Project Categories

PROJECT CATEGORIES, FIELDS OF STUDY AND PROJECT NUMBERS

The Synopsys Championship has 4 Categories and 15 Fields of Study. Categories and Fields of Study within each category are listed below. The category code within the project number is seen as the 3rd number or letter from the left (indicated by the bold code designation number as seen below). The field of study code is seen as the 4th number or letter from the left.

Students must choose a Category and Field of Study for their project. An accurate choice of the Field of Study increases the likelihood that your project will be assigned to judges who understand and appreciate your project. A science project involves a study, hypothesis and experiment.  An engineering project involves an application, design or device and an engineering goal. A unique project number is assigned for each project.
Judges will use the 1C form to determine the student’s contribution to the research.

CATEGORIES

  • Non RRI Biological Science and Engineering (Project # xx1-xxxx-xx)

Student research in Biological Science or Engineering is conducted in home, school, and/or field, and NOT conducted under the guidance of professional research staff from 1) a Regulated Research Institution or 2) a professional research company or government lab or 3) with advice and guidance of a professional research scientist or engineer, or 4) using mentors other than teachers who provided substantial guidance, data, or equipment not available in schools.

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  • Non RRI Physical Science and Engineering (Project # xx2–xxx–xx)

Student research in Physical Science or Engineering is conducted in home, school, and/or field, and NOT conducted under the guidance of professional research staff from 1) a Regulated Research Institution or 2) a professional research company or government lab or 3) with advice and guidance of a professional research scientist or engineer, or 4) using mentors other than teachers who provided substantial guidance, data, or equipment not available in schools.

 

  • RRI Biological Sciences and Engineering (grades 9–12 only) (Project # xx3–xxx–xx)

The biological science or engineering research project is conducted under the guidance of professional research staff from (1) a Regulated Research Institution, or (2) a professional research company or government lab, or or (3) with the advice and guidance of a professional research scientist or engineer, or 4) mentors other than teachers who provide substantial guidance, data, or equipment not available in schools. Grades 9 to 12 only.

 

 

  • RRI PhysicalSciences and Engineering (grades 9–12 only) (Project #xx4–xxx–xx)

The physical-sciences or engineering research project is conducted under the guidance of professional research staff from 1) a Regulated Research Institution or 2) a professional research company or government lab or 3) with advice and guidance of a professional research scientist or engineer, or 4) using mentors other than teachers who provided substantial guidance, data, or equipment not available in schools. Grades 9 to 12 only.

 

FIELDS OF STUDY

Biological Sciences and Engineering:

Behavioral Sciences (Project #xxx–1xx–xx)

  • Clinical & Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Social Psychology; Industrial/Organizational Psychology

 

Plant Sciences (Project #xxx–2xx–xx)

  • Agronomy
  • Growth and Development
  • Ecology
  • Genetics/Breeding
  • Pathology
  • Physiology (Molecular, Cellular, Organismal)
  • Systematics and Evolution

 

Animal Sciences (Project #xxx–3xx–xx)

  • Animal Behavior
  • Development
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Nutrition and Growth
  • Pathology
  • Physiology
  • Systematics and Evolution

 

Biochemistry/ Microbiology (Project #xxx–4xx–xx)

  • Analytical Biochemistry
  • General Biochemistry
  • Medicinal Biochemistry
  • Structural Biochemistry
  • Metabolism
  • Cell Physiology
  • Cellular and Molecular Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Antibiotics, Antimicrobials
  • Bacteriology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Virology

 

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (grades 9–12 only)
(Project #xxx–5xx–xx)

  • Algorithms, Connecting Databases for generating new knowledge of biology and medicine, and improving & discovering new models of computation or Computational Biomodeling
  • Computational Evolutionary Biology
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Computational Pharmacology
  • Genomics
  • Image Analysis

 

Biomedical and Health Sciences (Project #xxx–6xx–xx)

  • Disease Diagnosis and Treatment, Drug Development and Testing
  • Epidemiology
  • Human Genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology and Pathology

 

Biomedical Engineering (Project #xxx-7xx-xx)

  • Biomedical technology
  • Biomedical diagnostics
  • Biomedical therapy
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Product Testing (Grades 6–8 only)

 

Physical Sciences and Engineering:

Chemistry (Project #xxx–Axx–xx)

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Ceramics and Glasses
  • Composite Materials
  • Computational and Theory
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymers

 

Chemical/Environmental Engineering (Project #xxx-Bxx-xx)

  • Alternative Energy
  • Fossil Fuel Energy
  • Fuel Cells and Battery Development
  • Materials Engineering
  • Process Engineering
  • Product Testing (Grades 6–8 only)
  • Solar Materials
  • Bioremediation
  • Ecosystems Management, Forestry
  • Land Reclamation
  • Pollution Control: Air, Water, Soil
  • Recycling and Waste Management
  • Water Resources Management

 

Earth and Environmental Sciences (Project #xxx–Cxx–xx)

  • Atmospheric Science, Weather
  • Climate Science
  • Environmental Effects on Ecosystems
  • Geosciences
  • Planetary Geology
  • Soil Science
  • Tectonics
  • Water Sciences

 

Physics and Astronomy (Project #xxx–Dxx–xx)

  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Astronomy and Cosmology
  • Biological Physics
  • Computational Physics and Astrophysics
  • Condensed Matter and Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Magnetics, Electromagnetics, and Plasmas
  • Mechanics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Optics, Lasers, Masers
  • Theoretical Physics

 

Electrical Engineering (Project #xxx–Exx–xx)

  • Circuits
  • Computer Hardware
  • Controls
  • Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Embedded Systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Networking and Data Communication
  • Product Testing (Grades 6–8 only)
  • Sensors
  • Signal Processing
  • Wearable technology

 

Mechanical Engineering (Project #xxx–Fxx–xx)

  • Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aerodynamics
  • Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Energy
  • Control Theory
  • Ground Vehicle Systems
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Product Testing (Grades 6–8 only)
  • Robotics and Intelligent Machines
  • Solar Energy

 

Mathematics (Project #xxx–Gxx–xx)

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Game Theory
  • Computer Mathematics
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Number Theory
  • Probability and Statistics  

 

Software Engineering (Project #xxx-Hxx-xx)

  • Algorithms
  • Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Benchmarking
  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cognitive Computing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Databases
  • Computer Graphics, Simulations, Image Processing
  • Computer Systems, Operating Systems
  • Mobile Computing
  • Networking and Communications
  • Product Testing (Grades 6–8 only)
  • Programming Languages                                  

 

 

PROJECT NUMBER ASSIGNMENTS

Project numbers are coded first by grade (06 to 12), then by the four categories, and then by the fields of study within each category. The check character (1–9, A–H) and team code (1 or 2) is on the end.

In general, project numbers are assigned as:

GGC-FNN-KT

GG = grade (06–12)

C = category (1–4)

F = field of study (1–7, A–H)

NN = ID number within category/field of study (10–99)

K = check character (1–9, A–H)

T = individual or team (1–2)

 

Examples of individual projects:

  • 093-510-91 = 9th grade, RRI biological sciences and engineering, computational biology and bioinformatics, individual project.
  • 101-210-31 = 10th grade, non RRI biological sciences and engineering, plant science, individual project.
  • 112-D10-61 = 11th grade, non RRI physical sciences and engineering, physics, individual project.
  • 124-H10-11 = 12th grade, RRI physical sciences and engineering, software engineering, individual project.

 

Examples of team projects:

  •  093-510-82 = 9th grade, RRI biological sciences and engineering, computational biology and bioinformatics, team project.
  • 112-D10-52 = 11th grade, non RRI physical sciences and engineering, physics, team project.
  • 124-H10-D2 = 12th grade, RRI physical sciences and engineering, software engineering, team project.
  • 101-212-B2 = 10th grade, non RRI biological sciences and engineering, plant science, team project.