Capital Science & Engineering Fair

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About the Capital Science & Engineering Fair

The Capital Science & Engineering Fair was established to provide high school students from South Central Wisconsin the opportunity to showcase their research.

With its annual fair to be held on the third Saturday of February on the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus, the fair inspires enthusiasm for science and engineering research among Wisconsin students. It provides a support system to assist students as they actively participate in science and engineering endeavors.

Hands-on learning is vitally important for our future scientists. The Capital Science & Engineering Fair provides students a unique opportunity to perform science and engineering and learn from University faculty and staff.

Participants also compete for an opportunity to enter the Badger State Science & Engineering Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

CSEF 2014 Grand Winner

2014 CSEF Grand Award Winner: Sevahn Vorperian, Madison West High School

CSEF 2013 Grand Winners

The 2013 Grand Prize winner was Clarise White of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and the Runner Up was Isaiah Mitchell from James Madison Memeorial High School.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 Grand Winners

Suman Gunasekaran, 17, from James Madison Memorial Senior High School in Madison, Wisconsin, won fourth prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his project: Heterologous Expression of Olefin Synthase Gene in Escherichia coli.

Corinne Marie Demler, 17, from Pecatonica Area High School in Blanchardville, Wisconsin, won fourth prize as well for her project: Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction of Temporal Expression of Glucose Oxidase in Apis mellifera. She also took home $1500, a gold medallion, and a certificate of achievement from the United States Army.

2012 Special Awards, Catagory Awards, and Top Prizes

The 2012 Grand Prize winner was Suman Gunasekaran of James Madison Memorial High School and the Runner Up was Cora Demler from Pecatonica High School.

The CSEF group at the NMRFAM

Project-based Science Links


ASM International Milwaukee Chapter
Alliant Energy Foundation
American Nuclear Society University of Wisconsin-Madison Chapter
Berbee Technology Education Foundation
CAMECA Instruments, Inc.
IEEE Madison Section
Life Technologies Foundation at the San Diego Foundation
Mensa of Wisconsin Foundation
NACE Wisconsin
Thermal Spray Technologies, Inc.
UW-Madison Society of Women Engineers
University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering Physics
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University Research Park University of Wisconsin-Madison

Affiliated Fairs

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Badger State Science & Engineering Fair

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Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

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Best of the Web - Science Fairs

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The Archimedes Initiative

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