Upper Fair (Grades 6-12)

February 18, 2020
Humphrey Coliseum
Mississippi State University

Upper Fair Agenda

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

Step 1:

School Registration
(due November 1, 2019)

Participants must have already placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their category and class within their school or district level competition. 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. The Upper Fair is divided into 4 competition classes: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, and Grade 9-12.

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

Only teams of two student members are allowed beginning in 2020.

ALL schools must have an SRC; IRBs are for those schools who allow student projects using vertebrates, potentially hazardous materials - including molds, and human subjects. IRB and SRC teams must be correctly listed. For information on the roles of these committees please refer to the operational guidelines for SRC and IRB .

Upper 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 Systems Software
  • Robotics and Intelligent Mechanics
  • Plant Sciences

Category Descriptions

Step 2:

Project Paperwork
Prior to Experimentation

Only teams of 2 are allowed.

All projects for grades 6-12 require:

  1. A student registration form
  2. An abstract form
  3. Form 1
  4. Form 1A
  5. Form 1B (signature in Box 2a required for all)
  6. A research plan or summary

Additional forms could be 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.).
  • ISEF Forms link if needed: ISEF Forms
  • Remember that all paper work with the exception of the abstract and regional registration must be filled out prior to any experimentation!

Step 3:

Student Registration
(due January 17, 2020) Extended to January 29, 2020

Requirements include a Registration Form, an Abstract, and all additional prior experimentation paperwork.


  • The registration fee of $30 per student will include a swag bag, chair and table 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 Registration: An additional fee of $5 per student will be charged for late entries.
    • An Upper Fair entry is considered late when it is received later than January 29, 2020.
    • Late entries are limited and at the discretion of the Fair Director.

Abstract Form

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).

All additional prior experimentation paperwork

  • In addition to the student registration form and the abstract form, all projects must have Forms 1, 1A, 1B, and a research plan.
  • This must be faxed, emailed, or mailed by the due date of January 17, 2020.
  • Addition Forms may be required due to the nature of the project.

Step 4:

Make the board for presentation.

Board: Tri-fold boards (suggested)

  • 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 in causing no issues with fitting within a 3 foot wide area.

Poster: There are limitations!

  • In this sense a poster is considered a flat board that is made using software and printed by professionals.
  • If you are making a poster for the presentation keep the following in mind
    • Region V MSEF DOES NOT provide easels for your poster. The student is responsible for providing their own easel.
    • Region V nor teachers are responsible for paying for your poster to be printed. This can be expensive.
    • If you plan to design and print a poster for yourself please email the director to let them know. Effort to accommodate for a convenient space will be made but not guaranteed.

Other Information

  • Awards will be given to the top three projects in each class for each category. These individuals and the Best of Fair/ISEF finalists (best overall) for grades 7-12 will move on to the MSEF State level competition.
  • Additionally, special awards will be given for outstanding projects in many of the categories.
  • Only grades 7-12 are eligible to progress to the State Level competition.
  • Grades 9-12 Best of Fair winners (finalists) will represent the Region V MSEF at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Anaheim, CA May 10-15, 2020. All expenses for Region V ISEF State Finalists and Alternates will be covered by donors to the Region V MSEF program for travel to the International Science and Engineering Fair only. Attending teachers and parents must cover their own expense AND book all travel arrangements through the fair director.