About NYCSEF

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.  Each year, approximately 800 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, including the opportunity to represent NYC at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  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.

Participating in a science fair puts into practice the foundational skills that form successful academic and professional careers. A competitive science project requires students to develop essential literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, and communication skills.  Students learn important work ethics and responsibilities, as well as practice teamwork and exhibit leadership skills.  On average, approximately 25% of all NYCDOE graduates who participate in NYCSEF entered CUNY as first-time freshmen (2008-2015) with Hunter College being the largest recipient of NYCSEF alumni.

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Take a look behind the scenes!

Team NYC at ISEF

One week. Sixteen NYC students. The International Science and Engineering Fair.

Posted by New York City Science and Engineering Fair on Friday, April 21, 2017

Inspiration from NYCSEF Judges

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Posted by New York City Science and Engineering Fair on Friday, October 30, 2015

Important Dates:

March 4th, 2018 – Preliminary Round at The City College of New York

March 20th, 2018 – Finals Round at The American Museum of Natural History

March 26th, 2018 –  Awards Ceremony at The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College

May 13-18, 2018 – Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, PA