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WV Regional and State Science Fairs

Information about the State and Regional Science Fairs is updated as it becomes available.  If you would like to include information about a Regional Science Fair in your area, please contact WVDE Science Cordinator Robin Sizemore at .

West Virginia State Science Fairs


The West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, WVSSEF

The WVSSEF is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair and follows their rules and guidelines. Please review the 2016 ISEF Rules and Guidelines for additional information. There are thirteen (13) categories for entries.

  • Behavioral & Social Science
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Medicine & Health
  • Biochemistry
  • Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Botany
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Zoology
  • Computer Science

Fair Location: Fairmont State University

Eligibility: Any student or team project, grades 9 - 12, may enter a project if they have followed the provided criteria. Projects that are winners from Regional Fairs may also enter the competition.

Fair Dates:  The 2015 WVSSEF tentative date is March 28, 2015. Deadline for Submission: To be updated.


Michelle Poland
Fairmont State University,  417 Engineering Technology
1201 Locust Ave. Fairmont, WV 26554 

Phone: (304) 367.4246  Fax: (304) 367-4934

West Virginia Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is open to all WV High School Students. 

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is a STEM (science, technology engineering and mathematics) scholarship competition  sponsored by the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy.  It is separate from ISEF, but strong science fair projects usually do well in the JSHS format. It includes a keynote speaker and practice time for presenters on Friday evening, the competition on Saturday morning, hands-on labs on Saturday afternoon, and an awards banquet. Lodging and meals are free to regional participants, so the only cost of attending the WV-JSHS is travel to West Virginia Wesleyan College. For more information, visit this link- WVRJS&HS .

Fair Location: West Virginia Wesleyan College

Eligibility:  Any West Virginia student in grades 9-12 (public, private or home-schooled) is eligible to compete.  Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for JSHS scholarships.

Fair Dates: March 28-29, 2014, Applications due- March 17, 2014


Jeanne D. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Department of Biology & Environmental Science,  West Virginia Wesleyan College


Please notify Professor Sullivan via email if your school has not received applications forms in the mail. 

WV-JSHS website:

National JSHS website:

West Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fairs

Regional Sceince and Engineering Fairs are held in March prior to the WVSSEF.  Students in grades 6 - 12 will compete for category awards, competitions, special awards, and an opportunity to go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. 

Central and Southern West Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair 

Fair Location:   WVU-Tech, Montgomery, WV

Fair Dates:  October 17, 2014

Student eligibility: To particiapte in the Central and Southern WV Regional Sceince and Engineering Fair students must:

    • Be in grades 9-12
    • Not have reached age 21 on or before October 1, 2014.
    • Attend public, private, or home school
    • Live in RESA districts 1, 2, 3, and part of 4.
    • (Counties included are:  Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Wayne, and Wyoming.) 


Dr. Rana M. Jisr
Department of Physical Sciences
WVU Institute of Technology
Montgomery, WV 25136
Phone: 304-442-3356
Fax: 304-442-1046

Mr. Mark Jones
Department of Physical Education
WVU Institute of Technology
Montgomery, WV, 25136
Phone: 304-442-3150

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Science Fair- no information available

The North Central West Virginia Regional Science, Energy, and Engineering Fair

Fair Location:  Engineering Technology Building, Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV 26554

Fair Dates:  Tentative date- February 21,2015 ( Generally the 2nd or 3rd weekend of February)  Applications due: February 11, 2014

Student Eligibility:  6-8 in the junior competition; 9-12 in the senior competition – Must be from RESA VII area (Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur)

Additional Notes: No pre-qualifying event is required.  Cash prizes are typically given.  Registration is via online, email, or mail.  Forms are found on the website.


Michelle Poland

WVSSEF Director

417 Engineering Technology Building

P: 304.367.4246  Fax: 304.367.4934


RESA 8 Regional Science Fair:  Junior Division

Fair Date and Location: Usually held during March at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

County school systems who participate:  Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, and West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, plus various private schools within the region (Note:  Students from Pendleton County Schools participate with the fair at Davis and Elkins College)

Student eligibility:  Students in grades 6-8 who won at their respective county-level science fairs are eligible to participate.


Beth Pennington, Coordinator

Bryan Cooley, RESA 8 Program Development Coordinator

Webpage information:  A link for  information about the regional fairs in RESA 8 appears on the RESA 8 homepage: usually in December of each year.

West Liberty University Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Fair location:   Arnett Hall at West Liberty University, West Liberty WV 26074

Fair dates: March 7 - 8, 2014

Student eligibility:  6-8 in the junior competition; 9-12 in the senior competitionNo pre-qualifying event is required. Students from the West Virginia counties of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Monroe and Tyler in grades 6-12 are eligible. Additionally, students in Belmont and Jefferson counties of Ohio are also eligible on condition that students attending schools in these two Ohio Counties will enter their projects either in the West Liberty University regional Science and Engineering Fair or the Greater Ohio Science Fair, but not both during the same school year.. Registration is via email following the instructions provided on the website.


Melinda S. Kreisburg, PhD  

Dept Natural Science and Math                       

West Liberty University

PO Box 295, 139 CSC, West Liberty, WV 26074

Zachary Loughman, PhD

West Liberty University

CUB 139

208 University Drive, West Liberty, WV 26074 And 

Theunis van Aardt, PhD

West Liberty University

CUB 139

208 University Drive, West Liberty, WV 26074

Website:  or and follow the links to “Academics,” “College of Sciences,” and “Natural Sciences and Mathematics.”

West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Regional High School Science Fair

Fair location:  Potomac State College of WVU / KVFD Exhibition Hall, Keyser, WV

Fair date:  March 4, 2014,  Applications due dateFebruary 21, 2014

Student Eligible:  Students in grades 9-12 who have participated in a county science fair within the RESA 8 counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral,  and Morgan,and the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Regional Middle School Science Fair

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Location:  Shepherd University

Contacts for the Eastern Panhandle Regional MS and HS Science Fairs: 

Robert P. Mason, Co-Director,,

Route 4, Box 203, Keyser WV 26726,    1-304-788-0284  

Joyce Ashworth, ( ), RESA 8 Program Development Coordinator,

109 So. College St., Martinsburg, WV   1-304-267-3595, ext. 135

Dr. Jay Badenhoop,

Professor of Chemistry,

Potomac State College of WVU, 101 Fort Ave., Keyser, WV 267267

Gary Kalbaugh,

Keyser, WV

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