All projects dealing with humans, non-human vertebrate animals,
pathogenic agents, controlled substances, recombinant DNA (rDNA) or human and
animal tissue must have the appropriate forms and certificates (protocols) on
file with the Science Fair office. These
forms must be signed and dated in accordance with ISEF regulations and your
regional fair's deadline. Your
regional fair will forward them to the State Science Fair Office, and they will
be reviewed by the State Fair Scientific Review Committee.
Exhibitors who fail to present the proper protocols will be
There are two types of awards presented at New Mexico Science and
Engineering Fair, special awards and category awards.
Special awards are
provided by industries, businesses, professional organizations, universities,
and the branches of the Armed Forces. They include plaques, cash awards, saving
bonds, merchandise, and scholarships.
Category awards include first, second and third place, and several honorable mentions in each
category. Junior Division, first
place winners receive cash awards.
the Senior Division, cash awards are awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
In addition, Grand Award
Winners are selected for each of the two divisions.
In the Junior Division, there are two Grand Award winners, one in the
life sciences and one in the physical sciences.
These exhibitors receive cash awards and/or merchandise awards.
In the Senior Division, the top
two exhibitors in the life sciences and the top two exhibitors in the physical
sciences become ISEF qualifiers. Their
awards include all-expenses paid trips to for the students and their
sponsors to attend and exhibit at ISEF. Team projects are also
eligible to receive Grand Award status. Two additional Grand
Award winners are designated alternates to ISEF.
In the event that an ISEF qualifier is unable to attend the ISEF, the
Alternate would become an ISEF exhibitor. Even
if all the qualifiers go to ISEF, the State Science Fair will pay partial or
full expenses toward the trip to ISEF for alternates, enabling them to go as
student observers. Student
observers cannot exhibit their projects at the ISEF.
Two awards programs will be
held on Saturday evening in the Macey Center Theater.
Names of winners will not be available to exhibitors or the general
public until they are announced at the awards programs.
The awards program for the
Junior Division begins at 6:00 p.m. The
Senior Division program begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes a presentation by the
winner of the Junior Academy of Science Scientific Paper Competition.
Open seating will begin 15 minutes prior the start of the Awards
Exhibit tear-down is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Student exhibitors must have their name tag to enter the Exhibit Hall to
tear down. Exhibits may not be
taken down before 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, no exceptions!
exhibits and equipment remaining after 8:00 p.m. will be discarded.
Category award judges are drawn from the industrial,
professional, scientific, and engineering communities from around the state.
They are formed into committees, one for each category in each division.
Each committee is responsible for determining the winners in that
award judges are usually selected by the sponsoring organization. Not all projects may be judged. Sponsoring organizations limit their judging topics to their particular interests. All students MUST be in attendance.
Overall, judges look for well
thought-out research. They look at
how significant the project is in its field, as well as how thorough the student
was. Was something left out?
Did the student start with four experiments and finish only three?
In particular, judges evaluate (1) how well a student followed the
scientific method; (2) the detail and accuracy of the research notebook; and (3)
if tools/equipment were used in the best possible way.
Judges applaud those students
who can speak freely and confidently about their research.
They are not interested in memorized speeches—they simply want to talk
with the student about the research to see if the student has a good grasp of
the project from start to finish. Besides
asking the obvious questions, judges often ask questions outside the normal
scope to test insight into the research such as "What didn't you do?"
and "What would be your next step?"
Judging begins at 8:00 a.m. on
Saturday without the exhibitors at their exhibits.
Each exhibit is judged initially by three category award judges.
After the scores for the three judges are combined, the judging committee
meets and reviews the exhibits and their scores.
Special award judges follow their own criteria to determine their awards.
Judges interview exhibitors
from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Please be at your exhibit promptly.
The initial scores and the results of the interviews form the basis for
the final determination of winners at the second caucus.
The length of the interview
period will depend on the committee. Exhibitors
should remain at their exhibits throughout the judging interview periods for
special and grand award judging.
not all student exhibitors will be re-interviewed, it is necessary
for them to remain at their exhibit until 3:30 p.m.
will be served from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday. As part
of the exhibitor registration package, student exhibitors will receive a
ticket to the luncheon. Additional tickets may be purchased from
11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the entrance of the Joseph A. Fidel Center, 3rd
floor Ballroom. Other
meals are the responsibility of the participants.
Overnight accommodations in Socorro are the
responsibility of Science Fair participants. The State Science Fair
office does not make motel reservations, nor are any dormitory
facilities available on campus. Make your reservations early! Please
refer to the City of Socorro website for lodging information.
VIEWING OF EXHIBITS
The Exhibit Hall is open to the public from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on
Saturday. Exhibitors are encouraged
to be at their exhibits for at least part of the time on Saturday afternoon if
ACTIVITIES DURING THE FAIR *
Black Light Party will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Student Activity Center (SAC). This popular event is sponsored by NM Tech Marketing and Office for Advancement. There is no charge! You and your guests are invited to enjoy music, appetizers (light meal) and soft drinks. Free glow in the dark accessories will be available. There will be a separate section for teachers and parents to socialize. Please RSVP at (575) 835-5292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A public Star Party is scheduled from 7:30-10:00 pm at the Estcorn Campus Observatory. The Star Party is sponsored by the NM Tech Student Astronomy Club. For more information and directions visit http://infohost.nmt.edu/~astro/etscorn.html.
The NM Tech Performing Arts Series is presents, Mark Nizer 3D Comedy & Juggline Show, 7:30 pm in Macey Center. Ticket prices: $20/Adult; $18/Senior; $10/Youth. For more information contact the PAS office at (575) 835-5688 or at email@example.com.
*Subject to change.
New Mexico Science Teachers Association (NMSTA) Annual Meetingwill be held from 10:00 am to 11:45 am in Workman 101. 10:00 to 10:30 am, coffee & baked goods will be served. 10:30 to 11:45 am, the Combined NMSTA Executive Board and Membership Meeting is held. Special door prizes for teachers are given.
The NM Bureau of Geology and NMSTA will host a Parents and Sponsors Appreciation Reception from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, in Workman 101. Parents and sponsors are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided
PARTICIPANTS' RECEPTION AND MEETING
evening, immediately following the Senior Division Awards Ceremony, a reception
will be held in Macey Center for all Intel International Science and Engineering
Fair qualifiers, alternates, their sponsors and parents. This includes all
regional ISEF participants. Regional Director’s will be in attendance to answer
questions and assist in filling out forms. ISEF winners from around the state
will be honored and plans will be finalized for the trip to Los Angeles, CA in May.
It is important that everyone who will be a part of the New Mexico delegation to ISEF attend this meeting.
qualifiers, their sponsors, Regional Fair personnel, and State Science
Fair personnel make up the Official Party to the Intel ISEF. Alternates
and their sponsors may be included if they are being supported
financially by a regional fair or the State Science Fair.
Anyone who is
not part of the Official Party who is planning attending ISEF is
responsible for their own arrangements.