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Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair

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Scientific Research Paper Competition for Grades 5 through 12

Sponsored by the New Mexico Academy of Science
Deadline for all submissions: To be announced

The Junior Academy of Science promotes student research and participation in science fairs with a scientific paper competition.  This competition provides students with unique opportunities to learn a crucial part of scientific work: communicating their work to others.  The competitions are held in conjunction with Regional and State Science and Engineering Fairs. Winners in regional competition qualify for the state competition.  Monetary prizes are awarded at regional and state levels. Top-ranking Senior Division students qualify to travel as New Mexico state delegates to the national meeting of the American Junior Academy of Science.  Information at

For questions about the paper competition, contact
Maureen Romine, Scientific Research Paper Competition, Northeastern Regional Director
Phone: (505) 454-3264

2021 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Since 1958, New Mexico Highlands University has been the host of the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair. It is the honor of the Achieving in Research Math and Science (ARMAS) center to continue this tradition for 2021, as we remain dedicated to promoting STEM education in the region. We feel that inquiry-based learning creates opportunities for a unique set of learners to find their voices while carrying out projects that are fun and limited only by their imagination. This year, the planning committee will be challenged to find new and innovative ways to conduct a virtual fair. It is an opportunity for us to address issues of inequity that exist in the region and make the fair more inclusive to students who reside in rural communities.

Kelly M. Trujillo, Ph.D. (Fair/ARMAS Director and SRC Co-Chair)
Juergen Eckert, Ph.D. (Head Judge)
Ben Nelson, D.V.M. (SRC Co-Chair)

Important Dates

February 12th, 2021: Deadline for Scientific Review Committee (SRC) consideration
March 12th, 2021: Deadline for Fair Registration (late registrations will not be accepted in order to provide adequate time to schedule presentations)
March 27th, 2021: Virtual fair to be held at multiple regional headquarters (TBA)

How to Register
Registration Fee: Free in 2021
Registration includes T-shirt and Participation Award/Certificate

Required Forms
Individual Application Form
Team Application Form
Adult Sponsor Form (Form 1; mandatory)
Research Plan Form (Form 1A; mandatory)
Approval Form (Form 1B; mandatory)
Risk Assessment Form (Form 3; mandatory)

For projects utilizing any of the following, SRC Review Forms are mandatory:
Biohazards (Form 6A and Form 2)
Vertebrate animals (Form 5A and Form 2)
Tissue culture (Form 6B and Form 2)
Human Participants (Form 4, Consent Form, and Form 2)
If your project is a continuation of previous work (Form 7)
If you project will be conducted outside of home/school (Form 1C)

Awards (To be revealed in a live broadcast TBA):
Best in Show (Senior Category)- $500 per entry and invitation to participate in the 2021 ISEF virtual competition
Best in Show Runner-Up (Senior Category)- $500 per entry and invitation to participate in the 2021 ISEF virtual competition
Best in Show (Junior Category)- $500 per entry
Senior and Junior Awards (1st-3rd in each discipline); # of bids to compete in the NM State competition TBA
Honorable Mention Awards
Special Awards (TBA)

Judging and Volunteering:
Several judging headquarters will be established throughout the region. These will be partners/sponsors who have reliable internet connections and will minimize the distance students need to travel. (*Note: Participation in judging from other locations is discouraged. Connection difficulties may result in disqualification.)

Volunteers will be needed at each location to ensure smooth transitions and maintain social distancing precautions. A schedule for presentations will also minimize large group gatherings. Because a detailed schedule will need to be created and communicated effectively, late entries will not be accepted. Details will be updated on this website as information is gathered, including information on how to volunteer or be a judge.

Please direct all questions to:
Kelly M. Trujillo, Ph.D.
Director of Achieving in Research, Math, and Science (ARMAS)
New Mexico Highlands University
(505) 426-2290

Directions to the John A. Wilson Complex

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Directions to John A. Wilson Complex

Take exit 345 for NM-104/University Avenue toward 1-25 Bus Loop/NM-65
Turn left at NM-104/E University
Continue to follow E University
Turn right at 7th Street
Turn left at Friedman Avenue
Turn right at 9th Street (Destination will be on the left)