CSEF in LSC Ballroom
Colorado Science & Engineering Fair
Judging at CSEF

Colorado Science & Engineering Fair

The Colorado State Science Fair, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization. Thanks to the support of generous corporations, foundations, government agencies, organizations and individual donors who believe in the importance of science education, CSSF, Inc. has served Colorado and its students for 66 years. You can read last year's Annual Report for more details.

CSSF, Inc.'s vision is to honor excellence in science, engineering and technology; provide opportunities for students from all regions of the state to create and present their research in environments that nurture interests in science and technology; and promote professional skills, high ethical standards, diversity and continuing intellectual development.

The main event of the CSSF, Inc., the Colorado Science & Engineering Fair is totally dependent on sponsorships and contributions to cover the annual expenses of the CSEF. From exhibit space rental to grand award prize money to funding the trip to the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair for the top Senior Division winners, it takes a lot to make this a special event for the participants. Also, the CSSF, Inc. Board of Directors has recently embarked on a campaign to raise money in order to fund the following priorities:

  • Hire a full-time CSEF Director who will be able to work more directly with the 13 Regional Fair Directors and interact more with teachers at the school level. This is an effort to better support teachers doing science fair in their classrooms.
  • Increase the Grand Awards given at the CSEF to a level more indicative of a state level competition.
  • Increase the participation of students at the Regional Science Fair and school level.
Sam & Eileen Bartlett Gergory Biesecker
Thomas Butts Castendyk Family
Kevin & Ann Cooney Karl & Frances Dise
Monica Williamson Engler Michael Giallanza
Carol & Charles Haggans Mala & TS Kalkur
Kevin & Gail Keirn Daniel Kowel & Karen McCarthy
William Kucharski Allen Lamb
Adam Lopez Lale & Matt Lovell
James McNamee Woody & Marjorie Moss
Jennifer & Matt Nehring Christa Newton
Toni Patton Judy Prester
Bill & Sandra Ray Jennie Ridgle
James Rivers, Jr. Mazier Sardashti
Scot & Rachel Sundheim Jean Wagner
RedLion York  

Broadcom Foundation
Broadcom Foundation

Colorado State University
Colorado State University
Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

College of Natural Sciences

CNS Education & Outreach Center
(in-kind: office space, technology support, web site hosting, CSEF Director)

Affiliate Fair Emergency COVID-19 Transition Fund

Verizon Foundation

Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin

US Department of Commerce
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

(in-kind: posters, annual reports, student gifts)

Society of Petroleum Engineers, Denver Section


IEEE, Denver Section

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Seagate Technology

Dr. Larry & Carol Sveum

Galvanic Engineering

Peter Laird

Sales Force

Michael Bemski

Colorado Engineering Council
Colorado Engineering Council

Lab Society

San Luis Valley Regional Science Fair, Inc.

Scriber Family

Sundyne Corporation

The Princeton Review

Sponsors provide financial support of over $500 to the Colorado Science & Engineering Fair and are encouraged to provide up to 2 members for the Board of Directors. Sponsorship levels are divided into the following levels:

  • Diamond Sponsors - financial support of $10,000 or more
  • Platinum Sponsors - financial support of $5,000 - $9,999
  • Gold Sponsors - financial support of $2,500 - $4,999
  • Silver Sponsors - financial support of $1,000 - $2,499
  • Bronze Sponsors - financial support of $750 - $999
  • Copper Sponsors - financial support of $500 - $749

Each level of sponsorship has a different degree of promotional benefits (pdf). For more information about becoming a sponsor of the CSEF, contact the CSEF Executive Director at csef@colostate.edu or complete a Sponsorship Form (pdf).

The CSSF, Inc. Board of Directors is also currently seeking a Title Sponsor.

Contributors are businesses and organizations that provide financial support up to $500 as well as non-sponsorship gifts from individuals to the Colorado Science & Engineering Fair. To make a monetary contribution, complete the Contribution Form (pdf) and mail it (with or without a check) to the CSEF Executive Director. Contributions can also be made through ColoradoGives.org (opens in new window).

The CSEF appreciates the in-kind support of time given by all of the volunteers, judges and board members. There are also other in-kind donations that can be made - for more information on what in-kind services the CSEF could use, please contact the CSEF Director at csef@colostate.edu. To report in-kind contributions, please submit a completed In-Kind Report Form (pdf).

The CSEF Special Awards Program supplements the Grand Awards given in each category and division. Your organization may choose to provide representatives to judge exhibits and present awards based on your own criteria. Awards may include cash, savings bonds, calculators, computers and other prizes, summer job opportunities, and college scholarships. For more information on becoming a Special Awards Organization, contact Sam Bartlett, Special Awards Coordinator, at samuelbartlett@aol.com and visit the Special Awards Organization Information page and read the Special Awards Program Policy (pdf) for details on award minimums and organizational responsibilities.

Colorado Chemistry Teachers Association

Kristi Mountain Sports

Langmack Medical Communications

Mountain Mesa, Inc.

(in-kind: t-shirt design)

The Water Station

Zonta Club of Boulder County

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