Central Virginia Regional Science Fair

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

2019 events: 

March 2, 2019   Central VA Regional Science Fair (ISEF for 9th-12 Graders) hosted by CVCC

May 7, 2019      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 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 operating budget. Each year the two grand award winners and a teacher represent the CVRSF at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. Framatome in Lynchburg is the Grand Sponsor of our Grand Finalists. 

The Virginia State Science Fair will be held April 5 & 6, 2019 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, VA. 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 (ISEF) May 12-17, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ.

Steering Committe Chair/CVRSF Director: Dr. Cheryl Lindeman

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

42nd Annual Central Virginia Regional Science Fair

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

March 2, 2019

9:30 a.m. 
Judging teams report to Merritt Hall.

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) 

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.

12th Annual Central Virginia Science Challenge Fair (grades 5-8)

  • May 7, 2019
  • 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 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 May 7, 2019: (6-8 grades)

    • 3:15 pm - 3:55 pm: Registration & Project set-up open 
    • Additional details to follow

    Agenda for May 7, 2019: (5th grade)

    • 4:30 pm: Registration & Project set-up open
    • Additional details to follow