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Society for Science launches fund to support science fairs around the world

Regeneron ISEF 2022 will be held May 8-13 in Atlanta, GA.
The Equitable Access Fund assists Affiliated Science Fairs, which help students earn a spot at Regeneron ISEF. Society for Science

The Society for Science is proud to announce the Equitable Access Fund for Affiliated Science Fairs, which distributed $211,500 to local and regional science fairs in the United States and internationally in 2022. “Through this fund, the Society is able to help science fairs around the world adjust to the changing needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science and Publisher of Science News. “I am pleased that the Society is able to help these fairs navigate this challenging time, given the critical role they play in supporting young innovators.”

Grants provided by the Equitable Access Fund for Affiliated Science Fairs were used to develop online application systems, implement equitable online judging, conduct socially distanced in-person fairs and increase outreach to engage more students in STEM research. In the face of increasing global concerns with regards to health, safety and financial hardship, the grants assisted fairs as they addressed new and unique operational challenges.

Grantees were selected from members of the Society’s Affiliated Fair Network, which includes approximately 400 science fairs from around the world. Students who do well in these fairs earn the right to compete in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international science competition for high school students.

The initiative, which was funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, allocated $161,500 to 33 fairs in the United States, and the remaining $50,000 to 10 international fairs. Here is the complete list of grantees:

INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FAIRS

Armenia Science Fair (Yerevan, Armenia), $5,000

International Fair of South America – MOSTRATEC (Novo Hamburgo, Brazil), $5,000

Youth Science Canada – Team Canada (Virtual, Canada), $5,000

Finland National Science & Engineering Fair (Helsinki, Finland), $5,000

IRIS (Initiative for Research and Innovation in STEM) (New Delhi, India), $5,000

National Science and Engineering Fair Pakistan (Islamabad, Pakistan), $2,500

E(x)plory Science Fair (Gdynia, Poland), $6,000

Exporecerca Jove (Barcelona, Spain), $8,000

Utstallningen Unga Forskare (Stockholm, Sweden), $3,500

Zimbabwe National Science Fair (Harare, Zimbabwe) $5,000

US-BASED SCIENCE FAIRS

Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Birmingham, Alabama), $5,000

Central Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Little Rock, Arkansas), $5,000

Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair (Santa Cruz, California), $5,000

San Juan Basin Regional Science Fair (Durango, Colorado), $5,000

Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair (Colorado Springs, Colorado) $2,500

Longs Peak Science and Engineering Fair (Greeley, Colorado) $5,000

Denver Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Denver, Colorado) $6,000

Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (Hamden, Connecticut) $8,000

Cobb/Paulding Regional Science Fair (Marietta, Georgia) $3,500

Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair (Honolulu, Hawaii) $7,500

Eastern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair (Pocatello, Idaho) $5,000

State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa (Ames, Iowa) $10,000

Bossier Parish Community College Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair (Bossier City, Louisiana) $3,000

Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (New Orleans, Louisiana) $7,000

Maine State Middle School Science and Engineering Fair (Augusta, Maine) $10,000

Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (Cambridge, Massachusetts) $5,000

Rochester Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Rochester, Minnesota) $4,100

Mississippi Region V Science and Engineering Fair (Starkville, Mississippi) $4,000

Missouri Southern Regional Science Fair (Joplin, Missouri) $2,000

Montana Region II Science and Engineering Fair (Great Falls, Montana) $1,300

Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Las Vegas, New Mexico) $7,000

North Carolina State Science Fair (Raleigh, North Carolina) $7,000

Northeast North Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Grand Forks, North Dakota) $5,000

Northern Mariana Islands Science & Engineering Fair (Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands), $4,000

Muskogee Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Muskogee, Oklahoma) $5,200

Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair (Stillwater, Oklahoma) $5,000

Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) $5,500

Delaware Valley Science Fairs (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) $2,500

Rio Grande Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Brownsville, Texas) $5,000

Science Engineering Fair of Houston (Houston, Texas) $5,000

Central Texas Science and Engineering Fair (Waco, Texas) $900

South Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Tacoma, Washington) $2,500

West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Regional High School Science Fair (Romney and Ranson, West Virginia) $3,000