The Tidewater Science Congress is excited for the upcoming science fair season.  As your students prepare for city, district, and school-wide fairs, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide you information regarding the entry process for the 68th annual Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair. In order to enter students into the fair, please carefully review the following guidelines.  

1. Review ISEF and TSEF rules in order to ensure your students' projects are eligible (Rules Wizard).
2. Complete the TSEF Junior or Senior application and all requisite ISEF forms. 
3. Ensure all forms are properly signed and dated. 
4. Complete the TSEF Science Fair Database (attached), and email to president@tidewatersciencecongress.org by Thursday January 17th. (please proofread the database carefully, we copy this information directly into the program). 
5. Hand deliver (1) 2 copies of each application, paper clipped, (2) a paper copy of your database, (3) rankings if required by TSEF policies, and a (4) list of the members of your SRC or IRB, to one of the following locations on Friday January 18th.
  • New Horizons, Hampton - 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Advanced Technology Center, VA Beach - 2:30pm-5:00pm

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the board members.  We are happy to help you make this year's entries a success!

Please visit our website for more information,www.tidewatersciencecongress.org and like us on Facebook to stay up to the minute on TSEF news at facebook.com/tidewatersciencecongress

Designated Contacts,

I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start! The Tidewater Science Congress is excited to once again host the 2019 Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair.  This year’s fair will be held at Old Dominion University on Saturday March 16, 2019.  Attached to this email you will find this year’s student applications. Please note that there are separate applications for the Senior Division (high school) and Junior Division (middle school).  In addition to the TSEF application, students should complete the appropriate ISEF Forms as indicated by the checklist within the application.  (Please note that Junior Division students only need to complete the ISEF forms if their project involves human subjects, vertebrate animals, or potentially hazardous biological agents.)  ISEF forms can be downloaded at www.societyforscience.org/isef.

Below you will find a timeline of important dates. If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you!


Tidewater Science & Engineering Fair Timeline 2019


Identify project idea, complete needed paperwork, and begin experimentation.

Fall - winter

Work on project, modifying research plan as needed.   Compete in local science fairs (if available).

Thurs., Jan. 17th  

Adult Contacts must send in electronic student database to TSEF. The electronic database will be emailed to all designated contacts on 1/10/19, and can be downloaded below.  Please email a copy of your completed database to president@tidewatersciencecongress.org. 

Fri., Jan. 18th   

Adult Contacts must deliver 2 copies of completed student application to TSEF, along with a copy of the student database and list of all SRC/IRB members.

  • New Horizons, Hampton - 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Advanced Technology Center, VA Beach - 2:30pm-5:00pm

Mid. Feb.

Acceptance/Rejection notices emailed to Adult Contact by TSEF

Late Feb.

Electronic copy of Student Abstract (in Word – see TSEF website) due to TSEF

Sat., Mar. 16th

TSEF at Webb Center on the campus of Old Dominion University

Sat., Apr. 6  

Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair at VT Carilion School of Medicine for invited students

May 12-17th

ISEF in Los Angeles, CA for invited students

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