Science Fairs

Students in SPARK prepare a research project to enter into regional, state, national and even international science fairs and competitions.

Students must compete in either the Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NEFRSEF) or the St. Johns County Science Fair (SJCSF). Students who attend a school within Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) must also submit their project to the DCPS District Secondary Science Fair, which is typically held each January.

If their projects are selected, students are expected to compete in state and international science fairs.

Explore these links for more information about some of the science fairs SPARK scholars enter:

BioGENEius Challenges

This fair provides high school students with the opportunity to compete and be recognized for outstanding research in biotechnology. Students can apply and compete for top honors in the Global Healthcare Challenge (medical biotechnology), the Global Sustainability Challenge (agricultural biotechnology) or the Global Environment Challenge (industrial/environmental biotechnology). Read more.

Florida Junior Academy of Science

This is the Florida chapter of the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) and is affiliated with the Florida Academy of Sciences, the mother organization. AJAS is the only U.S. honor society recognizing America's premier high school students for outstanding scientific research. The AJAS mission is to introduce, encourage and accelerate pre-college students into the professional world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read more.

Florida Regional Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium (JSEHS)

Sponsored by the University of Florida Center for Precollegiate Education and Training and the Army Education Outreach Program, JSEHS helps develop interest and ability in science and provides recognition and prestige for students who demonstrate aptitude for scientific studies. Read more.

INSPO Research & Innovation Competition

In this science fair, called North America's continental science fair, students showcase STEM projects to other top youths and industry leaders and established professors. In 2020, the fair went virtual because of the new coronavirus pandemic. Projects created in previous years may be accepted if the innovation, study or experiment is still relevant. Read more.

Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits and networking are planned. Read more.

Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

A Regeneron ISEF is a research-based high school competition that is affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public's affiliated fair network. Read more.

Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS)

Regeneron STS recognizes and empowers promising young scientists who are developing ideas that could solve society's most urgent challenges. Each year, nearly 1,900 students enter the Regeneron STS, which is considered the oldest and most prestigious U.S. science competition for high school seniors, providing an important forum for original research that's recognized and reviewed by a national jury of professional scientists. Read more.

State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida

SSEF is a three-day display of science project exhibits prepared by aspiring scientists and engineers in grades six through 12. More than 900 finalists display projects illustrating their research in competition for awards. The 2020 fair was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

Student Research Conference

The Sigma Xi Student Research Conference is an annual celebration of student scholarship and research excellence. The virtual conference invites high school, undergraduate, and graduate students across disciplines to share their research and connect with professionals and peers. Read more.