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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.

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.


June 21, 2023

Parents and Teachers - ACSEF board of directors needs the following positions filled:

  1. Treasurer (1)

  2. Assistant Fair Director (1)

  3. High School Outreach Director and Assistant Director (2)

  4. Middle School Outreach Director and Assistant Director (2)

  5. Director of Local Sponsored Awards and Assistant Director (2)

  6. Director of Student Programs (Student Leadership Board) (1)

Click here for Job Descriptions

Please contact Patti Carothers, Founding Director/President for an interview. 

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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