School Information

Registration (Deadline November 14, 2023)

Each school must submit a School Registration form to the Region III Office no later than November 14, 2023 to secure your schools attendance at the Lower or Upper Region III Fairs.   The information page, SRC Committee, and IRB Committee pages must be completed properly in order for Region III to accept the form.  School Registration forms must be submitted electronically through the link below.

Event Plans

At this time, we are planning to hosts FACE TO FACE Regional Science Fairs for Upper and Lower age groups.  There are no requirements at this time for mask or social distancing according to the DSU COVID Protocol, however all attendees must understand that this can change at anytime and they will be required to follow any adjustments on the day of the event.

Participant Fees

Each participant project submission will cost $30.00 per student.   A team project is $30 per team member.

The $30 per participant must be paid on the due date of project registration for the Upper and Lower Fairs.   Payments may be mailed at DSU Continuing Education, ATTN: Region III Science Fair, 239 Kent Wyatt Hall, Cleveland, MS 38733 OR dropped off at our office location at 239 Kent Wyatt Hall.   If the fee is being paid by the district, you may email the paperwork with the PO# to us at by the student registration paperwork deadline.   You, as the key teacher, are responsible for making sure the district receives the invoice for payment and that the check is cut and mailed to our office.

Project Categories

Projects must fall under the following categories at the school, regional, and state fairs:

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Mathematics and Systems Software
  • Robotics and Intelligent Machines
  • Plant Sciences
  • Project Category Details:   A complete list and full description of Project categories

Display and Safety Guidelines for Projects and Event Day

Students must follow the Display and Safety rules on their boards and during judging at the regional fair.  It is best to require these same rules for your school fair. All project must be approved by the Display and Safety committee prior to judging on the day of the regional fair.

Once we have completed display and safety, all projects have been approved for judging and judging has started only DSU Science Fair Staff, judges and participants are allowed on the judging floor.  In the event of a participant’s documented IEP notification from the school, a school representative will be allowed on the floor near by the participant during judging.

Project Judging

Each project will be judged IN PERSON during the regional fair by at least two judges.  Those judges may visit the participant together or individually to complete their general project judging.  Projects judged for special awards or best of fair may be seen by more than two judges.

Please view the judging rubric below to assist your students on what needs to be discussed during the judging process.


Awards will be announced during an awards ceremony at the end of the day, once all judging is complete. Awards are given in 1st – 3rd place for each class and category.  Special awards from outside organizations and Best of Fair awards may also be given.  Those receiving 1st-3rd place in their category in 7th-12th grades will advance to the State Fair on March 28, 2024 in Starkville, MS.  Best of Fair winners may receive advancement to the International Science Fair in Dallas, TX on May 11 – 17, 2024.

How to Implement a Science Fair

Do you need assistance or information on how to implement a science fair in your school or at home?   Please follow the link below for details that can help you as a teacher, parent, or student during the science fair process.

*DSU COVID Policy does not require mask or social distancing during this time.  All participants, judges, administrators and teachers WILL BE REQUIRED to follow DSU COVID PROTOCOLS at all times during the Face to Face Regional Fairs on February 14 and March 21.   Everyone must understand that these guidelines can change at any time before the event.