Our 2016 High School Grand Prize winners were Rachel M. Baker of Camden Central High School and Xiuya Yao, of Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School and the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt University. They were given an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the Energy: Chemical and Translational Medical Science Categories at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, AZ in May. Our 2016 Middle School Grand Prize winner was Clare Elise Sprinkle of Faith Home School Tutorial. Clare and six other middle school participants were nominated to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS fair (see program below).
The Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair (MTSEF) is sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair Foundation and is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The goal of MTSEF is to provide a forum for middle and high school students of the Middle Tennessee region to exhibit their scientific and engineering projects to the public. Projects are evaluated by MTSEF-selected judges who consider them for awards in various scientific and engineering categories as well as for special awards funded by local, national, and international sponsors. Up to two Grand Prizes may be awarded at each MTSEF, contingent upon the MTSEF's yearly re-affiliation with the ISEF. These Grand Prize winners are sent to compete at the ISEF, which is typically held in mid-May each year. Expenses for Grand Prize Winners are paid for by the Foundation. While MTSEF allows students from grades 6-12 to participate, Grand Prize winners must be from grades 9-12. Both MTSEF and ISEF accept team projects. However, the MTSEF director will submit one or more middle school projects to compete in Broadcom MASTERS each year. Students do not have to travel to Broadcom MASTERS.
As an affiliated fair of ISEF, we require that projects adhere to ISEF regulations. These regulations mandate that proper care must be taken to insure the safety of the student researcher, any human subjects, and the public, as well as proper treatment of vertebrate animals that are used in experimental studies. Students must work under the guidance of an adult sponsor (typically a science teacher), and possibly other specialists depending upon the nature of the student's project.
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C. Steven Murphree, Ph.D.
Director, Middle Tennessee Science & Engineering Fair
Professor of Biology at Belmont University
Steve Hamilton, Ph.D.
Board Chair, Middle Tennessee Science & Engineering Fair Foundation
Director, Center of Excellence for Field Biology at APSU