2011 Fair Recap

Over 150 elementary through high school students from across West Tennessee participated in the 49th West Tennessee Regional Science and Engineering Fair (WTRSEF) on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Union University. The WTRSEF, sponsored and hosted by Union University and affiliated with the 62nd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, promotes science and engineering education at the elementary through high school levels by allowing students to present science and engineering projects in a competition.

The students competing at the regional fair already placed first, second, or third in their school or county fair. Over fifty science experts from West Tennessee -- science teachers, engineers, doctors, professors, and scientists, among others -- serve as judges for the fair. Over sixty-five prizes are awarded, sponsored by local, state, and national organizations and include cash prizes up to $250 and a $1000 college scholarship. The first and second-place high school winners received an all-expenses paid trip to the 62nd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held May 9-13, 2011, in Los Angeles, California.

2011 Fair Day Agenda

7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Registration & Display Set-up; Penick Academic Complex (PAC) Fred DeLay Gymnasium

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Elementary Students-Movie & Popcorn; Student Union Building (SUB) Harvey Auditorium
Middle & High School Students-Campus Tour; Student Union Building (SUB) Office for Undergraduate Admissions

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Preliminary Judging (No students are allowed in the gymnasium.); Penick Academic Complex (PAC) Rooms A-5 & B-33

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Judging of All Science Projects (Students are to be with their projects until released by the Fair Director); Penick Academic Complex (PAC) Fred DeLay Gymnasium

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Complimentary Drink & Snack for Teachers & Chaperones; Student Union Building (SUB) Barefoots Joe

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Exhibits are open to the public

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony; Penick Academic Complex (PAC) G.M. Memorial Savage Chapel

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dismantling of Science Project Displays

Past Fairs: 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


  Sponsored by

 and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry,
Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics & Physics.

Tamara Popplewell, Director
tpopplewell@uu.edu, 731-661-5259, Fax: 731-661-5175

Ms. Chris Rowland, Fair Secretary
crowland@uu.edu, 731-661-5270, Fax: 731-661-5175

The 2011 West Tennessee Science and
Engineering Fair will be held
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Union University's Fred DeLay Gymnasium
The Awards Ceremony will be held in G.M. Savage Chapel
Union Campus Map
2011 Award Recipients (.pdf)

Teacher Workshop will be held on
Friday, August 27, 2010
in the Grant Events Center
Union Campus Map
2010-11 Teacher Workshop Presentation
How to Host a Science Fair at Your School
Intel's Rules and Guidelines

Check out the Science Buddies website for Science Fair ideas, answers & tools.

Forms to Submit Reminder

Remember your SRC/IRB Form is due the first Friday of November: Nov. 5, 2010.

The deadline to turn in entry forms is February 11, 2011!

Everyone must have:

  • Entry fee, entry form (with the principal's signature n the form), Forms 1, 1A, & 1B
  • 2 copies of the abstract, the research plan attachment, special category awards form, and public relations form

Additional Forms That May Be Required

  • Work done at an industrial/institutional setting Form 1C.
  • Pathogenic agents/controlled substances - Use forms 2 or 3.
  • Human subjects work - forms 4A and 4B.
  • Nonhuman vertebrates studies - Use form 5.
  • Human and animal tissue work - Use form 6 and perhaps forms 2 and 3.
  • Recombinant DNA work - Perhaps forms 2 and 3.

All forms are available at www.societyforscience.org/isef/document/ 

NOTE: Society for Science and the Public no longer prints rulebooks. Only pdf files are available for download from the website. However, WTRSEF has printed a few copies, available upon request.

When in doubt, consult the SRC before performing experiments!

For More Information

If you'd like to learn about the West Tennessee Regional Science and Engineering Fair, please email Tamara Popplewell ( tpopplewell@uu.edu), 731-661-5259. Fax: 731-661-5175

If you have any questions about the feasibility of a project,
please call Dr. Carol Weaver at (731)-661-5153.

Would you like to sponsor an award for WTRSF?
Contact Dr. Randy Schwindt at (731) 661-5594

Would you like to be a judge for WTRSF?
Contact Dr. David Ward at (731)-661-5241