How to Enter:
Entry forms will be available in December, and are due by February 28. Fair regulations still require paper copies, so will you also have to print out from the online a system and send to the SASEF address listed on the forms. A non-refundable fee is required for each participant (before Feb 15 $10, Feb 15-28 $20, after Feb 28 $30). There is no guarantee that late projects will be judged or appear in the awards program booklet.

Our Service Area:

Any public, private or homeschooled student in the SASEF Service Area may enter an exhibit in the SASEF if certain qualifications are met (see below). This project year includes research conducted from January of the previous year to February of the current year of the fair.

SASEF Service Area:

Map of SASEF Service Area 

Middle School (Grades 6-8): Junior Division:

For middle school students to qualify for the Junior Division competition, exhibits must have been evaluated at the school or county level and have placed in the top 10-20% of all exhibits. Please contact us for possible exceptions. If your middle school fair winners compete in a county-wide fair, it is essential that you follow up and encourage the county winners from your school to enter the SASEF.


High School (Grades 9-12): Senior Division:

Any high school student may enter an exhibit in the SASEF. Most high schools do not have school fairs, nor do they compete at the county fair. Therefore, the only requirement in that the student have a teacher, parent, or outside scientist serve as project mentor. In addition, all students participating in a Resarch Methods class in any high school is eligible to compete in SASEF.


Team Projects:

Team projects compete in their categories. Team projects can includes research in any scientific discipline. Junior Division Teams may have up to three members. SENIOR DIVISION TEAMS MAY ONLY HAVE TWO MEMBERS. Note: Teams may not have more than maximum allowed number of members at a local fair and then eliminate members to qualify for the SASEF. A Team Project cannot be converted to an individual project. A new member may not be added to a continuing Team Project, but two original team members may continue their research if the third member no longer participates.

Each team should appoint a team leader to coordinate the work and act as spokesperson. However, each member of the team should be able to serve as spokesperson, be fully involved with the project, and be familiar with all aspects of the project. The final work should reflect the coordinated efforts of all team members and will be evaluated using the same rules and similar judging criteria as the categories.


Timeline for Science Fair Projects:

August - September:
   Student selects research topic, begins literature review in library.

Student completes literature review; writes hypothesis, objectives, and methods and materials; prepares data book; completes necessary paperwork such as human subject forms.

November - December:
Student completes experiment, analyzes data, writes report and abstract. Entry forms available on SASEF website.

January - February:
— In-school fairs may be held at this time (if held after the Feb 28th deadline, the students qualify for the following year's SASEF, not this year's); winners selected to participate in SASEF.
— Students complete data book
— Student uses online entry site to complete and print entry forms
— Student mails SASEF entry forms (if qualified to enter) to SASEF, 2506 E.J. Chapman Dr., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 37996-4531 -- DUE FEB 28th

— Student and teacher are informed about acceptance into SASEF (listed on this website), all paperwork issues much be resolved.
— Student prepares poster; practices for judge interviews

SASEF during the last week of March or the first week of April.

ISEF (our top two Senior Division project and their teachers qualify for expense-paid trip to ISEF) in May.