Category Awards

For Junior & Senior divisions, cash awards and trophies are awarded for each 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place projects in each of the competition categories.

For Elementary division, we award medals to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & Honorable Mention winning projects in each of the competition categories.

Special Awards

The following special awards will be awarded.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Utah Section

Certificates and cash (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $50, and Outstanding Elementary - $25) will be awarded to the projects of greatest interest and value in aviation, space science, engineering. Honorable Mention certificates will also be given.

American Meteorological Society

A certificate will be awarded to the best project in the senior division dealing with atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Certificates and cash (1st place - $50, Honorable Mention - $25) will be awarded to student projects that demonstrate significant knowledge, research, and application of the challenges faced by civil engineering.

Association for Women Geoscientists

Certificates, cash ($30-$100), and a science-related gift will be awarded to female students whose projects examplify high standards of innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences.

Elphel Inc.

Awarded to the project with the best innovative use of modern day technologies in relation to physics and/or engineering.

Great Basin Chapter of Air and Waste Management Association

Awarded to a promising student who is working on environmental engineering, science, and/or management.

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Award will be given to a project that involves innovation in health care.

The Leonardo

Certificates and family memberships to the Leonardo will be awarded to the projects that best combine science, technology, and art.


Given to the project that exemplifies the use of earth and planetary systems or astronomy in their project.

Neuroscience Initiative

Awarded for excellence in neuroscience research aligned with the vision of the Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Utah: a better understanding of the brain in disease and health. Projects may include work on cells and circuits, neurobiology of disease, brain & behavior, and more.

Salt Lake Public Utilities

A special award will be given to the project that best involves water treatment or the treatment and re-use of waste water.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

A certificate will be awarded to the best projects relating to or dealing with water treatment, management, protection or quality. Opportunity to advance tot the National Water Environment Federation Competition.

U.S. Metric Association

A certificate will be awarded to the project that involves quantitative measures and which best uses the SI metric system for those measures.

Utah Dept. of Transportation

A book and certificate will be awarded to the projects that best demonstrate innovation in transportation.


Awarded to the project that best demonstrates creativity in utilizing the Internet for either research or as a presentation element. The award recipient will use technology as a theme in their presentation.

2018 Schedule

This year, the fair will be held March 20-22, 2018. You can download a tentative schedule by clicking the link below.

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