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- American Society of Civil Engineers
- ATI Metals
- Carnegie Robotics
- Fluor Marine Propulsion
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
- Magee-Womens Research Institute
- National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Thiel College
- Air & Waste Management of Western PA
- Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation
- American Chemical Society, Pittsburgh Section
- American Industrial Hygiene Association
- American Society for Quality
- American Statistical Association
- Carnegie Mellon University M5 Lab and the Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning & Outreach
- Carnegie Mellon University Ren Lab and the Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning & Outreach
- Carnegie Mellon University, Chapter of Sigma Xi
- Chemical Association of Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America
- Pittsburgh Geological Society
- Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
- Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
- Princeton Alumni Association of Western PA
- Range Resources
- Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
- Society of American Military Engineers – Pittsburgh Post
- Society of Women Engineers, Pittsburgh Section
- The Webb Law Firm
- University of Pittsburgh, Department of Neuroscience
Science Fair Awards
More than $1 million in cash, scholarships, and trips are awarded each year. Those awards fall into several different categories.
Awards are distributed based on the number of entries in each category. Multiple second, third and fourth place awards may be awarded. Only one first place will be awarded in each category.
Senior Division (Grades 9–12)
- $300 – First Place
- $150 – Second Place
- $75 – Third Place
- $25 – Fourth Place
Intermediate Division (Grades 7–8)
- $150 – First Place
- $75 – Second Place
- $35 – Third Place
- $20 – Honorable Mention
Junior Division (Grades 6)
- $75 – First Place
- $50 – Second Place
- $30 – Third Place
- $15 – Fourth Place
Note: Teams will split the award money equally among team members.
Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
Senior Division, Grades 9–12
Each student researcher entering an exhibit may apply for participation in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Senior division student researchers will be chosen from the applicants and will win a chance to compete in the virtual Regeneron ISEF event.
Junior and Intermediate Division (Grades 6–8)
Category Award winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd places) are nominated to advance to Broadcom MASTERS competition, a program of Society for Science.
Companies which sponsor Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair may award a $50 prize to a student of their choosing. Sponsors use their own criteria to select projects. Some look for projects from their special field of interest.
Affiliate Sponsor Awards
These are awarded at Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair because of its affiliation with ISEF. These sponsors may include Intel, Ricoh and many other organizations.
Eleventh and twelfth grade students with five or more years of active participation are eligible for this perseverance award.
Eleventh and twelfth grade students with three or four years and tenth grade students with four or five years of active participation are eligible for this perseverance award.
Eighth and ninth grade students with three or four years of active participation are eligible for this perseverance award.
Category Judges select the students that exhibit excellence in Creativity, Literature Review, Presentation, or Scientific Method. Students will receive a certificate of excellence that signifies his or her outstanding performance in one of these areas.
Carlow University will award up to three students with the Whalen Scholarship, valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for a maximum of four years). Eligible students must meet the necessary criteria for admission and enroll at Carlow full-time upon graduation from high school in one of the following majors: Biology (including concentrations in human biology, cardiovascular perfusion, cytotechnology, and a pathway for environmental science), Chemistry, Data Analytics, Behavioral Neuroscience with Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, and Health Sciences.* Carlow has a strong program in the sciences and has developed several partnerships for advanced study, including an early acceptance program to LECOM. The Whalen Scholarship can be combined with other merit and/or need-based aid not to exceed the cost of tuition.
* Please note that our Health Sciences program is a 3-year degree. For this particular program, the scholarship is valued at $6,000 ($2,000 per year for a maximum of three years).
Carnegie Mellon University will potentially award up to two Pre-College Summer Session Program scholarships valued at $7,150 for 2 courses or $4,270 for 1 course. The Summer Session Program is a challenging credit-bearing program in which students take one or two actual Carnegie Mellon classes for full credit during the summer. The credit can be used at Carnegie Mellon or may be transferred to other universities. Scholarship recipients will be required to apply for admission to the program. The Pre-College program will be fully remote and runs from July 6 – August 14, 2021 (Orientation Day Saturday, June 26, 2021).
Chatham University will award up to four (4) scholarships each valued at $2,000 for undergraduate study. Each recipient must be admitted to and enroll at Chatham the fall semester following high school graduation. Scholarships are renewable annually for a period of four years or 120 credits provided the recipient maintains at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and remains enrolled on a full time basis at Chatham.
Gannon University will award up to eight (8) Science Fair Scholarships each valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years) to outstanding high school students. This academic scholarship is renewable each year with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and continued full time enrollment. Recipients of this award must meet academic requirements designated by the Office of Admissions and enroll at Gannon University as a full-time student the semester following their high school graduation.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will award scholarships to outstanding high school juniors or seniors. Recipients must meet the academic requirements for admission, and enroll full-time in IUP as a Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geoscience, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology major. A scholarship will be valued at approximately $30,000 (24 credits per year for four consecutive years.) To qualify for this scholarship the recipient must have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5, enroll full-time, and maintain a 3.25 grade point average in one of the above listed majors.
La Roche University will award up to four Science Fair Scholarships to rising juniors or seniors, each valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years) per recipient. Recipients will enroll full-time at La Roche College the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation in one of the following majors: biochemistry, biology, biology forensics, chemistry, chemistry forensics, computer science, exercise and sports science, health sciences, mathematics, pre-dentistry (LECOM), pre-osteopathic medicine 4+ only (LECOM), and pre-pharmacy 4+ only (LECOM). The recipients must meet the academic scholarship requirements designated by the Office of Freshman Admission, including that they have a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 upon graduation from high school, and must remain in good academic standing at La Roche. This scholarship may be added to other scholarships that La Roche University provides. However, the total amount of the scholarships received may not exceed that total cost of tuition for the year the student enrolls.
Mount Aloysius College will award up to six science fair scholarships of $10,000 ($2,500 per year for four consecutive years). Recipients must meet all academic criteria for admissions and maintain a 3.0 GPA at the college. Recipients must enroll in a science related major as a full-time student the semester following their high school graduation.
Penn State Greater Allegheny will offer up to four Blue & White scholarships, each valued at $3,000/year for students who enroll full time at PSUGA, the semester following their high school graduation. The scholarship is renewable for a second year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students who remain at Greater Allegheny for their junior and senior years and major in biobehavioral health, information science and technology, or psychology/science option, may also renew their scholarship, provided they meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students who pursue energy engineering (3+1 program) may renew their scholarships for the junior year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Point Park University will offer two (2) scholarships with a value of $5,000 per year. The Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology will participate in the selection of the recipients. Each scholarship is awarded for four (4) years of study, provided the student meets the stated renewal criteria. Recipients of the scholarship must meet the academic requirements for admission and enroll at Point Park University.
Saint Francis University will award six Science Fair Scholarships of $4,000 ($1,000 per year for four consecutive years). Recipients must meet academic criteria for admission and scholarship at SFU and enroll in a major with the school of sciences the semester following high school graduation.
Saint Vincent College will award five Science Fair Scholarships each valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years). Students must enroll at Saint Vincent College in a math or science related major the semester following high school graduation.
Seton Hill University will award four Seton Hill University Science Fair Scholarships. Each scholarship will be valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four consecutive years.) Recipients must enroll at Seton Hill University in a math or science major the semester following high school graduation.
Thiel College will award up to four $2,000 scholarships which would be renewable for four years. Recipients must be a junior or senior with a 3.0 cumulative GPA who plans on studying a science related field. The students must stay in a science related field, meet all admission requirements and enroll at Thiel as a full-time student status for all four years following their high school graduation.
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will award up to four (4) $1000 scholarships in addition to any other Pitt-Bradford merit awards for which a student is eligible. Students must meet admissions and scholarship criteria. Awards are renewable annually for a total of 4 academic years. Students must be enrolled full time, have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher and maintain the housing status that the scholarship was based on. Enrollment at the Bradford Campus is required. Awards are not transferable to any other Pitt Campus.
Email questions or comments to PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call the Science Fair office at 412.237.1534.
STEM Center Founding Partners include Bayer, Chevron, Duquesne Light Co., Eaton, Kennametal Foundation, NOVA Chemicals, and PPG Foundation.