Central Virginia Regional Science Fair

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

2020 events: 

March 7, 2020: Central VA Regional Science Fair (ISEF for 9th-12 Graders) hosted by Central Virginia Community College (CVCC)

May 12, 2020: Science Challenge Fair for 6th-8th Graders & 5th Grade Science Stars (see below) hosted by Randolph College

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 Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), brings together the best student projects from area high schools representing school divisions or private schools 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 operating budget. Each year the two grand award winners and a teacher represent the CVRSF at the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair. Framatome in Lynchburg is the Grand Sponsor of our Grand Finalists. 

The Virginia State Science Fair will be held April 17 & 18, 2020, at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, VA, and is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. All first place and selected second place winners will be invited 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.

Grand winners will attend the international fair (Regeneron) May 10-15, 2020, in Anaheim, CA.

Steering Committe Chair/CVRSF Director: Dr. Cheryl Lindeman

Logistics questions should be directed to the student's science fair teacher.

43rd Annual Central Virginia Regional Science Fair

Central Virginia Community College
Project Display, Judging, and Awards Program - Merritt Hall  

March 7, 2020

9:30 a.m. 
Judging teams report to Merritt Hall; follow signs to the judging room on the main level.

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). Students are expected to have all materials at their project location by 10:30 a.m. No additional materials may be added after this time.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.   
Judges review projects without students

11:40 a.m. 
Students check in for judging; there will be signs to direct students to the appropriate area. Students are expected to wear business professional attire for judging.

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Judges interview students. Only participants and judges are permitted in the room – no cell phones or other recording devices are permitted. 

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Light lunch provided for participants and group activities - Merritt Hall 5145

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Fair Open to the Public (CVCC Merritt Hall 5124-5125) 

Tentative starting time 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Awards Program - Merritt Hall 5145-5146
NOTE: There will be very limited seating in the awards room.
Students must be judged and be present during the awards program to received award(s).

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


13th Annual Central Virginia Science Challenge Fair (grades 5-8)

Due to the VA Governor’s closing of schools, the 2020 Central VA Regional Science Middle School fair is canceled.

Students are encouraged to take photos of their boards and share with their teachers. Be safe!


The following information is on this site only as reference for programs to be held beyond 2020.

  • Hosted by Randolph College's Department of Education on the campus of Randolph College, 2500 Rivermont Ave. Lynchburg, VA 24503

    Participation Criteria

    • Students are selected by their school divisions/private schools 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.
    • Light dinner option will be available 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 Competition www.societyforscience.org/masters
    • Questions should be directed to the student's science teacher or school division science supervisor

    Agenda for DATE: (6-8 grades)

    • 3:15 pm - 3:55 pm: Registration & Project set-up open 
    • Additional details to follow through school or division communications

    Agenda for DATE: (5th grade)

    • 4:30 pm: Registration & Project set-up open
    • Additional details to follow through school or division communications