Special Awards

What’s New

Due to the effects of COVID-19. SEFH has decided to host a virtual fair for 2021.

General Information

Each year more than 50 professional organizations, representing government, industry and education across a wide variety of scientific disciplines, affiliate with SEFH as Special Award Sponsors to provide awards from their respective organizations to the nearly 1000 students attending SEFH.

Special Award Agency (SAA) recruits their own judges to choose the winners of their awards. Please note that a judge cannot serve as both a special award judge and a grand award judge.

We recommend that each Special Award Organization provide a minimum of 3 judges, although the number of judges per organization varies with the scope of the awards to be given and the number of Finalists to be interviewed. Coordinators of Special Awards should keep in mind that judging at SEFH takes place over a relatively short period and a sufficient number of judges will make selecting winners a less arduous task.

Special Award Judges receive criteria and coordination instruction through the organization they are representing and its designated judging team leader. This team leader is responsible for establishing the final assignments of their judges.

New for 2021

Because the fair will be entirely online, judges will be able to participate from anywhere with an internet connection.

Judges will need access to a desktop or laptop computer, because the website we will use to display projects and collect scores is generally not compatible with smart phones or tablets.

SEFH will provided detailed instructions and training opportunities for our online judging process during January and early February.

Thank you for your patience as we transition to a virtual platform. We hope you will join us for SEFH 2021!

SAA Judging Procedure For 2021

We are pleased to announce that Special Awarding Agency registration is open. Only the “Lead Judge” or “Organization Coordinator” needs to register the organization. Register your organization here.

Once an organization is registered, please begin registering your judges here.


SAA online judging for SEFH 2021:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SEFH has transitioned to a virtual science fair. 

For this year, students will have prepared and uploaded project materials, including a video presentation, to our judging platform (RocketJudge.com). Judges will be email a specific link to access the judging platform to review assigned projects asynchronously as determined by the SAA’s Lead Judge.


Steps to successfully judge projects for the virtual Science Fair are listed below:

All SAAs are encouraged to conduct a preliminary review of student abstracts through the SEFH portal. Each SAA will have access to all project materials for both Senior and Junior divisions, it is encouraged that each SAA filter through and review abstracts to create a list of projects that they would like to further review prior to accessing the judging platform (RocketJudge.com). SAAs may choose to use this sample spreadsheet (Abstract Review List) to assist in narrowing their list of projects for further review.

Links to the abstract database will be emailed to all organization Lead Judges on February 13, 2021.


STEP 2: Asynchronous review of projects on the Online Judging Platform – beginning February 13, 2021


STEP 3: Certification of Awards – Due February 27, 2021

Upon completion of judging. SAAs will need to report and certify any award winners. SAAs are required to complete the reporting form online. The link to the reporting form will be accessible at a later date.

Signup for SA Judging

Due to the effects of COVID-19. SEFH has decided to host a virtual fair for 2021. 

Registration Process

STEP 1: Agency Registration

STEP 2: Judge Registration

What’s New

Due to the effects of COVID-19. SEFH has decided to host a virtual fair for 2021. 



Directions and Parking

Due to the effects of COVID-19, SEFH 2021 will not be held at GRB. SEFH has decided to host a virtual fair. 

Please check Information here.

Special Awarding Agencies

SAA List 2021:

  1. Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Gulf Coast Houston Chapter
  2. Society of Petroleum Engineers-Gulf Coast Section
  3. American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  4. CenterPoint Energy
  5. Alumni Club of MIT
  6. Society of Women Engineers – Houston Chapter
  7. WEAT and TAWWA: Water Environment Association of Texas and Texas American Water Work Association
  8. Gulf Coast Safety & Training Group
  9. TexITE Houston Section
  10. Jacobs
  11. Houston Geological Society
  12. The DiIorio Foundation
  13. American Industrial Hygiene Association
  14. International Society of Automation – Houston Section
  15. Harris County Medical Society and Houston Academy of Medicine
  16. Sigma Xi, the international honor society for researchers in STEM
  17. Houston Baptist University
  18. South Texas Section of American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  19. Houston Astronomical Society
  20. iYar Fine Arts
  21. Geophysical Society of Houston
  22. American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects
  23. Houston Intellectual Property Law Association Science Fair Committee c/o Sarah Bittner
  24. Houston Illini Club (Univ of Illinois Alumni Club of Houston)
  25. Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – Peggy Levy Creative Excellence Award
  26. UH STEM Center
  27. Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – The Lab Notebook Award
  28. Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – Poster Design Contest
  29. Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – Writing Contest
  30. Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – Science and Art Award
  31. University of Houston College of Medicine
  32. University of Houston, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  33. Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – The Science and Sport Award
  34. Space Center Houston
  35. ECH-Engineering, Science, and Technology Council of Houston
  36. Consumer Energy Education Foundation
  37. Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – The Legacy Award
  38. Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – The Girls Cyber Award
  39. Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – The Science Fair Scholars Club Award
  40. The Krishen Foundation for Arts and Sciences


SAA List 2019-2020:

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