Science Fair | Symposium

About Science Fair & Symposium

We are currently planning on hosting the 2022 Division 1 Montana Tech Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Grades 9-12) as a hybrid event (Live on campus with all Covid protocols followed or Virtual via our zfairs platform.

We regret to announce that we are officially cancelling the Division 2 Montana Tech Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Grades 5-8) for March of 2022.

Having recently completed a phone survey of the elementary and middle schools who have competed in the past to get a benchmark for this year’s interest in our broader region. We received mostly responses of no. Some feedback from schools is they would prefer support in the form of a robotics or STEM club at their schools. It may be that the pandemic has just changed the face of elementary and middle school outreach (not making assumptions on short or long term) but it is certainly a pattern worth noting that schools, especially individual teachers, don’t have the time or resources to do long-term independent research with students right now.

For this reason, we are making the difficult decision to focus our energies on the Division 1 Montana Tech Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Grades 9-12) and the Intermountain Junior Science & Humanities Symposium for 2022. We are still receiving interest in these higher-grade level research competitions.

We sincerely hope that we will be able to restart the Division 2 Montana Tech Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Grades 5-8) at a later date.

The Montana Tech Institute for Educational Opportunities is excited to host two great events that inspire and reward students for their investigations in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We will host the 30th annual Montana Tech Regional Science and Engineering Fair for middle and high school students, and the 6th Annual Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (IJSHS) for MT, ID, UT, CO, & NV, also again this year we will host the California Southern Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (CASJSHS) for students from Southern California. The Junior Science & Humanities Symposia is a regional research paper and symposium competition for high school students.

Top awards, scholarships, and other monetary prizes make our Science Fair the leader in the number of awards given in the state of Montana. In addition to great prizes, the regional, state, and international fairs enhance students’ resumes as they apply for colleges and future careers.

Montana Tech Regional Science & Engineering Fair

What:  The Montana Tech Science and Engineering Fair is a science competition for middle and high school students, which Montana Tech has hosted for 29 years.

When:  Division I: High School (9-12th grades) – Thursday, March 3, 2022

How: To compete in the Montana Tech Science and Engineering Fair, students will conduct independent research and register online to present their work to judges at the science fair. 

ISEF 2022: Regeneron ISEF 2022 will be held in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center from May 8-13, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be held as a hybrid event to accommodate finalists who are unable to travel to Atlanta, GA.

We are currently planning on hosting the 2022 IJSHS Event In-Person and the CASJSHS Event Virtually.
We will switch to a both to virtual event in order to keep our finalists, volunteers, judges and staff safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic if need be.

Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (IJSHS)

California Southern Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (CASJSHS)

What: The IJSHS & CASJSHS is a research paper and symposium competition for high school students conducting original scientific research. The IJSHS & CASJSHS also features events such as a keynote speaker, lab tours, a welcome and awards banquet for students and teachers.

When: Thursday & Friday, March 3-4, 2022.

How:  To compete in the IJSHS & CASJSHS, teachers or mentors must nominate students. Nominated students will submit their abstract and research paper for review, and the top 18 are invited to present their work to a panel of judges in a symposium format. Up to 42 additional students may participate in a competitive poster session. Teachers of selected students may also attend. Symposium attendees will participate in lab tours, a keynote speaker presentation, and welcome and awards banquet dinners. Teachers may also participate in discussions about engaging students in STEM. To learn more including deadlines, please visit the Student/Teacher page.

JSHS 2022: The 60th National JSHS will be held April 20-23, 2022, as an in person competition in Albuquerque, NM. The National JSHS brings together 245 high school students who qualify by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposium held at universities nationwide. Approximately 130 high school teachers, mentors, university faculty, military personnel, and others also attend and join in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences.