The 2020 MSEF Region V Lower Fair will be held at the Humphrey Coliseum at Mississippi State University on April 7, 2020.

To participate in the Lower Fair, schools must register. Then students must complete necessary paperwork outlined in the following steps.

Step 1:  

School Registration (due November 1, 2019)     Extended to November 22, 2019

Participants must register with appropriate paperwork (see student registration below). Schools may send three students from each academic grade for each of the categories (ie. 3 students from 2nd grade in Botany, etc.). This results in a maximum total of 39 students from each grade. If schools do not have enough students interested to host a science fair at their school they can assist students in registering to compete at the regional fair without competing in a school fair. Students will present their work to the judges. Awards will be given for places 1st-6th for each grade in each category. A Best of Fair award will be awarded for each grade level.

Early School Registration deadline is October 4, 2019. Key teachers for schools that register before this date will receive a prize.

Lower Fair categories are: *Categories have changed*

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Mathematics and System Software
  • Robotics and Intelligent Machines
  • Plant Sciences

For a complete description of the categories click here: Category Descriptions

Step 2:

Determine if the project requires additional forms as these forms must be completed prior to experimentation.

  • Minimum Requirements Include a Registration Form and an Abstract (Projects that DO NOT involve human, animals, biohazards, etc.).
  • Additional forms are required due to the nature of the project.  Please visit the Forms Wizard to determine if additional forms are needed (humans, biohazards, microorganisms (excluding yeast), harmful or hazardous activities, etc.) FORM & RULES WIZARD.  or copy and paste https://apps2.societyforscience.org/wizard/index.asp into the url box.
  • ISEF Forms Link if needed:   ISEF forms
  • Remember that all paperwork with the exception of the abstract and student registration must be filled out prior to any experimentation.
  • Failure to submit proper paperwork will result in disqualification.

Step 3: 

Student Registration and Abstract (due March 6, 2020)

The student registration form and abstract form is now combined into one form.

Minimum Requirements Include a Registration Form and an Abstract (Projects that DO NOT involve human, animals, biohazards, etc.).

REGISTRATION

  • 2020 Lower Fair Student Registration Form or online form
  • Only Kindergarten students are allowed to participate as a team in the Lower Fair. Each student must fill out a registration form and pay the fee. One copy of abstract/additional forms for each team will suffice.
  • The registration fee of $30 per student will include a swag bag, table and chair for set up.
    • Schools may pay by school check. Send the check to Bagley College of Engineering ATTENTION Shana Lee mail stop 9544 Mississippi State University, MS 39762.
  • Late RegistrationAn additional fee of $5 per student will be charged for late entries.
    • A Lower Fair entry is considered late when it is received later than March 6, 2020.
    • Late entries are limited and are at the discretion of the Fair Director/Staff.
  • Projects that DO NOT involve human, animals, biohazards, etc. may be submitted by online registration or fax, email (scan), or mail to the Region V MSEF Coordinator.
  • Projects that DO involve human, animals, biohazards, etc. MUST be submitted by fax, email (scan), or mail to the Region V MSEF Coordinator.

ABSTRACT

All project registrations must include an abstract that is completed after all experimentation. This form is combined with the student registration form. This should not exceed 250 words summarizing the project (not a research plan).  Directions for writing an abstract can be found here and on the Resources page.

Step 4:

Make the board for presentation.

Only tri-fold boards are allowed at the lower fair.

  • Tri-fold boards that fit in a 3 foot wide space on a table. Traditional dimensions 36″ x 48″ open and 36″ x 24″ closed (suggestion).
  • You will not be disqualified for board size but you must fit within a 3 foot wide area. Although the traditional size is 48″ when open that is meaning open flat. When displaying the board, the flaps are angled causing no issues with fitting within a 3 foot wide area.