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    IMPORTANT – Read this if your Project Status is Incomplete

    February 15, 2018

    If it is Incomplete, your action is required. At midnight on February 28 all incomplete projects will be marked “Failed to Qualify” and we will close the database.

    Check your Project Status by using the button on the home page. For an Incomplete application, you or your teacher should have received a note outlining what is missing.  Send missing forms or improved procedures to the original contact person with your application number in the subject line.

    If you wish to change the title, send an email to Make sure your new title fits in 120 characters.

    If you have questions about RRI status or Field of Study, send a message about SRC/Project Status Issues from the contact page.

    Registration is closed; check your Project Status

    January 29, 2018

    Please Check Project Status (button to the left on this page) to make sure your application has been received.

    If your application status is not “Received,” check your email for a message about a missing form or signature. If you don’t see your project listed OR you haven’t received a message about a problem, contact the fair administrator.

    Recent applications will appear as “Received” until the final round of reviews is complete. During that process, you or your teacher may receive a note requesting additions or changes.  Please respond as soon as possible.

    Project Status Check & FINAL application deadline

    January 2, 2018

    The FINAL deadline for applications is Jan 30th. Avoid the last minute crush – and allow time to solve problems – by submitting ASAP.

    If you recently submitted an application, click the Project Status box on the home page and check that your application has been “Received.” If your project is NOT listed, send a message to the fair administrators using the Contact page.

    Projects are listed as “Received” until they are reviewed. If your project is not “Accepted,” your teacher will receive email from an SRC reviewer indicating what needs to be done.  Please respond as soon as possible.

    SCVSEFA volunteers will take a break from Dec 20-Jan 2

    December 16, 2017

    The Synopsys Championship volunteers will take a holiday break from December 20 until January 2. We’re clearing out the backlog this week and then applications submitted since December 1 will be processed and appear with “received” at Check Project Status. During this time email responses may be a bit slower, and the project status of applications may not change until reviews start again in January.

    • If your project status  is “received” and it was received before Dec 1, it is being reviewed.
    • If your project status  is “received” and it was received after Dec 1, it will be handled as time permits. If a project requires SRC pre-approval, it may not start until it is approved.
    • If your project status is “incomplete,” your teacher (and possibly you) will have been sent an email message outlining what was missing or incorrect.  We will handle your responses as time permits between now and January 2.


    Happy holidays to everyone!

    NEW DATE: submit applications by Jan 2 for review at the next SRC meeting

    December 9, 2017

    The FINAL deadline for applications is January 30, but you can avoid the last minute crush and help speed up the acceptance process by submitting your application by January 2. We expect 500 applications between now and the final deadline, but the SRC can review and respond to applications received by January 2 at its next meeting in early January. (Any applications that were received or postmarked by December 1 have automatic priority.)

    Reminder: It is now too late to submit any project that requires SRC pre-approval.


    Registration opens December 1 for category judges

    November 30, 2017

    Register beginning December 1 to be a Category Judge at the Synopsys Championship Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held at the San Jose Convention Center on March 15, 2018. We need and welcome judges in all fields of study.

    Category Judges should have a Bachelor’s degree in a technical field or in education (with a concentration in a technical field). We are looking for biologists, behavioral scientists, chemists, engineers, environmental scientists, physicists and others who will enjoy talking to enthusiastic young people about scientific inquiry and engineering challenges. Information about being a judge is linked to the Category Judging page.

    Applications that need SRC pre-approval are due by Nov 30

    November 14, 2017

    The FINAL deadline for projects that need pre-approval is November 30th.

    Please submit applications that require pre-approval as soon as possible. These projects often require extra forms, especially projects involving humans. Submitting at the final deadline may not give us enough time to resolve issues before the last IRB review meeting on December 2.

    If you have submitted an application, especially if you need pre-approval, be sure to come back to the web site and Check Project Status before noon on December 1.  If you don’t find your project listed, contact the Fair Manager immediately using the form on the Contact page.

    Workshops and a clinic in November

    November 7, 2017

    There’s still time to attend an event that will help you prepare for a successful science fair project:
    Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
    Santa Clara University, Room 306 in Kenna Hall
    SCU Parking information. Two-hour parking is free in the Main Garage with a permit from the university Main Gate. SCU map and directions
    Light refreshments are planned so please let us know if you will attend (by email to
    Wednesday, November 8, at 7 PM
    Oakwood School, 105 John Wilson Way, Morgan Hill
    Students and parents from all schools are welcome.
    Monday, November 27, at 7 PM
    Oakwood School, 105 John Wilson Way, Morgan Hill
    Students and parents from all schools are welcome.


    2017 Broadcom MASTERS winners are announced

    October 24, 2017

    Congratulations to the Synopsys Challenge middle school competitors who have won First Place awards at the Broadcom MASTERS competition in Washington, DC! 

    • Science Award – First place: Pujita Tangirala, Los Gatos, CA, A Green, Low-Cost Adsorbent for the Removal of Dye from Aqueous Solutions
    • Technology Award – First place: Herin Kang, Los Gatos, CA, Energy Efficient Oxygen Generator Using Micro Algae as an Alternative to Window Ventilation
    • Engineering Award – First place: Andrew Chiang, San Jose, CA, Manipulation of Ultrasonic Force Field


    In addition to showcasing their projects for the public, the 30 national finalists also completed a rigorous competition that tested their STEM knowledge as well as their critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration skills. First place winners were awarded $3,500 to support their choice of a STEM summer camp experience in the U.S. Each STEM Award winner also received an iPad. 

    See the press release for a complete list of winners. The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program founded and produced by the Society for Science & the Public, encourages middle school students to participate in science fairs, continue their studies in high school and college and enter STEM careers.

    Next deadline for projects requiring PRE-APPROVAL is November 16

    The next deadline for projects requiring pre-approval is receipt by November 16 or with a postmark on or before November 10. The FINAL deadline for pre-approval has been moved up one day to receipt by November 30.

    Please submit applications that require pre-approval as soon as possible.

    • This allows time for an exchange of email about your application, if needed, to get it ready for review by the SRC committee.
    • Projects that require pre-approval often require extra forms, especially projects involving humans. Submitting at the final deadline at the end of November may not give us enough time to resolve issues with required forms before the final IRB review meeting on December 2.


    We can see a lot of applications in the pipeline and look forward to receiving them soon!