A science fair project should be fun to do.  Science research does involve some risk, both to you the researcher, and to others involved in the project (including animals).   The rules of the International Science and Engineering Fair are designed to minimize this risk and promote safe research.   Please read through the rules that pertain to your research project.  If you have questions about the rules, please discuss them with your Adult Sponsor (teacher) and/or the Regional Science Review Committee. 

Fair Timeline

 Date     Event
February 16, 2024 

5:00 PM

Regional Fair Registration Due by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 16th.  All required forms:

  •  2023 Registration Form
  • 2023 SJRSEF Abstract Form
  • 2023 ISEF Forms
  • 2023 Research Plan

must be submitted by e-mail to the fair directors at registration@sjrsef.org 

March 1, 2024

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Posters are set up in 9000 rooms (Henderson Fine Arts Center at SJC).   Students should check in at the front desk to receive their assigned poster number.  Students should set up their projects and bring the certification form to one of the fair directors.   The directors will then review the poster and notify the student of any violations.   Violations must be corrected before the student leaves.  
March 2, 2024 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.   Students are to be at their posters to meet with judges.   Students may meet with multiple sets of judges (category, special award, and finalist).    When judging for a division is complete all students in that division will be dismissed.  Students should not leave until all judging in their division is complete.  Public (including parents and teachers) cannot be in the gallery during judging. 

12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM   Public Viewing.   The gallery will be open to the public after judging is complete.   Students do not need to be at their posters during the public viewing.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM   Tear Down.   Students may return to the gallery to take down their posters after the public viewing.  No posters should be removed before the end of the public viewing.

6:00 – 7:00 PM  The Awards Ceremony will be held in the Connie Gotsch Theater at San Juan College.

TBA New Mexico State Science Fair at New Mexico Tech (Socorro, NM)
May 11-17, 2024 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair will be held in Los Angeles, California.


Required Forms

Submitting Paperwork for SRC Approval

If your project requires SRC approval before research, please e-mail a copy of the completed forms:

  • ISEF Forms 1, 1A, 1B, and others, as needed for approval
  • Research Plan

to the Regional Scientific Review Committee (SRC) at src@sjrsef.org.  The SRC will review your plan and respond to you within one week.   If your plan is approved, the SRC will return the forms to you (or your Adult Sponsor) by e-mail.  If it is not approved, the SRC will explain what changes you need to make before approval can be granted.  When the changes are made, you may resubmit the forms for approval.   If you have questions about this process, please check with your Adult Sponsor (teacher) or contact the SRC at the above e-mail address.