North Dakota State Science & Engineering Fair
The health and safety of all NDSSEF participants, judges, and guests is our top priority. We are following recommendations from ND officials based on developing policies at the national level. In line with this, UND officials have instructed cancellation of all events comprised of greater than 100 participants.
At this time, the physical NDSSEF at UND scheduled for April 2-3, 2020, is cancelled. We are exploring options that include a virtual format.
Due to the rapidly evolving potential of the situation, urgent updates regarding the status of the State Fair will be communicated through your student’s Regional Director.
Please stay apprised of general state and national developments via the CDC and ND Department of Health.
Thank you for your diligence with safe practices and your understanding regarding possible schedule changes during this virus season!
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 70th annual North Dakota State Science & Engineering Fair (NDSSEF) at UND. First-place winners in the senior division will advance to compete in the 2020 International Science and Engineering Fair.
2020 NDSSEF Event
April 2-3, 2020
Exhibits open to the public on Friday, April 3 (2:00 - 4:30 pm)
Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND
2020 NDSSEF PROGRAM & SPONSORS (coming soon)
|8 - 11 a.m.||Registration and setup||Alerus Center|
|11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.||Lunch (on your own)|
|1 p.m.to 3:30 p.m.||Hands-on activities, teachers chaperone students||Meet at Alerus Center for transportation to campus|
|5 - 6:30 p.m.||Banquet||UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences
1301 N Columbia Rd, Grand Forks
|8 a.m.||Judges Report/Breakfast||All events will take place at the Alerus Center. See signage for specific locations|
|8:30 a.m.||Judges Meeting|
|9 a.m.||Judging begins|
|9 a.m.||Teachers meeting|
|12 -1 p.m.||Student Lunch|
|12 -1 p.m.||Judge Lunch|
|12:45 p.m.||Judges Meeting (all afternoon judges)|
|1 p.m.||Judging Resumes|
|2 - 4:30 p.m.||Exhibits open to the public|
|4:30 p.m.||Takedown and setup for awards ceremony|
|5:30 p.m.||Awards Ceremony|
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.
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 10-15, 2020
NDSSEF Regional Fairs
February 25, 2020
Williston State College
402 Robinson Street
Grenora, ND 58845
Grenora Public School
Contact Rhonda Schafer-McLean for information
March 17, 2020
University of North Dakota
March 17, 2020
Mandan High School
905 8th Ave SW
Mandan, ND 58554
Wing Public School
Flasher High School
Scranton Public School
Linton Public School
Hebron Public School
Turtle Lake - Mercer Public School
Belfield Public School
March 13, 2020
Gladstone Inn & Suites
Litchville-Marion High School
104 2nd St
Marion, ND 58466
March 17, 2020
North Dakota State University
406 1st Ave SW
Hankinson, ND 58041
Libson Middle School
Hope-Page High School
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