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​Syamantak Payra  2016 SEFH Participant Wins Intel ISEF Young Scientist Award


Karan Jerath, 2015 SEFH Participant Wins Intel ISEF Young Scientist Award


 2016 Science Engineering Fair of Houston - Science FairAwards Ceremony

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 2015 Science Engineering Fair of Houston

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 2014 Science Engineering Fair of Houston

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2014 Science Engineering Fair of Houston Seminar (1 of 2)

August 7, 2014
Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

2014 Science Engineering Fair of Houston Seminar (2 of 2)

August 7, 2014
Houston Museum of Natural Sciences


CONGRATULATIONS!!  Broadcom MASTERS Names 8 Semifinalists from SEFH for 2016

News Highlights: PRESS RELEASE

  • Top 300 semifinalists selected to compete in sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students 
  • Semifinalists represent 37 states, including 54 semifinalists from California; 41 from Florida; 28 from Texas; 17 from New York; and 16 from Pennsylvania 
  • 30 finalists to be named September 20 and competition scheduled for October 27-November 2; top place winner receives the Samueli Prize of $25,000 
  • More women than men among top 300 competing in Broadcom MASTERS 

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public today announced the selection of the top 300 students as semifinalists in the sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. 

Balasubramanian, Theiija Grade: 8
Affiliate Fair ID: USTX05
Doerre Intermediate, Klein, TX
Project Title: Bananas for Pseudomonas!

Lee, Jaimie Grade: 8
Affiliate Fair ID: USTX05
McCullough Junior High School, The Woodlands, TX
Project Title: Oh, Resonance, You're On

Mader, Annamarie Grade: 8
Affiliate Fair ID: USTX05
Bear Branch Junior High School, Magnolia, TX
Project Title: Bring in the Reinforcements

Parsan, Nithin Grade: 8
Affiliate Fair ID: USTX05
Fort Settlement Middle School, Sugar Land, TX
Project Title: Applying Kirigami Design to Create NextGen Sun Tracking Solar Panels

Patel, Prince Grade: 8
Affiliate Fair ID: USTX05
Quail Valley Middle School, Missouri City, TX
Project Title: Plant Supplements

Selva, Kumaran Grade: 8
Affiliate Fair ID: USTX05
Westbrook Intermediate School, Friendswood, TX
Project Title: Increasing Efficiency of GaAs Solar Cells with Light Concentration

Davidson, Maggie Grade: 8
Affiliate Fair ID: USTX05*
League City Intermediate, League City, TX
Project Title: Fat Increases Bioavailability of Antioxidants?

Perry, Tanner Grade: 8
Affiliate Fair ID: USTX05*
Knox Junior High, Spring, TX
Project Title: Five Star Filters, Testing Their Effectiveness at Removing Bacteria from the Air in Your Home

Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars), the premier middle school science and engineering fair competition, has named two semifinalists who received awards in the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH): Rehman Memon and Jennifer Lin. Click here to read the full article!

2017 SEFH Winners

Below is a summary of the history of the Science Engineering Fair of Houston.

1949 Science Service Inc. in Washington, D.C. began a movement to encourage countries and states to promote engineering, mathematics, and science at the pre-college level via organized science and engineering fairs.
1960 The first Science Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) was held in the Sam Houston Coliseum, sponsored by The Houston Post and the Engineers Council of Houston (now known as the Engineering, Science & Technology Council of Houston). It was held as a regional fair and open to private and public school students in grades 9-12 throughout most of Southeast Texas. There were about 500 students in this first event. SEFH joined the International Science and Engineering organization sponsored by Science Service and thus agreed to follow a comprehensive set of rules related to student research. It also agreed to send it’s Grand Award winners to compete in the annual international fair.
1961–1982 The Fair continued to grow and eventually moved to the Astrohall Exhibition Center in 1974. In 1980 SEFH was recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.
1983 SEFH hosted the 34th International Science & Engineering Fair.
1984 SEFH was officially recognized by the State as a not-for-profit organization and accepted its Articles of Incorporation. A formal organizational structure was established with a Board of Directors, Officers, and an appointed Executive Director.
1986 The Fair changed its official structure and formed two fairs: Science Engineering Fair of Houston – Life Sciences Science Engineering Fair of Houston – Engineering/Physical Sciences Each fair had six entry categories. A Junior Division was created for grades 7&8; a Ninth Grade Division; and a Senior Division for grades 10-12. The fair moved to the Astroarena Exhibition Center and was recognized as an official Texas Sesquicentennial Event.
1987 SEFH established a Poster Design Contest and a Science Writing Contest.
1992 The Houston Museum of Natural Science and the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) were added as co- sponsors of SEFH. The American Petroleum Institute awarded scholarships to the Grand Award Winners in the Junior and Ninth Grade Divisions. Teacher of the Year Awards were presented to one teacher in each of the three divisions.
1994 Team project competition was added to the Junior Division.
1999 Fortieth Anniversary!! Most of the administrative work associated with the fair is now handled by UHD. About 85% of the operating costs are paid for via an annual fund solicitation drive, conducted without any paid professional assistance. Twelve "working" committees and many continuing volunteers and dedicated teachers help to make SEFH a successful event.
2001 Team project competition was added to the Ninth Grade Division.
2004 Fair moves to the George R. Brown Convention Center.
2008 Team project competition was added to the Senior Division and a new project category, Energy & Transportation added to all three individual project category divisions. The 49th SEFH was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Norman Hackerman, longtime SEFH board member and internationally known scientist.
2009 Fiftieth Anniversary!!! Greater Houston Partnership Energy Collaborative joins as a co-sponsor of SEFH. Changed name of writing contest to Science & Engineering Writing Contest. Service region expands to include Harris County and 23 surrounding counties (most of Southeast Texas).
2010 Consumer Energy Alliance becomes a co-sponsor of SEFH. 1441 students from 145 schools participate.
2013 The University of Houston, Main Campus now sponsors the Fair.
Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Executive Director of the UH STEM Center and Executive Director of SEFH as well Dr. Heather Domjan, SEFH Associate Director presides as the new SEFH administration.
2015 The Fair moves to the University of Houston Athletic/Alumni Center, Main Campus.
Engineering Category has been divided into four categories: Aerospace, Chemical, Electrical & Mechanical, Materials & Bioengineering.
2018 Teams Division combined with the other divisions. and will compete with individual project entries in each category.