received, with their titles and descriptions. Look them over, choose the ones that are right for you, and you’ll be ready to sign up on Fair Day morning.

We’ve started to recruit judges (January 4, 2016)

Enter your project in the Fair (January 4, 2016)

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Read the For Students And Teachers page and follow its directions.
  • Check the Forms Guide to find out what forms and certificates you need to fill out and when.
  • Finish your experiment and complete your paperwork.
  • Fill out the Student Entry Form and submit it.
  • Mail us copies of your Student Entry Signature Pages and all your other paperwork. The deadline is February 29, 2016.
  • Check the status of your entry on the Status of Student Entries page.
  • Bring the originals of all paperwork with you to the Fair on March 19, 2016.

December 10, 2015: 2016 EISEF Logo is now available.

EISEF 2016 season starts (September 1, 2015)

Location and date of this year’s Fair: Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, on March 19, 2016.

Come to the first EISEF Board meeting and see what it takes to put on a science fair!

  • When and where: Thursday, September 10, at 5:30 PM, in the Marion Public Library.
  • The Calendar of Events shows the meeting dates for the whole season.

This year’s ISEF will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, May 8–13, 2016. Visit the ISEF Website for more information.

Senior students & teachers: You need to review the ISEF rules—they’ve changed for 2016.


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