The Metro Richmond STEM Fair (MRSF) is Central Virginia's regional qualifying fair for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and the Broadcom MASTERS competition. The MRSF is entering its 21st year. It is organized and funded by the MathScience Innovation Center (MSiC) and the MSiC Foundation.
The MRSF is a 2-level juried fair available to students who attend public schools in our full consortium divisions: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan, and Richmond. Students compete in either the Junior (grades 7 & 8) or Senior (grades 9–12) Division.
Students in both the junior and senior divisions submit a research proposal, which is vetted by local volunteers who have considerable expertise in a variety of fields. Students with accepted proposals are then invited to compete in the MRSF, held at a local high school in the spring. During the competition students have an opportunity to hone their communication skills as they interact with scientists and other professionals. Students also have an opportunity to win awards, prizes, and trophies based on their research project.
Top students in the Junior Division are nominated to the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, & Engineering for Rising Stars) competition, a program of Society for Science & the Public—a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the public to recognize and become involved in scientific research and education.
Six thousand students are nominated to the Broadcom MASTERS competition nationwide, and approximately 1,500 complete the online application process. The applications and projects are reviewed by a panel of judges, and the top 300 students are chosen as national Semifinalists. Finally, 30 students are selected as national Finalists and win an all-expense paid trip for themselves and a parent to Washington, D.C. to attend the final round of the competition. At least 10 monetary awards are given out at the end of the competition, including the top prize of $25,000!
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, owned and administered by the Society for Science & the Public, is the largest pre-college science competition in the world, rewarding students for good research since 1950. The Metro Richmond STEM Fair has been affiliated with the Intel ISEF since 2002 and sent its first student winner to compete in May 2003. Since that time the MRSF has sent 18 students to compete in international competitions, with 14 of them winning either a category or organizational award. This shows the quality of the research that is being done by students in the Metro Richmond area and their ability to communicate about their work.
The Intel ISEF has been sponsored by the INTEL Foundation for the last 13 years, and that partnership was just renewed through 2019. Over $3,000,000 in prizes, scholarships, and educational trips are given away annually to students from 70 countries around the world.
Top students in the Senior Division will win an all-expense paid trip to the Intel ISEF, fully funded by the MathScience Innovation Center and the sponsors of the Metro Richmond STEM Fair, including our Title Sponsors, Dominion and DuPont.
Other top Senior Division winners move on to compete in the Virginia State Science & Engineering Fair in April at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA. Here they can win additional prizes and possibly qualify for VSSEF spots to go to the Intel ISEF as representatives of Virginia.
Intel ISEF Affiliated Regional Fair
Science & Engineering Fair
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