East Texas Regional Science Fair

The 58th annual East Texas Regional Science Fair was held in-person this year on Feb. 10, 2023.



Students in grades 6-12 enrolled in a public, private, parochial, military or home school within these counties are eligible to enter the ETRSF: Lamar, Red River, Bowie, Delta, Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Morris, Cass, Rains, Wood, Camp, Houston, Leon, Madison, Upshur, Marion, Harrison, Van Zandt, Smith, Henderson, Gregg, Rusk, Panola, Anderson, Cherokee, Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine, Sabine and Angelina. Students must adhere to all Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (RISEF) guidelines and rules to enter the ETRSF.


Each school district can enter a maximum of 10 junior division winners and 10 senior division winners from their district fair. The junior division is comprised of students in grades 6-8. The senior division is comprised of students in grades 9-12. Both junior and senior divisions are divided into 12 categories at the ETRSF: Biological, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biomedical, Earth and Environment, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Engineering, Energy Studies, and System Software. Students may enter as an individual project or a team project (maximum of 3 students in a team project).


Finalists in both the junior and senior divisions from the ETRSF will advance to the state Texas Science and Engineering Fair in College Station, TX (this includes students in grades 6-12). Students must advance through a Texas Regional Fair to compete at the state level. Expenses to the state fair (TXSEF) are paid by either the school or parent. The East Texas Regional Science Fair overall winner in the senior division (grades 9-12 only) will advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Expenses to ISEF are paid by the East Texas Regional Science Fair (for the student and one sponsor). 

The ETRSF also participates in the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) Program, a program created by the Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science  as a science competition exclusively for middle school students (grades 6-8). ETRSF has the opportunity to select the top 10% of our junior division projects to compete for the opportunity to be one of 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists, who will travel to Washington, D.C. in the fall to compete. 

Specialty Awards are presented by many local, regional and national organizations. These awards often include certificates, medals and cash. Specialty Award judges do not use the same scoring method as category judges. The following organizations have presented awards in the past: American Chemical Society, American Meteorological Society, American Psychological Association, ASU Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, ASM Materials Education Foundation, Association of Women Geoscientists Award, Intel Excellence in Computer Science, Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematics Honor Society), National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA), NASA Earth System Science Award, Ricoh Sustainable Development, SI Metric sponsored by U.S. Metric Association, Society for In Vitro Biology, Yale Science & Engineering Association, Inc., and the Water Environment of Texas (WEAT). Grading criteria are below under “Specialty Awards”.


Registration deadline is Feb. 3, 2023.

ETRSF uses the Scienteer system for registration and management of fair entries. Scienteer is designed to begin BEFORE experimentation. Refer to guides below, well in advance of the ETRSF. Once you have selected your winners from your local fair, advance them to the ETRSF in Scienteer by the deadline indicated below. If you did not have a Scienteer account last year, click the link to register. Schools may now sign in (or sign up) and begin making their science fair entries for the 2022 fair: https://www.scienteer.com/register/easttexasregionalsciencefair1006.

Entry Fees:

(Fees payable to East Texas Regional Science Fair and MUST be paid by the date of the fair)

  • Individual: $30
  • Team (limited to a maximum of 3 people): $60

Important Links:

  • ISEF International rules for pre-college science research (Lots of information for students and advisors)
  • Student Guide (coming soon)
  • School Guide (coming soon)
  • Specialty Awards (coming soon)
  • Regional and District Fair Director's Guide (coming soon)
  • Judges Scoring Sheet (coming soon)

For information about ETR Science Fair:

Paul Buchanan
Instructor, Geology & Chemistry
(903) 983-8253
Canterbury Engr. Science Bldg. (CANTR), 341
Stacie Ervin
Administrative Assistant
Biology, Chemistry & Mathematical Sciences
(903) 988-7454
Canterbury Engr. Science Bldg. (CANTR), 110
Cassidi Jacobs
Instructor, Mathematics
Department of Math, Engineering & Physics
(903) 988-3767
Canterbury Engr. Science Bldg. (CANTR), 308