Central Virginia Regional Science Fair

an affiliate of Intel ISEF - Society for Science & The Public   

2016 ISEF Guidelines

2016 events: 

March 7, 2016   Central VA Regional Science Fair (ISEF for 9th-12 Graders) hosted by CVCC

May 10, 2016   Science Challenge Fair for 6th-8th Graders & 5th Grade Science Stars (see below) hosted by Central Virginia Governor's School

The Central Virginia Regional Science Fair (CVRSF) stimulates interest among high school students in many areas of science. Students attending Grades 9-12 in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell Counties, or in the City of Lynchburg may participate. The science fair enables them to develop their abilities through creativeness and scientific enterprise as shown in their projects. The fair unites local educators at the secondary and college levels who mentor students as they learn the research process.

The Central Virginia Regional Science Fair (CVRSF), which is affiliated with the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), brings together the best student projects from area high schools representing school divisions in the central part of Virginia. The CVRSF is operated by a regional steering committee. Funds from local school division annual participation fees, local college support, and local businesses and professional organizations provide the yearly operation budget. Each year the two grand award winners and a teacher represent the CVRSF at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. AREVA NP in Lynchburg is the Grand Sponsor of our Grand Finalists. 

The Virginia State Science Fair will be held April 8-9, 2016 at VMI. All first place and selected second place winners will be nominated to the state level. For VSSEF each student winner must register online and pay the registration fee. Parents are responsible for transporting students to and from the event.

The international fair will be held in Phoenix, AZ on May 8-13, 2016.

Steering Committe Chair/CVRSF Director: Dr. Cheryl Lindeman

39th Annual Central Virginia Regional Science Fair

Central Virginia Community College
Project Display & Judging - Merritt Hall  
Awards Program –  Amherst Building Room 2123


March 5, 2016

9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. 
Registered Projects check in & set-up project displays in Merritt Hall 5124-5125(All projects displayed must have ISEF forms approved by the regional SRC)

10:00 a.m. 
Judging teams report to Merritt Hall

10:30-12:00 Noon   
Judges review projects without students

12:15 p.m. 
Students check in for judging (SAT test takers by 1:00 p.m.) look for signs

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Judges interview students (only participants + judges permitted in the room – no cell phones, participants are encouraged to wear business professional attire)

1:45 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. 
Light lunch provided for participants and group activities - Merritt Hall 5145

2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Fair Open to the Public 

2:45 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Awards Program - Amherst Building Room 2123
Students must be judged and be present to received award(s)

Immediately following the program participants will take down projects.  Any materials remaining will be discarded.


Ninth Annual Central Virginia Science Challenge Fair (grades 5-8)

  • May 10, 2016
  • Hosted by Central Virginia Governor's School on grounds of Heritage High School.

Participation Criteria

  • Students are selected by their school divisions as best of local fairs meeting the criteria of the regional science fair challenge or, for 5th graders, based on their school or division fairs.
  • Participants complete "student intent to participate form" and return it to their teachers.
  • Participants must be accompanied by parent/chaperone/teacher during the event.
  • Hot dog combo dinners will be available for purchase during the event.
  • Students must be present to receive awards.
  • 6th- 8th graders who place 1st or 2nd in their category are eligible to be nominated for the Broadcom Masters National Competitionwww.www.societyforscience.org/masters
  • Questions should be directed to the student's science teacher or school division science supervisor

Agenda for May 10, 2016 (6-8 grades)

  • 3:15 pm - 3:55 pm: Registration & Project set-up opens at in Heritage HS Cafeteria.
          -Parking is available in the auxilary HHS student parking lot located off Leesville Rd, on the left side of the road, 0.4 miles from Timberlake Rd.  The entrance down to the parking lot is just past the Verizon Building.
  • 4:00 pm: Judging and Program in Auditorum begin (1/2 students in each)
  • 5:25 pm: Groups will be instructed to change places about this time.
  • 6:30 pm: Projects open to the public 
  • 6:45 pm: Awards Program Begins

Agenda for May 10, 2016 (5th grade)

  • 4:30 pm: Registration & Project set-up for in Heritage HS Cafeteria.
  • 4:45 pm: Special science program in the Governor's School for 5th graders
  • 6:15 pm: Science Stars stand by their projects in HHS Cafeteria
  • 6:30 pm: Recognition for 5th grade Science Stars