WV State Science and Engineering Fair

West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair
March 30, 2019
Fairmont State University

Congratulations to our winners and good luck in May!

1st place Alice Guo - Morgantown High School
Protection of Deep Neural Networks Against Adversarial Attacks with Application to Facial Recognition

2nd place Lisa Sobinovsky, Gina Sobinovsky - Hedgesville High School
X-Inactivation: (It’s the Cat’s Meow!) Random or Predetermined?


All projects will be reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee and notified of project acceptance.

WVSSEF is OPEN to ALL students in the state of West Virginia in 9th - 12th grade.



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 mailed to Fairmont State University, College of Science and Technology, 1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554 to the attention of the WVSSEF Director. 

Student registration fee: $20.00
Chaperone/guest registration fee: $10.00
Registration fees covers the cost of lunch, participant giveaways, and to send the grand prize winner(s) to the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona!  Checks can be made payable to Fairmont State University and submitted with paperwork or upon check-in at the fair.  The lunch ticket includes an all-you-can-eat buffet.  there are other restaurants on site for separate food purchase.
Submit the following forms by March 11, 2019. Forms can be submitted electronically to scitech@fairmontstate.edu with the subject: WVSSEF Submission.
Or by mail to:                         ATTN: WVSSEF Director 

        Fairmont State University,
College of Science and Technology
             1201 Locust Avenue
             Fairmont, WV 26554



2019 Sponsors


Title Sponsors

Mountain Valley Pipeline

Premium Sponsors

The Thrasher Group

Friends of the Fair




Grand Prize
Sponsor funding provides the opportunity for two Grand-Prize Winners (or winning teams) to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ on May 12-17, 2019!
This includes 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.

Other Awards


*Scores of all projects are kept confidential. No scores will be released following the WVSSEF.*


2019 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


Earth and Planetary Science

Mathematical Sciences


Behavioral and Social Sciences


Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical


Medicine and Health Sciences





Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering





Cellular and Molecular Biology


Energy and Transportation


Physics and Astronomy




Environmental Management


Plant Sciences



Computer Science


Environmental Sciences



2019 Event Details:

Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00-5:00 Optional Project Registration (Falcon Center)
*If your group would like tours of campus, please contact the fair director to arrange.*

Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00-9:45 Project Registration (Falcon Center)
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


Directions: Maps and Directions

Hotel Discounts for WVSSEF

  • Days Inn: $52 + tax per night. When booking, tell the staff you are with the Fairmont State Science Fair.
  • The Clarion in Fairmont: $55.00 + tax per night, hot Breakfast included. When booking, tell the staff you are with the Fairmont State Science Fair.
  • Holiday Inn: $95 + tax per night. Guests can use the link provided or call in and make reservations directly at 304-816-5133.
  • Red Roof Inn: 15% discount.  Please book directly with the Inn at 304-366-6800.

If you have any questions, please contact us at scitech@fairmontstate.edu.