Northern S.D. Science Fair

Northern hosts the annual Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics Fair, showcasing hundreds of projects from young scientists in grades 6-12 from this region.

35th annual Fair

March 22, 2018

The event is affiliated with Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Washington, D.C. Several hundred students are expected to exhibit projects involving biology, botany, chemistry, physics, health and medicine, and more. Top winners will have an opportunity to exhibit at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh. The fair also features the NSU Science Bowl, with a junior division for grades 7-9 and senior division for grades 9-12. Judges are approximately 70 professionals from the Aberdeen area; Northern faculty; and upper-level Northern students.

2017 Winners

  • Jake Flakus from Aberdeen Central High School: Comparing Ethanol Yield from Saccharomyces cerevisiae in Healthy and Decaying Starch and Sugar Solutions
  • Daniel Orr from Northwestern Area School: Production of Hydrogen Fuel
  • Hamza Jamal and John Prosper from Aberdeen Central High School: Design for an Alternate Wireless Medical Auscultation Device


Dwayne Rehfeld Award

The Dwayne Rehfeld Award for Excellence in Service and Science is given to a high school junior or senior participating in the fair. Dr. Rehfeld, a professor of chemistry at Northern for 23 years, started the regional fair in 1983. He encouraged the pursuit of excellence in scientific inquiry and associated critical thinking skills, as well as Christian values, respect for others, integrity, volunteerism, participation in extracurricular activities, and providing positive peer role models. The award includes cash for teaching materials for the winner's high school's science classroom; a cash award to the winning student; and a cash donation to the Aberdeen Salvation Army in the student's name.


What makes a good science fair project?

Students: Have you ever wondered how to begin a science fair project - what makes a good project - what sort of project to do? Explore below to learn how to get started!