University of Southern Indiana

Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair

The University of Southern Indiana's Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair provides opportunities for talented K-12th grade students to showcase their interest in scientific research and receive community recognition for their achievements.

This year's fair will be held March 10-11, 2016 in the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana and is open to students in grades K-12 from schools within a 75-mile radius of Evansville.

Students may enter in one of the following categories:

  • Animal Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Engineering 
  • Mathematical and Computer Sciences
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Enviornmental Sciences
  • Medicine and Health Sciences 
  • Physics

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Note from the Director:  Changes to the 2016 Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair 

Since 2008, the staff of the Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair (TSEF) at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) have worked very hard to ensure that any student in the region who would like to enter the fair may do so free of charge. Because of extreme growth trends in the number of project entries in the Junior/Elementary Division, the science fair committee has concluded that the time has come for registration caps to be imposed on schools entering students in the Junior/Elementary Division.  This is due in whole to venue size, judging time constraints, security/fire code issues, the new USI Child Protection Policy implementation, and volunteer shortages.  New for the 2016 fair, each elementary and middle school may register 10% of their total school enrollment as indicated by the Indiana Department of Education's Compass online database or the Kentucky Department of Education's Kentucky School Report Card online database.  For instance, if your school's enrollment equals 700 students, a total of 70 students from that school may enter the Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair.  Please note, this policy does not pertain to those schools entering students into the Senior Division. 

The TSEF committee understands that this may cause a re-structuring of advancement protocol at the local/school level. We apologize for any inconvenience.  If you have any questions, need more information, or have concerns regarding this policy, please feel free to contact Fair Director, Allison Grabert at

We hope to see you and your students there!


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