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The initial reward for participating in the Los Angeles County Science Fair is the opportunity to display a science project, meet with other exhibitors, and share information and views. A certificate of merit is given to each student exhibitor in recognition of his or her efforts.


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Click here for the 2014 Student Award Winners by Category


Click here for the 2014 Special Award Winners



For photos of current & previous Science Fair winners and participants, visit our Shutterfly slideshows with downloadable pictures.




First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention Awards, consisting of medals and ribbons, are awarded for exhibits in each category in both Senior and Junior Divisions. In addition to awards for place winners, a number of special awards are presented from organizations and the business community.



Sweepstakes Award: The 1st Place winner in each category is automatically considered for the Sweepstakes Award: Best Junior Project and Best Senior Project.

 Elan Filler, Senior Sweepstakes Winner from Palos Verdes High School

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Zoë Zawol, Junior Sweepstakes Winner from Sierra Madre Middle School

Smedley award-webDarrell Smedley Award: A special award for a top project that shows evidence of being done completely by the student, without outside help from researchers, parents or mentors.


Smedley winner 2014-web

2014 Smedley Award Senior winner Carlos Anzaldo with his former teacher Oscar Espinoza and Dean Gilbert, Past Pres.    Jahan Razavi, Junior Award winner, not pictured.

Special Awards: We are able to award several Special Awards because of our affiliation with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF.)  Other Special Awards come from our Donor/Partners, who honor students whose projects fall within the Donor/Partner’s area of expertise or interest. Awards vary: cash, science equipment, trophies or in the case of Earthwatch expeditions, the chance to participate in a summer field research with top scientists at one of hundreds of Earthwatch locations.

ISEF finalists 2014

Intel ISEF 2014

Broadcom Masters Competition - Jr. Division

  • The nations premier science, technology, engineering and math competition for middle school students will be judged during the summer.  Middle school students are nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS by Society for Science and the Public (SSP)-affiliated science fairs held during the school year. The 1st Place winner in each Junior Division category will automatically be considered to represent Los Angeles County at the Broadcom Masters Competition held in Washington, DC.

California State Science Fair

  • Projects placing, First, Second, or Third in the Los Angeles County Science Fair are eligible to enter the California State Science Fair. The State Fair is usually held at the California Science Center, approximately two weeks after the Los Angeles County Science Fair.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) – Sr. Division

  • The Judging Committee will select two to six student SENIOR projects that demonstrate high levels of excellence to represent Los Angeles County at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.