EPSEF - Eastern Panhandle
Science and Engineering Fair

Eastern Panhandle Science and Engineering Fair
High School Division 

EPSEF 2020 - High School Division has been canceled and will not be re-scheduled. 
March 13, 2020 -- With the announcement of indefinite state-wide school closures due to concerns of the community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Eastern Panhandle Science and Engineering Fair - High School Division has been canceled.
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CANCELLED - Due to school closings related to Coronavirus concerns. 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Snow Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Potomac State College of WVU
Keyser, West Virginia
Paperwork Deadline
Science Fair applications are due by Friday, March 6,2020. We do need application, abstract, and all other forms with the project. We do several things with the paperwork:
  1. We do a review of all the applications and forms to screen for missing forms or other things that may be necessary for the project, so that we may contact the school right away in order to clear up any problems ahead of time. Then, at the Fair, there will be a formal rules review by a rules committee.
  2. We use the information on the application to set up our project lists, determine spaces for the projects, and finalize the number of students and teachers for whom to order meals for the Dinner.
  3. By Wednesday, March 4, all assignments will have been made and judges selected and assigned. We will mail out or e-mail Wednesday copies of abstracts to judges in each category, i.e. those judging in Chemistry will receive all the abstracts for each student in that category. They will review the abstracts, and some will do some research if the project is in an area in which they may not be as familiar or working with recently. If we mail them later, many will not get them on time. If we haven’t received some abstracts by that time, they will just have to review them “cold” at the Fair. It is very important that the abstracts be done carefully; this is the first introduction of the student’s project to the judges. It is also very important that the abstract be well written in order to make the best first impression possible with the judges. Also, please be certain there are no names, addresses or school names on the abstract – we will black them out before we send them to judges: we want the reviews to be as objective as possible.
  4. Note that new applications must be filled out at each succeeding level of fair e.g., county to regional, etc. There is no requirement that a science fair have the same categories as the International, for example. The students just have to enter one of the categories available at the level of fair which they are entering. The Regional High School will have 15 categories, the State will have 17 and the International Science Fair will have 21.
  5. Also, please make sure the same title is used throughout the paperwork; we have had as many as three different titles in the paperwork of the same project. This has made working with the forms difficult at times.
10:00 - 1:00
Student Orientation/School Pictures upon Arrival at the Gymnasium
Set-up and Lunch (on your own – Suggestion: those with very large groups may want to make arrangements with a restaurant or fast food place ahead of time to avoid large delays.)
Rules Committee Review of Projects - Gymnasium
Judges’ Orientation - Gymnasium
1:00 - 2:30
Judging (Group A) - Gymnasium
Student Workshops (Group B) - Science Hall
2:30 - 4:00
Judging (Group B) - Gymnasium
Student Workshops (Group A) - Science Hall
4:00 - 4:30
Open House - Gymnasium
4:30 – 4:50
Project Take-down - Gymnasium
5:00 – 5:45
Dinner - Davis Conference Center
5:45 – 6:30
Awards Presentation - Davis Conference Center
Depart for Home
Students in grades 9-12 who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in county science fairs from the Eastern Panhandle counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. 
The 2020 Eastern Panhandle Regional High School Science Fair is affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public network and the Regeneron ISEF.
As a Society-affiliated fair. students who participate in the Eastern Panhandle Regional High School Science Fair must observe the International Rules for Pre-college Science Research.
1. Animal Science/Zoology
2. Behavioral & Social Sciences
3. Biochemistry
4. Biomedical & Health Sciences
5. Cellular & Molecular Biology
6. Chemistry
7. Computer Science
8. Earth & Space Science
9. Energy & Transportation
10. Engineering
11. Environmental Sciences
12. Mathematics
13. Microbiology
14. Physics & Astronomy
15. Plant Science/Botany
Winners from each category will be eligible to compete in the 2020 West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 28.  Judges will decide the participants in cases where there is more than one project eligible for a given WVSEF category. 
Note that the following forms are required:
Note: If Continuation Projects Form (7) is required, the Abstract, Form (1A), and Research Plan from the previous year(s) must also be attached.
Pat Mason, Fair Director
Tel: 304-788-0284 or 540-336-0072
-- Updated Feb 14, 2020 SP