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:  *updated January 2016

  • Animal Sciences
  • Behaviors and Social Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Energy: Physical and Chemical
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Microbiology and Molecular/Cellular Biology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Plant Sciences
  • Robotics, Computers, and Systems Software

January 27, 2016

Ed Frazier Honorary Science Fair Scholarship


The Science Education Foundation of Indiana (SEFI) supports the engagement of
teachers and students with STEM in Indiana. SEFI hosts the Indiana Hoosier Science
and Engineering Fair and supports the network of Regional Science Fairs in Indiana.
SEFI also created and hosts Celebrate Science, Indiana (CSI), a state - wide
opportunity for families to experience STEM-related activities held in Indianapolis
each October.


In honor and recognition of the distinguished service of Ed Frazier, a longtime
member of the SEFI Board of Directors, SEFI is offering a one-time opportunity
for an Indiana Teacher to begin a New Science Fair tradition at his or her

$400 will be available to support any expenses associated with the development of
a Science Fair at a school or through a licensed educational program that currently
does not host a Science Fair for students. Funds will be awarded in the spring of
2016, with the expected implementation of the Science Fair in the following
academic year (2016-2017).


1. Students from single or multiple grades between grades 3-12 need to be
involved (a minimum of 50 students).

2. To qualify this must be a Teacher/principal initiated, first time science fair.

3. Teacher should intend to engage with the Regional Fair, preferably by
entering students. A visit to see the projects and learn can be implemented.

4. Projects need to be derived from inquiry-based learning that has occurred in
the classroom. No university based projects.

SUPPORT: SEFI members will assist with planning and training of school staff to
develop projects for the Fair, if requested.


Applications are available from your Science Fair Regional Director or from the
Science Education Foundation of Indiana website. Applications are due to Marcia
Gillette via e-mail by February 22, 2016.

Full Application

January 6, 2016

Note from the Director:  Category Changes

The categories for the 2016 Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair have changed. All students should review the entire updated category descriptions to ensure that they have properly registered.  Category changes will not be made after online registration is closed.  Changes within the SEFI registration website should be made mid-January. 

When assigning your project category, ask yourself the following questions to help in the selection.

1) Who will be the most qualified to judge my project?  What area of expertise is the most important for th judge to have?

2) What is the empahsis of my project?  What characteristic of my project is the most innovative, unique or important?  

New Categories and Descriptions

November 2015

Note from the Director:  Changes to Registration for 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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