Prioritizing independent STEM learning for students

Each year thousands of students in Massachusetts experience the professional practices of working scientists and engineers through the development of independent research projects. MSEF supports the students and their teachers with a portfolio of tools (webinars, handbooks, volunteers, etc.) that facilitate and enhance their research. Through the process students hone their critical thinking skills, learn through both successes and failure, and help solve local and global challenges. The Fair is the showcase, celebrating both the journey and the project completion.

Advancing science and engineering literacy since 1949, the Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF) was founded by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, MIT professors, and a group of pioneering K-12 science educators.

MSEF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

View our 2024 Impact Report here.

Our Mission and Vision

We develop future thought leaders through experiences in science and engineering practices using well-proven programs and novel approaches that empower students and educators to learn in and beyond the classroom.

We see a future where every student is empowered through learning in science and engineering practices.

“The intelligence, excellence, creativity, and vision my mentee displayed while working on his science fair entry was tremendously energizing for me—the future is in very capable hands.”

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Our Staff

Contact MSEF staff here.

Helen Rosenfeld

Executive Director

Rebekah Stendahl

Program Director

Elizabeth Kronberg

Senior Manager of Administration

Karin Lebeau

Events Manager

Sarah Thomas

Development Manager

Martha Johnson

Student Programs Coordinator

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Daniel Leibholz, Analog Devices

Vice Chairs
Pooja Shukla Devendran, NovoLux

Jeffrey Singer, Corporate Director

Anne Ludes, Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science


Roopom Banerjee, WhiteLeaf Advisors, LLC

Nicole Barkley, Merck

Laurie Giandomenico, MITRE

Aaron Johnson, Cabot Corporation

Eddie Moreno, CAMP4 Therapeutics Corp.


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