Science Fair

Science Fair

Utica College Regional Science Fair

March 12th Statement: While we have no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in this region, we made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Utica College Regional Science Fair scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020. This was a difficult decision because along with you, we have been eagerly anticipating and planning for this event that we look forward to every year. However, we believe this is in the best interest of the health and welfare of our community. 

Please contact the Fair Director, Dr. Jessica Thomas, directly at 315-792-3755 or by email at with any questions.

Thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented times. We look forward to your participation at our Fair in 2021.

The 42nd Annual Regional Science Fair is scheduled to occur on March 28, 2020. Applications must be received by Wednesday, March 18.


  • To stimulate an active interest in science and engineering.
  • To provide an inquiry-based educational experience.
  • To give public recognition to talented students.

Students must have placed as winners or runners-up at their school's local science fair to be eligible to compete.

Public and private schools in Oneida, Herkimer, Lewis, and Otsego counties can each endorse up to ten junior level (grades 7-8) students and ten senior level (grades 9-12) students to compete in the regional fair.

Senior Level projects may include no more than one (1) student participant. Individual projects and team projects consisting of no more than two (2) students are welcome at the Junior Level. Only students in the Senior Level are eligible to compete at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

If your school does not host a science fair, please contact Dr. Jessica Thomas, the Fair Director, at (315) 792-3755 about eligibility.


Category A: Physical Science
Earth Science
Physics & Astronomy

Category B: Natural Science
Animal Science
Behavioral & Social Science
Cellular & Molecular Biology
Environmental Sciences
Medicine & Health
Plant Sciences

Category C: Math, Engineering, and Computer Sciences
Computer Science
Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering
Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical
Energy & Transportation
Environmental Management
Mathematical Science

Apply Today!

All Rules and Regulations can be found on the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) website at:

Poster Display and Presentation: Tips and Rules

Mail your application materials with all required signatures to:

Utica College Regional Science Fair
School of Arts & Sciences
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502

2020 Schedule of Events

2020 Science Fair Flyer

2020 UCRSF Application-Required

2020 Abstract-Required

2020 Forms-See ISEF Rulebook for which forms to complete and submit, Contact UCRSF with questions

2020 ISEF Rulebook-PDF version

2020 ISEF Rulebook-HTML version

Thank you to all of our participants and judges!

A special thank you to our current and past corporate and private sponsors.

The 2020 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) will be held in Anaheim, California from May 10-May 15.

Please visit the ISEF page for more information at:



Contact Us

Jessica H. Thomas, Ph.D.

Jessica H. Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
(315) 792-3057

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