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We’ve started to recruit judges (January 13, 2018)

2018 EISEF Logo is now available (November 13, 2017)

EISEF 2018 season starts (September 1, 2017)

Location and date of this year’s Fair: Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, on March 17, 2018.

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

  • When and where: Thursday, September 14, 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 Pittsburgh, May 13–18, 2018. Visit the ISEF Website for more information.

Senior students & adult sponsors: You need to review the ISEF rules—they’ve changed for 2018.

ISEF Awards (May 19, 2017)

These Iowa students received Grand Awards at ISEF in Los Angeles:

Pranav Chhaliyil (Maharishi SAE, Fairfield)

  • Microbiology, Third Award of $1,000

JJ Kapur (Valley HS, West Des Moines)

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences, Third Award of $1,000

Aaron Wills (Central Lee HS, Donnellson)

  • Environmental Engineering, Third Award of $1,000

This Iowa student received a Special Award at ISEF in Los Angeles:

Aaron Wills (Central Lee HS, Donnellson)

  • International Council on Systems Engineering, Honorable Mention

Congratulations to all of you!

Senior Champion will miss ISEF trip (April 2, 2017)

Sadly, EISEF Senior Champion Manasa Pagadala will not represent Iowa at ISEF in Los Angeles in May.

On March 30 we learned that Manasa’s science mentor has patented the cancer treatment that Manasa’s project is based on. He (the mentor) is okay with her presenting the work at small fairs like EISEF and SSTFI (Iowa state fair), but not at ISEF where it might receive international exposure — and his objection means that Manasa can’t go to ISEF.

Manasa, the morning EISEF judges rated you highly among the senior projects. In the afternoon, the finalist judges named you one of the best. This patent twist — disappointing as it must be — can’t take away what you did at EISEF.

What about a replacement?

No, we won’t send another student to ISEF in place of Manasa. We asked the finalist judges to name the strongest two or three students as worthy to represent us at ISEF; that’s what they did. We didn’t ask them to name alternates, “just in case”; and in fact they said that none of the other students they interviewed came close to Manasa, Aaron Wills, and Mason Burlage.

Progress report on photos (March 28, 2017)

We’ve posted all photos of the award recipients to the 2017 Photo Album.

98% coverage! This year, we got a photo of all but 3 of the student exhibits. We’ve posted them to the 2017 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:

  • JT17: Maddie Bemis & Anne Meier
  • JB47: Otto Boddicker
  • JP27: Hatcher VanSteenWyk

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

Summary of the 2017 Fair (March 19, 2017)

The Fair took place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 — 10 months ago.

Meet our 2017 Senior Champions.

Manasa Pagadala from Bettendorf
Mason Burlage from Dyersville
Aaron Wills from Donnellson

They won at EISEF in Cedar Rapids. Now they’re headed to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, May 14–19, 2017.

Meet the rest of our students.

Center court of Lindale Mall, just before judging started.


  • 251 students attended from 22 schools, with 196 exhibits.
  • 151 judges interviewed them.
  • They received 160 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 Los Angeles, and you have to meet some strict deadlines. Our Post-Fair Info page tells all about it.


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