How are winners to the California State Science Fair (CSSF) selected?
CSSF Judging FAQs
Each year, we are allotted a number of spots in the California State Science Fair by the State Science Fair organization The CSSF allocation is calculated on a 5 year rolling average of the number of projects from our local Championship which won at the state fair level. For 2016, we have been allotted 97 slots at State Fair.
The projects were ranked on fair day by the CSSF judging team, and the top 97 projects are notified that they qualify to attend at the Awards Ceremony. Note: Category judging results do not determine CSSF judging results. First place category winners are not necessarily eligible to attend. The Synopsys Championship has more first place winners than the slots allotted to us by the State Fair.
Of the qualified projects, the top 12 (6 each at middle school and high school) will also be ‘sponsored’ financially by SCVSEFA. These Championship winners are given a paid trip to State Fair in Los Angeles, and reimbursed the $30 Application fee. The next 87 projects are not financially sponsored in any way by SCVSEFA..
If you received a CSSF eligibility letter at the Awards ceremony indicating that you are a qualified student or are listed on this website as eligible, go to the State Fair website http://www.usc.edu/CSSF/ and register online and pay your application fee immediately.
If qualified students do not want to attend, their spots will become available to persons/projects who are wait-listed alternates according to the Synopsys Championship ranking of the scientific merit of their project. Alternates will not be qualified to attend the fair unless a Qualified winner does not apply, thereby making space available.
How are winners to Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair (ISEF) selected?
The selection of projects for Intel ISEF is called Grand Prize Judging. The Grand Prize Judges are specifically at the Synopsys Championship to choose the top projects for grades 9 through 12. They are highly qualified, experienced judges with differing areas of expertise among them.
The top 10 high school projects at the Synopsys Championship are awarded Grand Prize, and are given a paid trip to Intel ISEF which this year is in PHOENIX, AZ, May 8-13, 2016