The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair is open to all students from public, private and parochial schools (grades 9-12) throughout the state, including "home schools".

There are two ways to qualify to enter:

1. Qualify through the MA Regional Science Fairs

There are six Regional Science Fair organizations located across Massachusetts. Each regional science fair may send 40-50 of their top-scoring student projects to the statewide Science & Engineering Fair, provided that the students are certified by the Regional Fair Chairperson. The exact number of projects is determined by the formula: 40 + 10% *(number of projects over 100), up to a maximum of 50 projects.

To qualify, students must have their research plans approved (see Step #2 below) BEFORE they begin experimentation. Contact your Regional Fair Chair for more information on how to qualify for the Regional Science Fairs. 

2. Qualify through Your School or Your School’s Science Fair

Each school may send up to two additional student projects to the statewide Science Fair (either an individual or team project). To qualify, students must have their research plans approved (see Step #2 below) BEFORE they begin experimentation, and then must be selected by their school to participate.

Important - All Massachusetts schools are encouraged to first enter their students in their Regional Science Fairs, where students may be selected for the statewide science fair and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) if they have one of the top-scoring projects. (because of the date of ISEF, it is not possible to qualify for ISEF at the statewide fair, however, if you become a delegate for ISEF you must attend MSSEF)

Students who qualify through the Regional Science Fairs have the advantage of gaining feedback from judges on how to improve their projects, enabling students to refine their work before the statewide Science Fair.

 

Three Easy Online Steps for all High School students!

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Step 1: Create or Update a Personal Account and Profile in SEFOS http://massscifair.com/sefos/

  • New Students First-time students must create an Account and a Student Profile. When completed, each student must return to his/her home page, and in the right margin click on “Create/Join a Project.” Team members should join the project with the project code which will be provided to the Team Leader when the project is originally created.
  • Returning Students - Important to Qualify for Prizes!
    Be sure that your personal information, including your grade level, is up to date. Your data may impact the award you might receive, i.e., whether you meet eligibility criteria, which includes but is not limited to your grade, proximity to internship sites and interest in colleges, to name a few. If your information is not correct, a prize could be withdrawn and none would replace it. When your Student Profile is completed, each student must return to his/her home page, and in the right margin click on Create/Join a Project.
  • Team Projects All members of team projects must also either create or update their Student Profile as a first step. The Team Leader can then create their Team Project, and provide a code from SEFOS for the team members to log into their own accounts and join the project. (Each team member must first have an Account and Student Profile before they can join the team project.)

In all cases, SEFOS will allow students to reset passwords.

Step 2: Research Plan Approval & Forms

Based on the information that students provide in their Project description, SEFOS generates PDFs of the required forms for students to download and print, and then to obtain required signatures from teachers and mentors. SEFOS will auto-fill relevant information into the PDF form(s)! Students need to check the pre-filled information, complete the downloaded forms, obtain required signatures, and then log back into their accounts to upload their completed forms. Be sure to keep in your possession a scan or a jpg file of each form you have filled out.

All uploaded forms are reviewed by the Regional Science Fairs' Scientific Review Committees. Regional Science Fair for your school.

Through SEFOS, by *email, students will be notified if their project will require pre-approval or not. For projects that do not require pre-approval of their research plan (as determined by the Regional SRC Review Committee), the student may begin his/her project immediately. For students whose projects do require pre-approval, they must first receive notification from the Regional SRC Review Committee that they may begin experimentation; otherwise they will be disqualified from the science fair competition.

Step 3: State Science & Engineering Fair Registration

MSSEF will send out notification by email to eligible students when the online registration system (SEFOS) opens for the State Science & Engineering Fair. The opening date will be in early March. Students must log into their existing SEFOS accounts to register for the State Fair. Direct entries must notify their regional science fair director if they want to register for MSSEF.

Returning Students - Important to Qualify for Prizes!
Be sure that your personal information, including your grade level, is up to date. Your data may impact the award you might receive, i.e., whether you meet eligibility criteria, which includes but is not limited to your grade, proximity to internship sites and interest in colleges, to name a few. If your information is not correct, a prize could be withdrawn and none would replace it. When your Student Profile is completed, each student must return to his/her home page, and in the right margin click on Create/Join a Project.

About MSSEF Science Fair Registration

Approved student delegates from regional science fairs and schools may register online for the statewide Science Fair beginning in early March. Once MSSEF receives a list of qualified projects from schools and regions, it sends out a link for students to register online.

Please Note:

  • Save the Dates: Students are expected to participate in all events of the two-day high school Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair at MIT.
  • Schedule your SAT & AP Exams to avoid conflicts: Students are encouraged to schedule their SAT & AP exams to avoid any conflicts with the Science Fair schedule. If this is not possible, students should take these exams in the Cambridge/Boston area so they may arrive at the Science Fair on time. High school guidance counselors can advise students about how to arrange to take these exams away from students’ respective schools.
  • Public Showcase: An exciting time to share your work with visitors. All students must be present at their projects for the public showcase of projects at 12:30 P.M. on the Saturday of the Science Fair.

Important dates

March 2018: Student High School online registration begins.
March 24, 2018 @ 12:00 noon: Student High School online registration closes
May 4 & 5, 2018: The annual Massachusetts State High School Science & Engineering Fair at MIT, Cambridge
May 13 - 18, 2018: International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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