The Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair (BSEF) provides all Ohio’s students in grades 9-12 with an opportunity to qualify for the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). The ISEF is the largest and most prestigious science fair in the world. Each year over 1,700 students from more than 70 countries, regions, and territories around the world gather to compete for nearly $5,000,000 in awards and scholarships. For information, please visit Regeneron ISEF.

The BSEF is a separate fair and is not affiliated with, nor requires participation in either District Science Day or State Science Day. As an affiliated ISEF fair, the BSEF will follow the ISEF rules and form requirements.

The BSEF will be held as an online competition in 2023.

Melvin Scholars will be selected from the BSEF based upon the quality of their research project.


Students showcasing their projects at BSEF


Students in grades 9-12 who are interested in competing in the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair (BSEF) will need to create an account on ProjectBoard ( Students will need to select “Science Day” to get started. To successfully complete the sign up, students will be required to submit/upload the following elements of their project:

  • Properly completed ISEF Forms
  • Written Final Report
  • Quad Board (a template will be provided)
  • Video (15 minutes maximum). Students may use a slide deck as part of their presentation.
  • Registration fee is $50 per student

Registration for BSEF opened on February 1, 2023 and closed on February 15, 2023.

A “Submit” button is located at the top of the student’s project in ProjectBoard. Students will use this button and select which event(s) they are registering for. Please watch the registration video and review the registration manual BEFORE beginning your submission.

Registration manual: BSEF_DSD Project Submission for Students

BSEF/District Science Day Registration Video:

How to attach/upload files/links to ProjectBoard:

My project has been submitted for BSEF/District Science Day…now what?

The cost to participate in BSEF is $50 per student. Student participants will be invoiced directly from the Ohio Academy of Science office. The competition fee MUST be paid before the student can participate in the judging process. 

The 1st round of judging will take place virtually. On or about March 15, 2023, the OAS will announce the list of students advancing to the 2nd round of judging that will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2023 via Zoom. Judging for the second round will be a zoom call with a panel of judges. Details will be provided to each of the 2nd round finalists.

The 2023 ISEF Finalists representing the BSEF will be announced on April 3, 2023 for those selected to attend the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2023. The BSEF will select a total of 6 projects to attend ISEF.

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Student and Judge registration information will be posted by January 2023
Student Registration Deadline:  February 15, 2023
Notification for Second Round Judging: March 15, 2023
Second Round Judging: April 1, 2023
ISEF Finalists Announced: April 3, 2023
Registration Fee: $50 per student




Congratulations to the following students who will representing the Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair at ISEF 2022:

Ms. Laasya Acharya – 9th Grade, William Mason HS (Mason)

Mr. Mihai Crisan 12th Grade, Upper Arlington HS (Upper Arlington)

Mr. Johan DeMessie – 11th Grade, William Mason HS (Mason)

Ms. Kaitlyn Ernst – 10th Grade, Laurel School (Shaker Hts.)

Mr. Destynn Keuchel – 12th Grade, Hawken School (Gates Mills)

Ms. Maya Sarikonda – 12th Grade, Sylvania Northview HS (Sylvania)

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