Prizes and Awards

Prizes (ribbons, monetary awards, or sponsored trips) valued at approximately $60K are awarded to Synopsys Championship winners as described below.  See Award History for previous winners.

  • SCVSEFA awards First, Second, and Honorable Mention ribbons (Category Place Awards) based on scientific merit.  Approximately 1/3 of Championship projects receive scientific category awards.
  • Twelve outstanding projects in the Junior Division (grades 6–8) receive the Isabelle Stone Award (biological sciences) or the Castro Family Award (physical sciences) and an all-expense-paid trip to the California State Science Fair (CSSF) in Los Angeles, California, April 23-24, 2018.
  • Approximately 60 selected winners in the Junior Division are eligible to compete in the Broadcom Masters Competition. The 2018 event will be held Washington, DC, October 18-24, 2018.
  • Two projects in the Senior Division are selected to participate in the I-SWEEEP Olympiad. The 2017 Olympiad was held May 3-7, 2017, in Houston, TX.
  • In addition, 60+ companies and organizations present Special Awards to projects that meet their specific criteria (see below).

Special Awards

More than 60 companies and organizations select projects to receive Special Awards at the Championship. These awards may include cash, tours, and/or tangible items. Judging for Special Awards is based on the objectives of the participating company or organization, and any project may be evaluated by a Special Awards judge. Special Awards judges review only projects with topics that match their areas of interest. Therefore, a student should give his/her project a descriptive title so that Special Awards judges can spot that project based on the title information alone.