The Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair (BSEF) provides all Ohio’s students in grades 9-12 with an opportunity to qualify for the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). The ISEF is the largest and most prestigious science fair in the world. The BSEF will advance a total of six (6) student projects to the ISEF, where they will be joined by students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 75 countries, regions, and territories. ISEF students will compete for more than $4 million in scholarships and awards. 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.

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

The 2024 Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair was held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at CAS, 2540 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43202. 

View photos from the event.

Regeneron ISEF 2024 will take place in Los Angeles, CA from May 11-17, 2024.


Students showcasing their projects at BSEF



2024 Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair (BSEF) project submission portal for competition is open from December 18, 2023 – January 31, 2024 through the ProjectBoard platform.

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. The submission fee is $50.00 per student.

The 2024 Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at CAS in Columbus. 

To begin a project or to prepare to submit a project for the 2024 BSEF – students must create or re-activate last years account in ProjectBoard by January 16, 2024. If participating through a classroom educator/facilitator, that person will connect the student with their ProjectBoard class.

If the student is independent (not connected to a classroom educator or afterschool facilitator), please contact the Ohio Academy of Science to get connected with a class facilitator at:

Submitting a BSEF Project

Click below to browse previous BSEF projects on ProjectBoard (pictured right). Then login to ProjectBoard to submit your 2024 BSEF Project before the deadline of January 31, 2024.




Congratulations to the following students who will representing the

Buckeye Science & Engineering Fair at ISEF 2024

Laasya Acharya, Grade 11 – William Mason High School, Warren

Kara Jones, Grade 11 – Central Christian, Wayne

Haasini Mendu, Grade 11 – William Mason High School, Warren

Charlie Pochet, Grade 10 – Dayton Regional STEM School, Montgomery

Niklas Rietsch, Grade 11 – The University School, Cuyahoga

Joseph Wright, Grade 12 – Dayton Regional STEM School, Montgomery

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