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Welcome to the Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair!

The Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair (ACSEF) is affiliated with Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge the prestigious national middle school competition, CSEF - CA state science & engineering fair competition, and Regeneron ISEF the international science fair competition.

View photos from this years fair:

Students and Teachers:

All students & teachers interested in joining ACSEF 2024 should begin with the PROJECT WIZARDSome changes have been made to the 2024 eligibility, application, and rules- please check the links and information in the Wizard.

Not a Student?

There are plenty of ways to get involved. Please check out the following pages on how you can support ACSEF.

ACSEF 2024

SET-UP | Friday, March 15, 2023

     Location: Chabot College, Hayward campus

     Times: TBD

JUDGING | Saturday, March 16, 2023

     Location: Chabot College, Hayward campus

     Times: TBD

AWARDS | Monday, March 26, 2023

      Location: PAC at Chabot College,  Hayward campus

     TImes: TBD

Applications for Student Leadership Board 

Interested in working with other students towards promoting the next generation of scientist? Applications for Student Leadership Board (SLB) membership and officer positions are now open! We are excited to work with you for the 2023-2024 season!

Deadline to apply: October 6, 2024


September 18, 2023

Save the Date for ACSEF 2024:

  • Project Display set up - Friday, March 15, 2024

    • Chabot College, Hayward campus

  • ACSEF 2024 - Saturday, March 16, 2024

    • Chabot College, Hayward campus

  • Award Ceremony - Monday,  March 18,  2024

    • The Performing Arts Center on the Chabot College, Hayward campus

June 4, 2023

Congratulations to ACSEF participants who have competed at CSEF and ISEF.

March 26, 2023

ACSEF 2023 is now complete! Check out our awards announcements below​​

Become a Patron Donor

The IRS requires 501(C)(3) public charity nonprofit organizations to receive 1/3 of their funding from the public at large. We are short of that this year. Every $25 or more donation helps.

Tax ID 45-1800245

Thank you to all of our 2023 Special Award Sponsors

ACSEF Organizing Board

      ● President's Award
      ● Director’s Award
      ● Emerging Scientist Award
      ● Longevity Achievement Award
Alameda County Water and Wastewater Agencies
American Psychological Association
Association for Women Geoscientists
Broadcom Coding With Commitment

Chevron Innovation Award

Lemelson Foundation Award

NASA Earth System Science Award
National Geographic Award
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Northern California Institute of Food Technologists
Office of Naval Research - U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps

Regeneron Biomedical Science Award

Ricoh USA, Inc.
Society for In Vitro Biology
Switch Therapeutics Biology Award
Switch Therapeutics Chemistry Award
U.S. Metric Association
U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Yale Science and Engineering Association


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The Synopsys Outreach Foundation • Chevron Education • Professional Engineers in California Government • Society for Science • Exelixis • Ohlone For Kids • Sandia National Laboratories • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory • Consor • and the combined efforts of the Alameda County Water and Wastewater Agencies  • Broadcom Foundation

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