As the city’s largest high school research competition, the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) hosts several hundred high school students from all five boroughs of New York City each year. Students present their research projects to expert judges and compete for a variety of prizes, and advancement to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
NYCSEF is sponsored by the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and the City University of New York (CUNY) / Office of Academic Affairs.
When and Where
Preliminary Round: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 @ The City College of New York (Manhattan).
This year’s Preliminary Round hosted 482 projects presented by more than 600 students from all over the five boroughs. Judges included science educators and professionals in the science and engineering fields from the city’s foremost research institutions, top universities and the business sector.
Finals Round: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ American Museum of Natural History, Hall of Ocean Life (Manhattan).
Projects scoring in the top 25% of their categories will be invited to compete in the Finals Round where they will be judged by experts in the 14 science and engineering fields. Approximately 20 students will be selected to advance and represent New York City in May at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, California.
Thursday, March 27 @ The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
The top projects from both the preliminary and final rounds will be recognized as First Award, Second Award, Third Award, and Special Award winners. The students selected to represent New York City in May at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angles, California, will be announced during the ceremony. All award winners must be present to receive their awards and prizes.
Information about the projects presented in previous NYCSEF competitions can be found here.
Why you should be involved
Science fairs are gateways to a life-long fascination with science and with learning. Ask any scientist, engineer, or doctor about their science fair project and they invariably wax nostalgic and then explain how that event changed the course of their lives – regardless of whether it was a winning or losing endeavor.
Science fairs put into practice the very skills that form successful academic and professional careers. It’s so much more than just a showcase of science experiments.
A competitive science project requires: reading, writing, math, statistics, ethics, critical thinking, computer science, graphic arts, scientific methodology, presentation skills and a face-to-face defense of their work in front of expert judges. Students also learn to budget time and money; in groups, they practice teamwork and leadership; and at the fair itself, they interact with science educators, top scientists, and scientific innovators as judges.
But most importantly, participating in NYCSEF represents an active opportunity for student self-learning in a field of their own interest, a promise of adding to the greater scientific understanding, and a chance for recognition, awards and an accomplishment that will distinguish a college application.
Supporting future scientists and engineers has never been more important. In order to remain educationally and economically competitive, we need to bolster the scientific curiosity and ambitions of these talented young individuals. Consider these statistics:
- 50% of all engineering degrees awarded by U.S. engineering colleges are earned by international students,
- 50% of the current science and engineering workforce is nearing the age of retirement.
Science fairs are not just for high school students. You can be involved as a volunteer, as a judge, and if you have a master’s or doctoral degree in Math, Engineering or Science, please sign up to judge.
Who Runs the Program
CUNY College Now is pleased to organize this event in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education Office of School Programs and Partnerships. College Now is a comprehensive initiative between CUNY and the NYCDOE that prepares public high school students for college. Students from more than 400 public high schools participate in College Now programs each year, and the NYCSEF presents an exciting opportunity for College Now to collaborate with students and teachers throughout the city.
In response to the requirements of a global scientifically skilled workforce, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein has declared 2005 – 2015 the Decade of Science, emphasizing the need for a strong math and science curriculum and updated research facilities at CUNY. In delivering the keynote address at the 2008 NYCSEF opening ceremony, Chancellor Goldstein repeated CUNY’s commitment to educating future investigators and innovators in science and technology, renewing our partnership with high school students, teachers and administrators in the five boroughs through College Now and programs such as the New York City Science and Engineering Fair.
In 2011, President Barack Obama highlighted in his visit to the NYCSEF Finals Event, the importance for students to participate in activities like these and the skills gained by completing research projects.
- 13Dec2013 NYCSEF Application Deadline
- 02Mar2014 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York
- 25Mar2014 NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History
- 27Mar2014 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Kaye Playhouse Theatre-Hunter College
- 11May2014 International Science & Engineering Fair Week in Los Angeles
Results from the Preliminary Round will be posted online by the end of the day on Friday, March 7th.