Grand Awards Ceremony March, 24th 2024 - 4:30 pm - Invitation only

The Grand Awards Event will be By Invitation and In-Person ONLY!! 4:30pm

4:30 pm Award Winners Reception – UNM Student Union Building
For award winners and guests only. Light refreshments and “selfie station”

5:15 pm Grand Awards Ceremony – UNM Student Union Building
Awards Ceremony is by invite only. Student winners, parents/guardians and teachers will be notified on Saturday if they have won an award and are invited to attend the ceremony.

Awards for 2024 Research Challenge

Top of Category Awards (all divisions: Elementary, Junior, Senior)

  • 1st Place: $100, medal, certificate
  • 2nd Place: $75, medal, certificate
  • 3rd Place: $50, medal, certificate
  • Honorable Mention: medal and certificate

Top Junior Division Awards

  • 1st Place (Life Science) & 1st Place (Physical Science) - $250
  • 2nd Place (Life Science) & 2nd Place (Physical Science) - $200
  • 3rd Place (Life Science) & 3rd Place (Physical Science) - $150

Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge
Awarded to the 1st and 2nd place winners of EACH category in the Junior Division

  • Junior Division First & Second Place: Certificate and an invitation to submit project to national competition

Regional Representatives to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
Top projects will be named ISEF Finalists and compete at ISEF in May, 2024

  • Senior Division Excellence Award: Expense paid trip to Los Angeles, CA to compete in ISEF (awarded to top placing individual or team projects; up to four projects will advance)
  • Junior Division Excellence Award: Expense paid trip to Los Angeles, CA to attend ISEF as a student observer (awarded to the top placing 8th grade student)

ISEF Finalist Awards sponsored by Nusenda Credit Union
Awarded to each regional ISEF qualifier and observer (funds will be split evenly among team members for any team projects that qualify).

  • Excellence Award: $250

Special Awards
A full listing of special awards are available for viewing in our “Booklet of Awards". You can view and download the Booklet of Awards here.