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63rd Colorado Science and Engineering Fair

Hosted by the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center at Colorado State University.

The 63rd Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (schedule) was held April 5 - 7, 2018 in the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

To participate in the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, a student were first chosen by their Regional Science Fair. All students must also adhere by the rules and regulations regarding pre-college student research as set by the Society for Science & the Public and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair's Scientific Review Committee.

Results from the 2018 CSEF Grand Awards and Special Awards can be found in the Press Release.


Colorado Students Win Big as Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalists!

Three CSEF Alumni have been named finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search and will be traveling to Washington, DC in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for $1.8 million in awards. Each finalist will receive a minimum $25,000 award, with a top award of $250,000. The Colorado Finalists are:

Isani Singh, Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village for her project Investigating the Developmental Requirements of Sex Chromosome Genes Affected in Turner Syndrome. Isani was the 1st Place Best of CSEF Senior Division winner in 2017. Isani took 3rd place at the STS and won $150,000.

Kyle Fridberg, Fairview High School in Boulder for his project Discovery and Characterization of a Layered Fe(III)/Mn(III) Sulfate Compound: Precursor for New Lithium-ion Battery Cathodes. Kyle took 1st Place in the Chemistry & Biochemistry category at the CSEF in 2017. Kyle took 6th place at the STS and won $80,000.

Abilash Prabhakaran, Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village for her project Selective Transfection Using DiBAC4(3).

Finalists were chosen from 300 Scholars (semifinalists)and have already received $2,000 for themselves and their schools. Jay Chandra, Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins was also named a Regeneron STS Scholar for his project Carbon Coatings on a Copper Antimonide Anode for Enhanced Performance and Lifetime in Rechargeable Metal-Ion Batteries.


Colorado Gives Day - December 5th

Colorado Gives Day 2017 was December 5, 2017. Donors are encouraged to join the movement to "give where you live" and raise millions for Colorado nonprofits. Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website featuring nearly 1,500 Colorado nonprofit organizations, including the Colorado State Science Fair. Donate or schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation today!


2018 Guest Speaker
Dr. Janet McAllister
Center for Disease Control, Fort Collins, CO

Dr. McAllister conducts field and laboratory research on vector control and insecticide resistance in important vectors of arboviruses. Current projects focus on evaluating how larvicide applications using trucks and aircraft effect populations of mosquitoes that use small containers in the urban envrionment.


Grand Award Judges - Conflict of Interest Policy

All grand award judges must comply with the Conflict of Interest Policy to ensure a fair judging environment and avoid any possible conflicts of interest, perceived or actual. To this end, we ask that anyone involved in any capacity with a Regional Science Fair that is affiliated with CSEF (e.g., sponsor, teacher, relative of a student or judge at the regional level) disclose this information when they register as a grand award judge with CSEF.


Future CSEF Dates

The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair is scheduled based on the CSU academic calendar and is always the 12th week of the semester, which starts the day after Martin Luther King Day in January. Future CSEF dates should be:

2019: April 11 - 13 - confirmed
2020: April 9 - 11
2021: April 8 - 10
2022: April 7 - 9
2023: April 6 - 8
2024: April 4 - 6
2025: April 10 - 12


CSEF Historical Items Needed!!

The Colorado State Science Fair, Inc. Board of Directors is looking to add to the CSEF archives, housed at the Morgan Library at Colorado State University. If anyone has items that might be a great addition to the collection, please contact Elemer Bernath, CSEF Historian.

International Science and Engineering Fair News

Colorado Students to Attend the
Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh, PA

The following students attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 13 - 18, 2018 representing the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair and 9 of the 13 Regional Science Fairs. Read about the results of the 2017 Intel ISEF here.

Colorado Science and Engineering Fair
Isaac Jordan, 12th grade, from Southwest Colorado eSchool with the project entitled A Novel Approach for Sensing Seismic Events: Applications of Graphene Nano Flake Powder Composites.

Edwin Bodoni, 11th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Bruxism: A Novel Diagnostic Approach.

Anand Chundi, 10th grade, from SkyView Academy with the project Identifying Downstream Targets of HCFC1: A Gene Linked to Severe Neurological Disease.

Alyssa Rawinski, 11th grade, from Monte Vista High School with the project entitled Mealworms . . . A Potential Solution to the Global Plastic Problem.

Casey Shaw, 12th grade, from Liberty School with the project entitled An Analysis of Compositional Characteristics of Two Distinct Fossil Butte Member Localities.

Arkansas Valley
Antonio Arant, 10th grade, from Trinidad High School with the project entitled Parallax Part III: A Study on the Effect of Time Duration on a Stellar Parallax's Accuracy.

Adrienne Jones, 12th grade, from Trinidad High School with the project entitled Varies Crystals Responding to Environmental Audio Variables.

Boulder Valley
Kyra Slovacek, 12th grade, from Monarch High School with the project entitled Diurnal Variation and Duration of Meteors Usable for Radio Communications.

Sarah Tang, 10th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Measuring Exoplanetary Radii Using Transit Photometry.

Stephanie Zhang, 12th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Developing a Novel Inhibitor for Cdc14 in the Fungus Aspergillus niger.

Denver Metro
Evelyn Bodoni & Nicole Hankovszky, 10th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Novel Strategies for Detecting and Treating Podocyte Injury in Diabetic Nephropathy.

Peyton Leyendecker, 10th grade, from SkyView Academyl with the project entitled Optimizing the Ratios of Manuka Honey to Adhesive in an Antibacterial Surgical Adhesive.

Krithik Ramesh, 10th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Suppression of Aeroelastic Instabilities in HR Wing Structures Using Principal Component Analysis.

Longs Peak
Alyssa Keirn, 10th grade, from Rocky Mountain High School with the project entitle Solar Powered Decontaminator Design and Testing.

Morgan/Washington
Nathaniel Miner & Drake Ludgate, 11th grade, from Brush High School with the project entitled Analysis of Various Wing Structures for Hovering Capacity.

Emma Stone & Reiley Leake, 9th grade, from Brush High School with the project entitled Roots for the Road.

Northeast Colorado
Cody Robinson, 11th grade, from Yuma High School with the project entitled The Effect of Ketoacidosis on the Breath: A Cost-Efficient Way to Monitor Ketones.

Pikes Peak
Kathryn Kummel, 9th grade, & Michelle Kummel, 12th grade, from Palmer High School with the project entitled Using 3D Drone-based Digital Models to Investigate the Fluvial Geomorphology of an Eroding Arroyo.

Katelynn Salmon, 11th grade, from Palmer Ridge High School with the project entitled Synthesis of Acetylene-Perfluorinatedpyridine Monomer and Click-Mediated Polymerization.

Jenna Salvat, 11th grade, from Coronado High School with the project entitled Synthesis and Characterization of a NiO-ZnO Semiconductor Junction for an Electromechanical Effect.

San Juan Basin
Rollin Leavitt, 12th grade, from Animas High School with the project entitled Investigation of Transcription Factor Preferences of Bacterial Receptors.

San Luis Valley
Molly Nehring, 11th grade, from Monte Vista High School with the project entitled Far Out! Analyzing NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Data Using the Transit-Timing Variation Method to Discover Additional Exoplanets in Planetary Systems.

Amber Michel, 11th grade, from Monte Vista High School with the project entitled The Alamosa River Watershed: A Proving Ground for Natural Selection.


Future ISEF Host Cities

Starting in 2011, the following three cities have been chosen to rotate the Intel ISEF through 2019:

  • Los Angeles, California - 2011, 2014, 2017
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 2012, 2015, 2018
  • Phoenix, Arizona - 2013, 2016, 2019

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