Southern Utah Science and Engineering Fair

Southern Utah Science and Engineering Fair

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SUSEFThe annual Southern Utah Science and Engineering Fair is open to science projects from students in grades 5-12. Projects can be performed by a single student or a team of up to three students. Projects with teams of students will be judged versus those of other team projects.

This year's event: Friday, March 20, 2015

Application deadline: February 6, 2015

Application fee: $15.00 per student. Please make checks payable to SUU and mail to:

Bill Heyborne/SUSEF

Department of Biology

Southern Utah University

351 W. University Blvd.

Cedar City, UT 84720

2015 Rules are now on the Web!

Information For:


September 30, 2014 We hope your new school year is off to a great start. We are beginning to plan for the 2015 SUSEF. We hope you and your students are as well. A letter will soon be sent to all teachers for whom we have an email address. If you have not yet registered your email, please do so using this form. Also, please remember (as described in the letter) that pre-approval is required for all Senior Fair projects involving non-human vertebrate animals (human projects still require IRB approval) or potentially hazardous biological agents. The form for submitting projects for pre-approval is now available.

March 10, 2014 The Fair is almost here! We are looking forward to seeing everyone on March 21st. The updated schedule is now available, as well as the maps to the event. In addition, all teachers should have received an email from SUSEF with advisor proofs and fair information. If you did not, it is likely that you did not register your email with us (or the email was sent to the person listed as the head teacher at your school for the Fair). Please register register your email. See you all soon!

January 10, 2014 Registration forms are now available! Registration should be completed by February 7, 2014. Registration forms received between February 8th and February 21st will require higher registration fees of $25 per student. Registration forms received after February 21st will not be accepted. Remember, all registration will be completed online. Senior Fair registration. Junior Fair registration. ALL Senior Fair participants need to fill out official ISEF forms. You may either mail the forms to me at the address above, or submit them as a PDF via the web registration form. Please remember, registration will not be complete without full payment ($15 per student by February 7th/ $25 per student between February 8th and 21st), again mailed to the address above. Parents/Guardians must also fill out a short web certification to complete their child's registration. Parental certification form. Please let Betsy Bancroft know if you have any questions (susef at We can't wait to see you at the Fair!

November 11, 2013 Student handbooks are now posted. You can find them under the Registration tab. The Senior Fair or the Junior Fair

Super important information! Funding available for science fair projects! The new Utah STEM Action Center has a competitive award to provide funding for projects. The application is due in 10 days.

November 5, 2013 Information about pre-approval: If you have submitted your forms and not heard back from our SRC Chair Dan Eves within one week, you can assume you are pre-approved. If Dan finds a problem, he will email the student directly. Remember, IRB or IACUC approval is required in addition to the SUSEF pre-approval. Please let us know if you have questions.

October 28, 2013 Several requests have been made for access to paper forms for local fair use. These forms cannot be used to register for the Southern Utah Science and Engineering Fair, as all registration will be online for the 2014 Fair. Use these forms for your local fair.

October 16, 2013 Teachers, please register your email address with us. We are transitioning to email (not snail mail) communication at the end of 2013, so if you would like to receive information about the SUSEF, please follow this link and register. We will not share your email with any other entity.

October 15, 2013 All Senior Fair projects involving vertebrate animals, human subjects, or potentially harmful biological agents MUST pre-register. Letter for educators.

May 29, 2013 Intel ISEF in Phoenix, Arizona was a blast. See pictures or follow the "Pics" link at the top of the page. Congratulations Taylor, Taylor, Logan, and Samantha!

May 29, 2013Important new SRC Information from Chair Dan Eves:

Dear Teachers, I hope that you are all well as the school year comes to a close. I was fortunate enough to be able to go the the Intel ISEF this past week and had a few of the rules for our Senior Fair clarified for me. I feel that in order to streamline the process for next years fair I would endeavor to explain these clarifications. The first clarification deals with approval for projects using vertebrate animal and potentially hazardous biological agents. The rules for 2014 now state that "Most proposed research projects involving vertebrate animals and/or potentially hazardous biological agents (PHBA) must be reviewed and approved BEFORE experimentation." This is listed in the section of the rules dealing with the affiliated fair SRC. This means that if you have students using either vertebrate animals or PHBA you will need to send a copy of the experimental procedures to me so that we can give you pre-approval. I am happy to field any questions that you might have and will try and be available to answer questions between now and the Science Fair next March. Please feel free to direct any questions to Secondly, dealing with potentially hazardous biological agents. It becomes important that your students be able to classify what level of biological agent they will be using in their projects. The Intel ISEF has many resources to help you determine the which type of PHBA you are using at If you have any questions dealing with PHBAs let me know. Third and final projects using human subjects will need pre-approval by a local institutional review board (IRB) composed of at least three individuals: an administrator,an instructor and one other person with knowledge in the area under review. Human projects will not need SRC approval provided there are no PHBAs or other vertebrate animals involved in the project. Thank you for all that you do and I look forward to hearing from you. Daniel J. Eves, Ph.D (435)-586-7910

April 22, 2013 The Southern Utah Science and Engineering Fair Newsletter can be found here. For a hard copy, please contact Kris Bronsema at or 435-865-8302.

April 5, 2013 Please check out photos of the highlights of SUSEF 2013! Or follow the "Pics" link at the top of the page.

March 28, 2013 The 2013 fair was a huge success thanks to all of our participants and their teachers. 392 projects were on display, showcasing some of the best work SUSEF has ever seen. Winners lists are now updated for 2013. Please check back soon for photos of the fair. Intel ISEF is May 12-17, in Phoenix, Arizona. Congratulations to Taylor B., Logan, Taylor H., Samantha, and Sadie, our 2013 ISEF winners.

January 31, 2013 The Utah SAMPE Science Fair Challenge is a new special award this year. If your project involves materials science or process engineering, register your project. We are looking forward to seeing everyone's entry forms in a couple of weeks!

September 28, 2012 The 2013 SUSEF Handbook and Entry Forms are now available on the web. Hard copies will be sent out the first week in October. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, or have any questions about the fair, please contact Kris Bronsema at or 435-865-8302.