Northern S.D. Science and Mathematics 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.

37th annual Fair

March 23, 2020


The event is affiliated with International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Washington, D.C. Between 400 and 500 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 ISEF. The fair also features the NSU Science Bowl competition, 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.

Forms and Registration


  • Dec. 6, 2019, for forms needing prior approval from the NSU Science Department of Science and Mathematics
  • 5 p.m. March 9, 2020, for judges' registration form submission
  • 5 p.m. March 10, 2020, for science fair final registration and science bowl registration


Science Fair Registration

Science Bowl Registration

Judge Registration Form

Dwayne Rehfeld Award

ISEF Rules, Forms and Guidelines

ISEF Forms Wizard (to help you determine which forms and approvals are necessary before beginning a science fair project)


2019 Winners

Individual Grand Winner

Abraham Wieland, Aberdeen Central High School

Development of a Machine Learning Algorithm for Generating Random Digest


Individual Grand Winner

Taren Tschetter, Doland School

Cardiovascular Catastrophe


Team Grand Winner

Haiden Grandpre and Teryn Sparling, Northwestern Area

The Effects of UVB Radiation on Planaria's Cell Regeneration Through Cultural and DNA Analysis


Student Observer to ISEF

Hailey Boekelheide, Northwestern Area

Analyzing Observational Capacity and Emotional Responses of High School Students using Modified Thematic Appercetion Test



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!


International Science and Engineering Fair

Top winners of the math and science fair have an opportunity to exhibit at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).


Affiliated with intel ISEF, a program of Society for Science and the Public




Contact Us




Jewett Regional Science Building Room 112