Junior Division

6th - 8th Grade
Middle School

Senior Division

9th - 12th Grade
High School


Date Event
Sep 7
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Teacher orientation on-line
Dec 1 Deadline to begin student registration in STEM Wizard
Jan 25
5:00 pm
Deadline for teachers to select students to advance to GARSEF in STEM Wizard
Jan 25
11:59 pm
Deadline for students to confirm categories and registration in STEM Wizard
Feb 9 Deadline for students to upload submissions for judges review
Feb 21
2:30 - 7:00 pm
Check-in and set-up of projects at Palmer Event Center by student, parent, or teacher
Feb 22
9:00 - 12:00 am
Senior Division Project Judging
Feb 22
1:00 - 3:45 am
Senior Division Second-Tier Project Judging
(Students will be notified during morning judging if they advance)
Feb 22
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Junior Division Project Judging
Feb 22
5:30 - 9:00 pm
Public viewing of all projects
Feb 22
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Junior and Senior Division Award Ceremony for everyone
Feb 22
9:00 - 9:30 pm
Students dismantle projects

Junior/Senior Major Changes This Year

  • The Science Fair name has changed to the Greater Austin Regional Science and Engineering Fair (GARSEF), and we have a new website, AustinScience.org
  • We have a new project registration system, STEM Wizard
  • Project Displays - only boards, binders, laptops/tablets, and ISEF paperwork requirements will be allowed in the exhibit hall. Demonstration items are not allowed
  • The Junior Division now has one document that replaces the various ISEF forms


Junior/Senior General Information

The Junior Division of the Greater Austin Regional Science and Engineering Fair (GARSEF) is a competitive event for 6th-8th graders. The Senior Division is a competitive event for 9th-12th graders. All participating students are required to register their projects through the STEM Wizard registration system and follow all the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Rules with the exception that instead of the ISEF forms, middle schoolers (Junior Division) will submit the Safety and Consent Form for Texas Middle School Science Fair Students. Awards are given for 1st - 5th place winners in each category for each division as well as special awards. 1st - 2nd place winners advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. The top Junior Division projects in each category are nominated for the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge. Six projects in the Senior Division are selected as Best of Fair winners and advance to the Regeneron ISEF competition.

Home schools and students attending non-participating schools are allowed to participate. Please email JRSRstaff@austinscience.org for more details. Registration must begin in STEM Wizard prior to December 1.