North Dakota State Science & Engineering Fair
The next generation of scientists and engineers to compete in the North Dakota State Science & Engineering Fair.
State junior and senior division superstars will vie for honors at the 72nd annual North Dakota State Science & Engineering Fair (NDSSEF) at UND on March 31 - April 1, 2022. Top finishers in the senior division will advance to compete in the 2022 International Science and Engineering Fair.
The 2022 North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair will be held in Grand Forks, ND at the Memorial Union on the campus of the University of North Dakota, March 31-April 1, 2022. The event is open to the public on April 1, 2022, 3:30-4:30pm.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. on March 24, 2022.
The health and safety of all NDSSEF participants, judges, and guests is our top priority. We will be following recommendations from ND officials based on developing policies at the national level.
- The fair will be an in-person physical fair.
- Masks are required during the fair.
- Tables are being spaced apart as much as possible.
- Should the 2022 North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair be canceled, there is no guarantee of a make-up or a virtual fair. No hybrid fair is offered.
This year, NDSSEF participants will enjoy a night of Northern Air fun and pizza. We have reserved the Northern Air Family Fun Center (1600 32nd Ave. S., Grand Forks, ND 58201) for Science Fair students, teachers, and chaperoning adults Thursday evening from 5:00-7:30pm. Northern Air offers trampolines, laser tag, and a NEW Hologate Virtual Reality game. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Please see the waiver section below for the required waiver.
Registration and Setup
- Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 31, students and teachers may enter the Memorial Union to set up the project displays.
- Wifi will be available for participants. We plan to have IT help available Thursday morning.
- Departmental activities and classroom visits (for 11th and 12th graders) are scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
UND will provide lunch on Friday for student exhibitors, alternates, and teachers/chaperones.
The new Memorial Union Ballroom is large enough to accommodate both the displays and the Award Ceremony. Awards will be announced after judging and award preparation are completed, Friday early evening.
FREE Parking is ONLY available for buses and cars in the parking lot across (east of) Columbia Road from the parking ramp. This lot will be marked with signs that say NDSSEF Parking.
If you prefer to park in the ramp adjacent to the Memorial Union, you MUST pay through the Passport app (signs posted) or with a credit card at the kiosk, or you will get a parking ticket.
Parking tickets are not covered by UND or the Science Fair.
NDSSEF Information & Guidelines
Student participation fees to compete in the regional and state fairs are paid by the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which is administered by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. UND sponsors for other activities include the Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice-President for Research, The Graduate School, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Engineering and Mines, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, and the College of Business and Public Administration. The City of Grand Forks and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau contributed significant community support to the event.
2021 NDSSEF Event
March 25 and 26, 2021. Judging and Awards Ceremony will be held virtually
Cancelled due to COVID-19.
International Science & Engineering Fair
Senior division first-place winners of the North Dakota competition will advance to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair. National, regional and state organizations will recognize the efforts of the students with awards and scholarships.
May 7-13, 2022
Will be held in Atlanta, Georgia
NDSSEF Regional Fairs
March 1, 2022
402 Robinson Street
Grenora, ND 58845
Divide, Williams, McKenzie, Burke, Mountrail, Renville, Ward, Bottineau, McHenry
March 11, 2022
905 8th Ave SW
Mandan, ND 58554
Adams, Billings, Bowman, Burleigh, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stark
The first North Dakota State Science & Engineering Fair was held in 1950. The first held at UND was in 2011.
Past NDSSEF Award Winners
Engineering & Science Resources