High School Awards


Criteria

All Region II High School Science Fair projects will be judged using the following criteria:

High School Judging Criteria

The top two projects in the high school division will receive an all expenses-paid trips to the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held May 12-17, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ.  


Merit Awards

Many professional and industrial organizations provide awards in the form of cash prizes, certificates of merit, medallions, plaques, ribbons, scholarships, and gift items.

Read over the awards list below paying special attention to the criteria and decide if you want to design your project with a special award in mind. If available, criteria for each is provided.

 

American Meteorological Society

Outstanding Achievement for creative scientific endeavor in the areas of atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

American Psychological Association

Outstanding research in psychological science under the category of behavioral and social sciences or any category related to psychology (e.g., animal sciences, biochemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematical science, medicine and health).

Criteria

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

ASM Materials Education Foundation

Most outstanding exhibit in materials science. 

Criteria - 1. Use of materials-related concepts; 2. Demonstration of some aspect of the materials paradigm, i.e., structure-processing-properties-performance relationships; 3. Clarity in presentation; 4. Clear understanding of the scientific method; and 5. Aesthetics-layout of the project, neatness, etc.

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

Association for Women Geoscientists

Open to female students whose projects, in the opinion of the judges, exemplify high standards of innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences. Special consideration will be given to projects that increase the public awareness of the geosciences, illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences, or promote the sensitivity to the earth as a global system.

Grades eligible: 9-12

  

Citizens for Clean Energy 

The Great Falls-based Citizens for Clean Energy organization (CCE) recognize science fair projects that address clean renewable energy, environmental protection, resource conservation or ecosystem restoration. CCE judges wearing identification badges will screen projects for relevance to the group’s mission and then interview those students about their work. These evaluations are conducted independently of the official science fair judging process. Students wishing to qualify for a CCE award are encouraged to include wording in their project title that helps link it to a clean energy/environmental protection theme. CCE awards range from Outstanding Participation certificates to monetary prizes. Cash awards are given to the top four places. 

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Simple recognition of all projects in the areas of environmental sciences and environmental engineering. For the students attending ISEF in Anaheim, CA in May, EPA judges will be onsite and interacting with ISEF finalists as they make the selection for EPA's Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability award. 

Grades recognized: 9-12

 

Mu Alpha Theta

The Mu Alpha Theta Award is for the individual or group project that demonstrates the most challenging, original, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics accessible to a high school student. Components of the investigation may include, but are not limited to, mathematical proof, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, visualization, simulation, and approximation. The Mu Alpha Theta Award is not limited to the projects in the mathematics category.

Criteria

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

NASA Earth System Science Award

The NASA Earth System Science Award will be given to the project that best demonstrates insight into Earth’s interconnected systems. The project should incorporate studies of the different spheres of the Earth system, their interactions, and change over time. It should include cause-effect relationships based on evidence and demonstrate a clear understanding of how those relationships affect Earth as a system.

Criteria

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Awarded to the student whose research emphasizes NOAA's mission of Science, Service, and Stewardship: "To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, To share that knowledge and information with others, and To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources."

Criteria

Grades eligible: 6-12

 

Naval Science Award
(Individual Projects ONLY - Team Projects NOT Eligible)

The Naval High School Science Awards Program (NSAP) is a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps program that encourages our nation's students to develop and retain an interest in science and engineering. NSAP recognizes the accomplishments of eligible students at regional and state science and engineering fairs and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in producing and presenting quality science and engineering projects.

Criteria

Grades eligible: 6-12

 

Ricoh USA, Inc.

Awarded to the student demonstrating outstanding efforts in addressing issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development in his/her science and engineering project. The project must include principles & technical innovations offering the greatest potential for increasing the ability to grow environmentally friendly & socially responsible businesses.

Criteria

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

Society for In Vitro Biology

(Individual ONLY)

Awarded to the most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the areas of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture.

Grades eligible: 11

 

US Air Force

The Air Force Research Laboratory is proud to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives for our nations' youth. The Air Force is committed to providing opportunities to develop the future leaders in STEM. 

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

The U.S. Agency for International Development recognizes one individual or team project with the potential to make an impact on addressing international development challenges. 

Criteria

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

US Metric Association Award

The project should involve quantitative measures and should use units of the SI metric system for those measures. The subject of the project should not be the SI system itself. Any project which involves measures and expresses those measures consistently and correctly in SI metric would be a good choice to win the metric award. A project which uses a variety of metric units for different kinds of measures (such as force in newtons, pressure in kilopascals, energy in joules, power in watts, etc.) would be a better choice than one which only uses centimetres to measure lengths or litres for volumes. A project in which the measures were integrally important to the research would be a better choice than one in which measures were only used to describe the sizes of containers or the amounts of substances tested (or the size of the display board!). Units of older (non-SI) metric systems are NOT acceptable. Examples of such non-acceptable units are: mmHg, cmHg or millibars for pressure; calories, kilocalories or ergs for energy or heat; dynes, grams or kilograms for force or weight. (Grams and kilograms are mass.) The accompanying table, Judges Guide to SI Units, gives the name and correct symbol for many of the unit'> of the SI system, those for measures that are most likely to be encountered. Also shown are a few non-SI units which are officially considered acceptable for use with ST.

Criteria

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) recognizes outstanding water-related research at the high-school level. Projects should be aimed at enhancing the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resource management, or water and wastewater treatment. 

Guidelines

Criteria

Grades eligible: 9-12

 

Yale Science and Engineering Association

Awarded to the most outstanding 11th grade project exhibiting in the areas of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry. 

Grades eligible: 11


Contact Information:

Leanne Frost

Dr. Leanne Frost
Great Falls College MSU
2100 16th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405
406-771-4372
leanne.frost@gfcmsu.edu 

 

Institutional Review Board

Leanne Frost, Ed.D. 
General Studies Division Director

Brenda Canine, Ph.D.  
Biology Faculty

Daniel Casmier, Ph.D.  
Chemistry Faculty

Elfriede Neber, M.S.  
Behavioral Science Faculty

Russel Motschenbacher, M.S.N.
Nursing Program Director/Faculty

 

Scientific Review Committee

Leanne Frost, Ed.D.
General Studies Division Director

Brenda Canine, Ph.D.  
Biology Faculty

Daniel Casmier, Ph.D.  
Chemistry Faculty

Raimund Hahn, M.S.
Registered Professional Geologist

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