About

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.

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.”

MSEF Volunteer

Our Staff

Contact MSEF staff here.

Helen Rosenfeld

Executive Director

Rebekah Stendahl

Program Director

Lauren Doty

Manager of Major Gifts and Grants

Elizabeth Kronberg

Senior Manager of Administration

Karin Lebeau

Events Manager

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chair
Rishi Shukla, Bram Capital

Vice Chair
Barnas G. Monteith, Tumblehome Learning

Treasurer
Samuel L. Batchelder, Esq., Goodwin Proctor LLC (ret.)

Assistant Treasurer
Jane A. Bell, Cabot Corporation

Secretary
Sandra H. Mayrand, UMass Chan Medical School (ret.)

Members-At-Large

Roopom Banerjee, WhiteLeaf Advisors, LLC

Nicole Barkley, Natera

Rachel Connolly, MIT Media Lab

Pooja Shukla Devendran, NovoLux

Jay Kugler DeYoung, Esq., Fish & Richardson P.C.

Howard Harrison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Daniel Leibholz, Analog Devices

Eddie Moreno, Catamaran Bio

William F. Rigney, STEM Education Consultant

Adam Thomas, Synlogic

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