For Nominees

The application for the 2024 Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge is now OPEN! Nominees are chosen among the top 10% of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade competitors at a Society-affiliated science and engineering fair in the United States.

The online application asks questions about your science or engineering fair project and your understanding of science and engineering in everyday life. Students must complete and submit their online application and parental/guardian permission form by the June 12, 2024 deadline to officially enter the national competition.

All nominees who submit an application will receive a T-shirt and other prizes. Entrants join the Society alumni network and are officially Thermo Fisher JIC alumni!

Entries are judged during the summer and 300 top projects will be announced on September 4, 2024. From these Top 300 students, 30 finalists and one parent/guardian will win an all-expense-paid trip to the national finals week in Washington, DC to showcase their projects, compete in teams and visit sites that celebrate innovation through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The 2024 Application is Closed

Access the 2024 Application

The Finalist Experience

Check out the highlights video to hear from the 2023 finalists about their experience!

Key Dates for Thermo Fisher JIC 2024

Application Open

February 1, 2024 – June 12, 2024 at 11:59PM ET

Top 300 Junior Innovators Announced

September 4, 2024

Top 30 Finalists Announced

September 18, 2024

Finals Week

October 2024 (exact dates TBD)

Science and Engineering Project Showcase

October 2024 (exact date TBD)