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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.


county fair displayClick here for the 2016 Category Awards


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



girls w ceritificate-web2First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention Awards, consisting of medals, ribbons and certificates 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.

2016 sweepstakes winners2016 Sweepstakes Award winners:

Suraj Anand (left), from Ridgecrest Intermediate School, won the Junior Sweepstakes Award for his project: Conserved Regions of Coagulation Factors III, VIII, and XII’s Percent, Location, and Function in Diverse Species. Suraj also won First Place in Jr. Biochemistry & Microbiology.

Benjamin Liu (right), a freshman at Arcadia High School, won the Senior Sweepstakes Award for his project: A Lab-On-A-Chip Device Incorporating Novel Micromixers, Micropumps and Microvalves for Disease Diagnostics. Ben was also the first Place winner in Sr. Engineering Applications and the LACSEF alternate candidate for attending the 2016 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix.

Special Awards: We are able to award many 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.

(L to R) Andrew Karroum, Phoebe Kellogg, Piper Mape, Charles Felimon Legaspi, Braden Nucum, Enzo Banal

Jr. Winners receiving medals, gift cards and/or cash from the Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG). 

Piper Mape from St. Mel School won the $1,000 Marylin Jorgenson-Reese Award for Excellence and Charles Felimon Legaspi from Incarnation School won the $1,000 James E. Roberts Award for Excellence. Please read more about our PECG winners here…

Darrell 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.

(L to R) Joshua Fernandez, Fleming MS (Jr); Andrew Karroum, St. John Bosco HS (Sr)

Earthwatch Expedition Awards: through the generous support of Peter and Helen Bing.  Each summer 2-week expedition is worth between $2,000 – $3,000 each.  

2016 EARTHWATCH WINNERS: (L to R) Laura Ratliff, Flintridge Preparatory School; Caroline Smith, Chadwick School; Margaret Tajirian, Palos Verdes HS; Albert Zhai, La Canada HS

2016 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Finalists

Elan Filler jumps for joy as Jennifer Moses, Vick and Benjamin Liu and Caleb Smith look on.

2016 Intel ISEF Finalists: Elan Filler from Palos Verde High School with her project: A Novel Treatment for Candida glabrata Infection and Sanath Devalapurkar from West High School, Torrance with his project The Algebra and Geometry of Quasicategories. They were both chosen by the LACSEF to attend this amazing event in Phoenix, AZ on May 8-13, 2016. Benjamin Liu from Arcadia HS was the 2016 Alternate Candidate.

2016 Intel ISEF winners-web


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 by our judges to represent Los Angeles County at the Broadcom Masters Competition held in Washington, DC.

California State Science Fair

  • Projects receiving top honors  in the Los Angeles County Science Fair are eligible to enter the California State Science Fair, depending on the size of our fair’s yearly project allotment. 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 2016 Judging Committee has selected two student SENIOR projects that demonstrate high levels of excellence to represent Los Angeles County at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.