The NYCSEF 2020 Finals Round is currently postponed until further notice.

We are continuing to monitor developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health and well-being of everyone is our top priority.

We are evaluating all of our options and will be meeting to discuss next steps in regards to the Finals Round. We appreciate all of the hard work that the student finalists, teachers, mentors, and others have accomplished this year.  Please understand that your research journey has not ended. Students’ scores are still valid and we are currently processing them. We will share outcomes from the Preliminary Round as soon as they become available.

Thank you for your participation in the 2020 NYCSEF Preliminary Round.

Congratulations to the 135 NYCSEF Finalists!

On Sunday, March 8, 530 students and 363 projects from 35 high schools presented their research to over 160 judges. Advancing to the Finals Round are 135 students and 103 projects from 27 high schools advancing to the NYCSEF Finals Round.

The date for the Finals Round is still to be determined. We will be posting this information to the NYCSEF website and notifying the students via email as soon as we have more updates.

Regeneron ISEF Updates

Unfortunately, the international section of the NYCSEF program is canceled. The Society for Science and the Public canceled the 2020 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) competition. Although the international portion is not moving forward, we are eagerly looking forward to holding the Finals Round at the American Museum of Natural History.

The NYC Science & Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) is the largest high school research competition in NYC and is sponsored through a partnership between the NYC Department of Education and CUNY. NYCSEF’s mission is to celebrate and highlight the innovation of New York City’s high school scholars conducting STEM research, while inspiring enthusiasm and appreciation for scientific inquiry. Each year, approximately 700 students participate from across the five boroughs, presenting their research to a panel of STEM professionals who volunteer as judges, and compete for a variety of prizes.

Science fairs are gateways to a life-long fascination with science and with learning. Ask any scientist, engineer, or doctor about their science fair project and they invariably wax nostalgic and then explain how that event changed the course of their lives – regardless of whether it was a winning or losing endeavor. Science fairs put into practice the very skills that form successful academic and professional careers. It’s so much more than just a showcase of science experiments.

NYCSEF is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the regional fair for NYC. Winners of the NYCSEF competition advance to represent Team NYC at the ISEF and compete for more than $5,000,000 in awards and scholarships.

Congratulations to ISEF TEAM NYC 2019! As a team NYC, placed 1st, 3rd and 4th in their respective categories and brought home $27,000 in awards. Visit TEAM NYC for more information.

Students interested in participating in future NYCSEF events are encouraged to review the NYCSEF Guidelines. Please email NYCSEF at, if you have any questions or call 718-254-7252.