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20th Annual Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair  

Save the Date!  

Join us Saturday, March 26, 2022  for the 20th Annual Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair! Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the fair will be in a virtual format. Please check back periodically for updates.  The safety of our participants is always of utmost concern to us.


2021 KY-SEF Award Winners

Award Ceremony for the 19th Annual Fair was held Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 4:00pm.  Thanks to EKU E-Presence for allowing us to live stream on their channel.

Welcome video from President of Eastern Kentucky University, Dr. David McFaddin

Welcome video from Jacqueline Coleman, Lt. Governor of Kentucky

Please note all times on schedules are EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).

The in-person fair at Alumni Coliseum at Eastern Kentucky University was temporarily replaced with a virtual format to adhere to a number of public health recommendations as well honoring EKU’s COVID guidelines. By holding our fair in this format, our nearly 300 annual participants continued to be able to compete for many category and special awards while also having the opportunity to compete in national competitions such as the BROADCOM Masters for middle school students and the 2021 Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair for high school students.

All student participants in the virtual fair will receive an event t-shirt. Award winners will receive certificates, ribbons, plaques, and/or cash awards (KY-SEF check payable to winner). If your school is open, these items will be mailed to your school.  Otherwise, they will be sent USPS to the address provided by you in STEM Wizard.  If you provide your school address and your school is closed due to the pandemic, you may not receive your package. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s  awards and prizes.

We are grateful to our partners at Kentucky-based STEM Wizard for working collaboratively with us to support the ambitions of our participants.

If you have questions regarding your registration status, email:

See the photo gallery of 2019 KY-SEF

Check out the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair where Team Kentucky competed May 12-18, 2019, earning 16 Category and Special awards and 1 Grand Award! In late 2019 it was announced that Regeneron became the new title sponsor of ISEF.  Regeneron ISEF 2020 was canceled due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19. Visit here for Regeneron ISEF 2021 information.


KY-SEF’s mission is to expand educational opportunities for all middle and high school students, and to enhance the visibility and importance of science and engineering in Kentucky by providing an annual statewide competition that supports, encourages, and recognizes student excellence in science and engineering research.

KY-SEF is affiliated with and its top winners attend the Regeneron® International Science and Engineering Fair® (Regeneron ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, which annually provides a forum for more than 1,600 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards.