EPSEF - Eastern Panhandle
Science and Engineering Fair

EPSEF 2022 

Affiliated with:

Affiliated with Regeneron ISEF and Broadcom MASTERS
What's New?
EPSEF 2022 is being planned as a live event. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a virtual event is also being planned as an alternative IF the live event is not possible. 
In addition to the traditional project display board or poster, students will be required this year to submit a high resolution photo of the project board or a PDF of the poster.  Alternatively, students may submit a "Quad Chart" and a "Project Presentation" formatted similar to last year.
Judging will be accomplished in two stages.  First, Judges will evaluate uploaded project files before in the days before the fair.  Next, judges will interview students like in previous live fairs.  Finally, scores from both stages will be combined to determine the winners.
In the event of a virtual fair, students may submit brief video presentations for judges to view offline.
Feeder fairs will register students for EPSEF 2022.  Eligible students will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each category.  (See category list below.)  
Students affected by any feeder fair cancellation will be allowed to directly enter EPSEF 2022.  Only students who are eligible for direct entry will electronically submit applications and project files directly to EPSEF.
Fair Dates and Locations
Elementary and Middle School Divisions:
  • Date: Friday, February 18, 2022
  • Snow Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
  • Location: Ranson Civic Center
  • Application and Project Submission Deadline: TBD
High School Division:
  • Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
  • Snow Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
  • Location: TBD (Keyser, WV)
  • Application and Project Submission Deadline: TBD
Students in grades 3-12 who won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in their county science fair and who reside in the Eastern Panhandle counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, or attend the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
EPSEF adheres to the International Rules and Guidelines for Precollege Science Research. These rules are written primarily for high school students, but should be considered and adhered to as much as possible by our junior participants especially when they are working with humans, vertebrate animals, hazardous chemicals/devices, and/or potentially hazardous biological agents.
EPSEF is affiliated with WVSEF, the West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair.
EPSEF 2022 is affiliated with the Society for Science. 
As an affiliated fair, students who participate in EPSEF must observe the International Rules for Pre-college Science Research and the science fair rules established by the West Virginia Department of Education.
EPSEF Middle School Division is affiliated with the Broadcom MASTERS.
EPSEF High School Division is affiliated with Regeneron ISEF.
The first place category winners from EPSEF will be eligible to compete in WVSEF.
How To Enter
Submit all required items and any recomended or optional items by TBD  See EPSEF 2022 Project Items for more information.
  1. Eligible students will submit the electronic EPSEF 2022 Application Form and Abstract online.
  2. Students are to work with their science teachers to complete the required ISEF paperwork. (Your science teacher will scan and email the completed forms to apply@epsef.org.)
  3. The Project PresentationQuad Chart, and any recommended/optional items listed below should be emailed to apply@epsef.org.
RECOMMENDED Items (only if in-person fair is cancelled):
  5. Project Video (2-minute maximum)
OPTIONAL Items (only if in-person fair is cancelled):
EPSEF 2022 will use the same 21 categories as ISEF 2022:
  1. Animal Sciences
  2. Behavioral and Social Sciences
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Biomedical and Health Sciences
  5. Biomedical Engineering
  6. Cellular & Molecular Biology
  7. Chemistry
  8. Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  9. Earth & Environmental Sciences
  10. Embedded Systems
  11. Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design
  12. Engineering Mechanics
  13. Environmental Engineering
  14. Materials Science
  15. Mathematics
  16. Microbiology
  17. Physics and Astronomy
  18. Plant Sciences
  19. Robotics & Intelligent Machines
  20. Systems Software
  21. Translational Medical Science
Category Awards - EPSEF recognizes the top three projects in each category with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards. 
Elementary and Middle School Division Awards - TBD  (Award sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact us for more information.)
High School Division Special Awards - As Society affiliated fair, EPSEF may recognize the best qualifying projects with the following special awards (subject to change):
  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • ASM Materials Education Foundation
  • Association for Women Geoscientists
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • NASA Earth System Science Award
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Office of Naval Research - U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps
  • Ricoh USA, Inc.
  • Society for In Vitro Biology
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Metric Association
  • U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize
  • Yale Science and Engineering Association
High School Division Grand Awards - The First Runner Up and the "Best of Show" are recognized with advancement to Regeneron ISEF 2022. 
Additional Info
EPSEF coordinates and co-plans with WVSEF and ISEF.  As such, information is subject to change.
Your Adult Sponsor must be your science teacher (or another teacher if your science teacher is not available), even if you are learning from home.  
Shane Price, Middle School Fair Director
Tel: 304-270-7769
Pat Mason, High School Fair Director
Tel: 304-788-6206 or 540-336-0072
-- Updated Oct 21, 2021 SP