Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair

2024 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair

March 2, 2024

New Mexico Highlands University
Student Center

Note: The 2024 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be open to public viewing from 1-3 p.m, Saturday, March 2.

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 in 2024, 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 imagination and ingenuity.

Dr. Jenn Aldred (Fair Director)
Mariano Ulibarri, MA (Technical Advisor)
Dr. Kelly Trujillo (Master Judge – Senior Division)
Leon Bustos, MA (Master Judge – Junior Division) 

Important dates

January 26, 2024 – Deadline for Scientific Review Committee (SRC) paperwork (for projects that require special safety and other review considerations).

February 26, 2024 – Deadline for Fair registration (late registrations will not be accepted; however, if indicated on the application form, payment of fees may be deferred until date of event. Checks only).

March 2, 2024 – Date of Fair at NMHU; Las Vegas, NM (schedule TBA; we reserve the right to change this to a virtual event should an in-person event be determined to present significant health risk to participants, staff, or volunteers).

How to register

Registration will be opening soon. Check out NENM.tech for more information.

Registration fee: $25.00 per student (non-refundable; includes participation T-shirt and award/certificate).

The registration fees will be waived for the first 80 students for whom the fee represents a barrier to participation (please indicate request on application form).

Required ISEF forms (All Projects)

ISEF Forms

Forms 1 – 3 are mandatory for all projects.

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)

Best in Show #1 (Senior Category) – Plaque and automatic bid to the 2024 ISEF competition (we will send a virtual delegation)
Best in Show #2 (Senior Category) – Plaque and automatic bid to the 2024 ISEF competition (we will send a virtual delegation)
Best in Show #3 (Junior Category) – Plaque
Senior and Junior Category Awards – Number of bids to compete in the NM State competition TBA
Honorable Mention Recognition
Special Awards (TBA)

Judging and volunteering:
We require the assistance of many individuals with a wide variety of expertise to judge this competition. For further information contact Fair Director Dr. Jenn Aldred or visit https://nm-nnrsef.zfairs.com/

Exhibitor liability and publicity release policy

Every effort will be made by the Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair (NENMSEF) to protect your intellectual and personal property. However, since the Science Fair Exhibition will be open to the public, the Science Fairs cannot and will not accept any liability or responsibility of any nature for any theft of, or damage to, any exhibit or any other property of any Exhibitor. Accordingly, it is recommended that each exhibitor take strict precautions to prevent any such occurrences.

The NENMSEF is a prestigious event, and your presence is newsworthy. The organizations or business sponsoring the fair (including NMHU) may wish to publicize their involvement in such an important science competition by using photographs or information about you. Your cooperation may make it possible for other promising young students to get involved in science.

By applying to the NENMSEF, I am authorizing the NENMSEF and its affiliates to use appropriate information about me (or my child) for publicity purposes. This includes any photographs, videos, or likeness(es) that may be used by the host’s publicity committee, or the sponsors of awards for the purposes of illustrations, advertising or publication in any manner. I also am implying consent to the use of my (or my child’s) name in connection therewith.

Please direct all inquiries to the Fair Director

Dr. Jenn Aldred
Phone: (505) 426-2290
E-mail: jaldred@nmhu.edu

Directions to the NMHU Student Center

Directions to Student Center

Take exit 345 for NM-104/University Avenue toward 1-25 Bus Loop/NM-65
Head west on NM-104 W
Continue straight onto University Ave
Turn right onto 7th St
Turn left at the first cross street onto National Ave

Destination will be on the right