EPSEF - Eastern Panhandle Science and Engineering Fair





Since 1974, the Eastern Panhandle Science and Engineering Fair, also known as EPSEF, has been serving students from the West Virginia counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, and the WV Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.  Averaging more than 400 participants each year, EPSEF is the largest, longest-running science fair in the state of West Virginia. 


EPSEF’s mission is to bring together students, educators, and community members for an annual science and engineering fair that recognizes and rewards students from West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle for their academic efforts in a fun, memorable, educational experience for all attendees.


EPSEF is affiliated with WVSEF, hosted by West Virginia Department of Education
EPSEF is affiliated with the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge and the Regeneron ISEF, hosted by the Society for Science.

EPSEF Directors

Gary Kalbaugh

Retired educator, Gary Kalbaugh brought the regional science fair to the Eastern Panhandle in 1974. 

Pat Mason

Former Mineral County Assistant Superintendent, Robert “Pat” Mason has been with the fair since 1977.
Joyce Hobbs
Former science teacher and science curriculum supervisor from Berkeley County Schools, Joyce Hobbs brings more than 40 years' experience to the science fair. 

Dr. Jay Badenhoop

Professor of Chemistry at Potomac State College of WVU in Keyser.

Shane Price

Current Chemistry and AP Chemistry teacher at Jefferson High School, Shane Price has been managing science fairs since 2003.  Mr. Price also manages the school science fair at Jefferson High School as well as the Jefferson County Science and Engineering Fair.