The NYC Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) is the largest high school research competition in NYC and is sponsored through a partnership between the NYC Department of Education and CUNY. NYCSEF’s mission is to celebrate and highlight the innovation of New York City’s high school scholars conducting STEM research while inspiring enthusiasm and appreciation for scientific inquiry. Each year, approximately 700 students participate from across the five boroughs, presenting their research to a panel of STEM professionals who volunteer as judges and compete for a variety of prizes.
NYCSEF is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Winners of the NYCSEF competition will represent Team NYC at the Intel ISEF and compete for more than $4,000,000 in awards and scholarships. Students interested in participating in future NYCSEF events are encouraged to review the NYCSEF Guidelines.
Science Fair Judges
In order to execute one of the largest city-wide science fairs, NYCSEF is entirely dependent on service minded educators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who volunteer their time on Sunday and/or one weekday each Spring. These individuals evaluate science fair projects in two rounds of competition, determine which students will represent New York City at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and which students to recognize at a separate Awards Ceremony. Science fair submissions come from over 50 private and public high schools throughout the five boroughs, and those students who qualify for the fairs value the feedback they receive from professionals in the field. It is a rewarding experience, both for our judges and for the students, and we hope you will consider registering as a judge for either or both events.
Event Staff Volunteers
Interested in volunteering as an event staff? Please email NYCSEF.
Please email NYCSEF at NYCSEF@cuny.edu, if you have any questions or call 718-254-7252.