WV State Science and Engineering Fair

The 2016 West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair
April 1 - 2, 2016
Fairmont State University Campus

Deadline for Submission: March 18, 2016

In order for the Scientific Review Committee to thoroughly review all projects prior to the WVSSEF absolutely NO late registrations will be accepted.

Eligibility: Students in Grades 9 - 12 from the state of West Virginia are encouraged to enter.


Flyer to help promote the 2016 WVSSEF!

The WVSSEF is affiliated with the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair and follows their rules and guidelines. If you are new to the Intel ISEF rules and guidelines, you are encouraged to use their Rules Wizard to help with understanding paperwork required for your project.  If your project will use human participants; vertebrate animals; potentially hazardous biological agents; or hazardous chemicals, activities, or devices please visit the INTEL ISEF's Forms page and follow instructions on submitting forms for prior approval of research.  Forms can be submitted to scitech@fairmontstate.edu or faxed to 304-367-4304 or mailed to Fairmont State University, College of Science and Technology, 1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554 to the attention of the WVSSEF Director. 

2016 Registration Procedures:
There is a $20.00 registration fee for each student and a $10.00 registration fee for each chaperone / guest of the fair. The registration fee will help cover the cost of lunch, participant giveaways, and to send the grand prize winner(s) to the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  Checks can be made payable to Fairmont State University and submitted with paperwork or upon check-in at the fair. 
The following forms are required to be received by the registration deadline listed above.  Submission should be sent to the attention of the WVSSEF Director at Fairmont State University, College of Science and Technology, 1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554 or emailed to scitech@fairmontstate.edu or faxed to 304-367-4304.  Forms to submit:

2016 Sponsors:

Title: Pratt & Whitney Engine Services

Premium Sponsors: FCX Systems, Robert C. Byrd Institute

Friends of the Fair: Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburg, Thrasher, and High Technology Foundation

2016 Notes on Awards:

In order to protect the judges, scores of all projects are kept confidential during, and after, the WVSSEF. No scores will be released following the WVSSEF.

Sponsor funding has provided the opportunity for at least two Grand-Prize Winners (or winning teams) to be selected to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ on May 8-13, 2016. This will include ground transportation and lodging for the participants and one (1) chaperon per winning project.  The chaperon is to be the adult academic advisor of the winning participant(s). All transportation and lodging arrangements will be made by the College of Science & Technology; all transportation and lodging arrangements made by outside parties without the consent of the College will not be reimbursed. All other expenses (ground transportation and display shipping) will be reimbursed after proof of proper documentation.

Multiple cash awards will be offered.  All other awards will be in the form of a certificate.  

2016 General Information:

There are seventeen (17) categories for entries. It is very important that students select the appropriate category for their projects. Project categories may not be changed from the category listed on the WVSSEF application once the project arrives at the WVSSEF. The projects must be in one of the following areas:

Animal Sciences
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Computer Science
Earth and Planetary Science
Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical
Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering
Energy and Transportation
Environmental Management
Environmental Sciences
Mathematical Sciences
Medicine and Health Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Plant Sciences

2016 Event Details:

Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00-5:00 Optional Project Registration (Engineering Technology Building)
If your group would like tours of campus, please contact the fair director to arrange.

Saturday, April 2, 2016
9:00-9:45 Project Registration (Engineering Technology Building)
9:45 Welcome
10:00-12:00 Judging Round 1
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:30 Judging Round 2
12:00-3:00 STEM Activity Stations for Participants and Community Members
1:30-3:00 Public Viewing of Projects
3:00 Awards Ceremony

Directions: Maps and Directions

If you have any questions, please contact us at (304) 367-4627 or scitech@fairmontstate.edu.


Congratulations to the 62nd Annual West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair Award Recipients
who Represented our fair at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
WVSSEF Fair Winner:  Anisha Valluri of Cabell Midland High School with her project "3D Tumor Model for Testing Anticancer Drugs" 
Recognitition at Intel ISEF: 1st Place for the NAVS Humane Science Award

WVSSEF Runner Up: Robert Phillips of Musselman High School with his project "Studying the Resilience of Ants through the Effects of Food in an Ant Colony's Environment
Recognition at Intel ISEF: 4th Award in Category

The complete list of 2015 WVSSEF Award Recipients.

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!  

Title Sponsor: Dominion
Premium Sponsors: West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation and NASA WV Space Grant Consortium
Friend of the Fair: Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh


Congratulations to the 61st Annual West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair Award Recipients
Casey Densmore of Musselman High School for his winning project "Analysis of the Impacts of Baroclinity on the Structure and Strength of a Tornadic Vortex"
Nanda Siva of Parkersburg High School who has been chosen to represent the fair at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair with his project "AKT Expression in Different Insulin-Sensitive Tissues for High Fat and Low Fat C57 Mice".
The complete list of the 2014 WVSSEF Award Recipients.


Web Resources:

Animated Short about Creating a Science Fair Project

The Franklin Institute
Contains project ideas and helpful tips
from judges.

Has a free trial version of a scientific
method video.  Also, information on
numerous science topics.



Contact Info

Science & Technology
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont WV 26554-2470
Phone: (304) 367-4627
Fax: (304) 367-4934
Email: scitech@fairmontstate.edu