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63rd Colorado Science and Engineering Fair

Hosted by the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center at Colorado State University.

The 63rd Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (schedule) will be held April 5 - 7, 2018 in the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

To participate in the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, a student must first be chosen by their Regional Science Fair. All students must also adhere by the rules and regulations regarding pre-college student research as set by the Society for Science & the Public and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair's Scientific Review Committee.

Results from the 2017 CSEF Grand Awards and Special Awards can be found in the Press Release.


Three Colorado Students Named Regenron Science Talent Search Finalists!

Three CSEF Alumni have been named finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search and will be traveling to Washington, DC in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for $1.8 million in awards. Each finalist will receive a minimum $25,000 award, with a top award of $250,000. The Colorado Finalists are:

Isani Singh, Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village for her project Investigating the Developmental Requirements of Sex Chromosome Genes Affected in Turner Syndrome. Isani was the 1st Place Best of CSEF Senior Division winner in 2017.

Kyle Fridberg, Fairview High School in Boulder for his project Discovery and Characterization of a Layered Fe(III)/Mn(III) Sulfate Compound: Precursor for New Lithium-ion Battery Cathodes. Kyle took 1st Place in the Chemistry & Biochemistry category at the CSEF in 2017.

Abilash Prabhakaran, Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village for her project Selective Transfection Using DiBAC4(3).

Finalists were chosen from 300 Scholars (semifinalists)and have already received $2,000 for themselves and their schools. Jay Chandra, Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins was also named a Regeneron STS Scholar for his project Carbon Coatings on a Copper Antimonide Anode for Enhanced Performance and Lifetime in Rechargeable Metal-Ion Batteries.


Colorado Gives Day - December 5th

Colorado Gives Day 2017 was December 5, 2017. Donors are encouraged to join the movement to "give where you live" and raise millions for Colorado nonprofits. Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website featuring nearly 1,500 Colorado nonprofit organizations, including the Colorado State Science Fair. Donate or schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation today!


2018 Guest Speaker
Dr. Janet McAllister
Center for Disease Control, Fort Collins, CO

Dr. McAllister conducts field and laboratory research on vector control and insecticide resistance in important vectors of arboviruses. Current projects focus on evaluating how larvicide applications using trucks and aircraft effect populations of mosquitoes that use small containers in the urban envrionment.


Grand Award Judges - Conflict of Interest Policy

All grand award judges must comply with the Conflict of Interest Policy to ensure a fair judging environment and avoid any possible conflicts of interest, perceived or actual. To this end, we ask that anyone involved in any capacity with a Regional Science Fair that is affiliated with CSEF (e.g., sponsor, teacher, relative of a student or judge at the regional level) disclose this information when they register as a grand award judge with CSEF.


Future CSEF Dates

The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair is scheduled based on the CSU academic calendar and is always the 12th week of the semester, which starts the day after Martin Luther King Day in January. Future CSEF dates should be:

2019: April 11 - 13
2020: April 9 - 11
2021: April 8 - 10
2022: April 7 - 9
2023: April 6 - 8
2024: April 4 - 6
2025: April 10 - 12


CSEF Historical Items Needed!!

The Colorado State Science Fair, Inc. Board of Directors is looking to add to the CSEF archives, housed at the Morgan Library at Colorado State University. If anyone has items that might be a great addition to the collection, please contact Elemer Bernath, CSEF Historian.

International Science and Engineering Fair News

Colorado Students to Attended the
Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, CA

The following students attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 14 - 19, 2017 representing the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair and 9 of the 13 Regional Science Fairs. Read about the results of the 2017 Intel ISEF here.

Colorado Science and Engineering Fair
Isani Singh, 11th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Worse Outcomes in Turner Syndrome Women Compared to Women without Turner Syndrome.

Elliot Gorokhovsky, 12th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Adding Data-Aware Sort Optimizations to C-Python.

Molly Nehring, 10th grade, from Monte Vista High School with the project entitled Dancing with the Stars: Simulating Multi-Star Solar Systems & the Probability of Planetary Ejection.

Seth Young, 12th grade, from The Classical Academy with the project entitled Applied Biomineralization: Increasing Magnetosome Formation in AMB-1 for Industrial Purposes Through Genetic Recombination of Genes Essential to Magnetosome Formation and Mutation Mediated by UV Radiation.

Aubrey Berger, 11th grade, from Eagle Crest High School with the project entitled Mechanized Collection of Organic Spider Silk.

Arkansas Valley
Cassandra Blew, 10th grade, from La Veta Schools with the project entitled Investigating Triggers of Sundowners Syndrome in Dementia Patients in an Institutional Setting: Year Two.

Boulder Valley
Isabella Bowland, 11th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Bad Altitude: Climate Change in the Alpine May Alter Beneficial Plant-Fungal Relationships.

Kyle Fridberg, 11th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled A Novel Method of Producing Colloidal Gold Nanoparticles from Gold Ore and Aqueous Sulfuric Acid.

Claire Victor, 12th grade, from Centaurus High School with the project entitled Renewable Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: The Future of Energy.

Denver Metro
Avi Swartz, 12th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Statistical Analysis of Graft vs. Host Disease and Immune Reconstitution in Humanized Mice.

Hari Sowriraian, 11th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Optimization of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Vaccine Delivery.

Longs Peak
Jay Chandra, 11th grade, from Fossil Ridge High School with the project entitle Carbon Coatings on a Copper Antimonide Anode for Enhanced Performance and Lifetime in Rechargeable Metal-Ion Batteries.

Morgan/Washington
Nathaniel Miner & Drake Ludgate, 10th grade, from Brush High School with the project entitled Black Carbon Detection: A Regional Snow Survey.

Aubrey Wells, 12th grade, from Fort Morgan High School, Kaybree Keating, 10th grade from Weldon Valley School, & Kaitlin Wells, 11th grade, from Fort Morgan High School with the project entitled Me, MySelfie, and I: Experimental Evidence of the Value of Self-Esteem and Selfies.

Northeast Colorado
Casey Shaw, 11th grade, from Liberty School with the project entitled Make Way for Duckweed: Observing the Growth Rates of Lemna and its Effect on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentrations in a Simulated Carbon Sink.

Pikes Peak
Michelle Kummel, 11th grade, from Palmer High School with the project entitled Microclimatological Feedbacks at Treeline.

Jenna Salvat, 10th grade, from Coronado High School with the project entitled Characterization of the Pyroelectric and Piezoelectric Effect Exhibited by Alpha-Crystalline Silicon Dioxide: Potential Application as a Micro-Thermovoltaic Transducer.

Katelynn Salmon, 10th grade, from Palmer Ridge High School with the project entitled Biodetoxification and Quantification of N-Nitrosamines by Symbiotaphrina kochii.

San Juan Basin
Isaac Jordan, 10th grade, from Animas High School with the project entitled A Novel Approach for Sensing Seismic Events: Applications of Graphene Nano-flake Powder Composites.

San Luis Valley
Elora Smith, 10th grade, from Sargent Jr/Sr High School with the project entitled That Gut Feeling: Identifying the Gut Microbiota in Different Groups of Children.

Alyssa Rawinski, 10th grade, from Monte Vista High School with the project entitled Predictive Western Snowy Plover Nest Site Characteristics and Use of Drone Imagery in Predicting Potential Nesting Habitat.


Future ISEF Host Cities

Starting in 2011, the following three cities have been chosen to rotate the Intel ISEF through 2019:

  • Los Angeles, California - 2011, 2014, 2017
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 2012, 2015, 2018
  • Phoenix, Arizona - 2013, 2016, 2019

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