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62nd Colorado Science and Engineering Fair

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

The 62nd Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (schedule) was held April 6 - 8, 2017 in the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

To participate in the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, a student must first be 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 2017 CSEF Grand Awards and Special Awards can be found in the Press Release.


Colorado Gives Day - December 6th

Colorado Gives Day 2017 will be 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!


2017 Guest Speaker
David Aucsmith
Applied Physics Lab at University of Washington

The Conflict in Cyberspace:
Past, Present & Future

Mr. Aucsmith's talk examined the conflict in cyberspace - crime, espionage, and warfare - from both an historical and technical perspective. It looked at the current state of cyberspace and why conflict is inevitable. It also provided an analysis on how such conflict is likely to evolve and the career opportunities that evolution is likely to create. Mr. Aucsmith's talk will be posted here soon.


Grand Award Judges - Conflict of Interest Policy

Starting with the 2014 CSEF 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:

2018: April 5 - 7
2019: April 11 - 13
2020: April 9 - 11
2021: April 8 - 10


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 Attended the
Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, CA

The following students will attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 14 - 19, 2017 representing the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair and 9 of the 13 Regional Science Fairs.

Colorado Science and Engineering Fair
Isani Singh, 11th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitlted Worse Outcomes in Turner Syndrome Women Compared to Women without Turner Syndrome.

Elliot Gorokhovsky, 12th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Adding Data-Aware Sort Optimizations to C-Python.

Molly Nehring, 10th grade, from Monte Vista High School with the project entitled Dancing with the Stars: Simulating Multi-Star Solar Systems & the Probability of Planetary Ejection.

Seth Young, 12th grade, from The Classical Academy with the project entitled Applied Biomineralization: Increasing Magnetosome Formation in AMB-1 for Industrial Purposes Through Genetic Recombination of Genes Essential to Magnetosome Formation and Mutation Mediated by UV Radiation.

Aubrey Berger, 11th grade, from Eagle Crest High School with the project entitled Mechanized Collection of Organic Spider Silk.

Arkansas Valley
Cassandra Blew, 10th grade, from La Veta Schools with the project entitled Investigating Triggers of Sundowners Syndrome in Dementia Patients in an Institutional Setting: Year Two.

Boulder Valley
Isabella Bowland, 11th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled Bad Altitude: Climate Change in the Alpine May Alter Beneficial Plant-Fungal Relationships.

Kyle Fridberg, 11th grade, from Fairview High School with the project entitled A Novel Method of Producing Colloidal Gold Nanoparticles from Gold Ore and Aqueous Sulfuric Acid.

Claire Victor, 12th grade, from Centaurus High School with the project entitled Renewable Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: The Future of Energy.

Denver Metro
Gabrielle Barreto, 9th grade, from SkyView Academy with the project Should We Be Studying Rocks Instead of Water?

Avi Swartz, 12th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Statistical Analysis of Graft vs. Host Disease and Immune Reconstitution in Humanized Mice.

Hari Sowriraian, 11th grade, from Cherry Creek High School with the project entitled Optimization of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Vaccine Delivery.

Longs Peak
Jay Chandra, 11th grade, from Fossil Ridge High School with the project entitled Carbon Coatings on a Copper Antimonide Anode for Enhanced Performance and Lifetime in Rechargeable Metal-Ion Batteries.

Morgan/Washington
Nathaniel Miner & Drake Ludgate, 10th grade, from Brush High School with the project entitled Black Carbon Detection: A Regional Snow Survey.

Aubrey Wells, 12th grade, from Fort Morgan High School, Kaybree Keating, 10th grade from Weldon Valley School, & Kaitlin Wells, 11th grade, from Fort Morgan High School with the project entitled Me, MySelfie, and I: Experimental Evidence of the Value is Self-Esteem and Selfies.

Northeast Colorado
Casey Shaw, 11th grade, from Liberty School with the project entitled Make Way for Duckweed: Observing the Growth Rates of Lemna and its Effect on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentrations in a Simulated Carbon Sink.

Pikes Peak
Michelle Kummel, 11th grade, from Palmer High School with the project entitled Microclimatological Feedbacks at Treeline.

Jenna Salvat, 10th grade, from Coronado High School with the project entitled Characterization of the Pyroelectric and Piezoelectric Effect Exhibited by α-Crystalline SiO2.

Katelynn Salmon, 10th grade, from Palmer Ridge High School with the project entitled Biodetoxification and Quantification of N-Nitrosamines by Symbiotaphrina kochii.

San Juan Basin
Isaac Jordan, 10th grade, from Palmer Ridge High School with the project entitled Biodetoxification and Quantification of N-Nitrosamines by Symbiotaphrina kochii.

San Luis Valley
Elora Smith, 10th grade, from Sargent Jr/Sr High School with the project entitled That Gut Feeling: Identifying the Gut Microbiota in Different Groups of Children.

Alyssa Rawinski, 10th grade, from Monte Vista High School with the project entitled Western Snowy Plover Nest Site Characteristics and Use of Drone Imagery in Predicting Potential Nest.


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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