WNYRSEF Awards

Grand/Advancement Awards, Monetary Awards, and Special Awards are available for student projects that qualify and meet the criteria for selection. The complete list of awards is available here.

Mensa Award and Gold Medal Winners

Mensa Award and Gold Medal Winners

WNYRSEF AWARDS

LEVEL GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Gr 9-12 $150 $100 $50
Gr 7-8 $75 $50 $25
Gr 5-6 $10 gift card xx xx

Awards are determined by score within each grade level based on the recommendation of the Judges.  There may be more than one gold, silver, or bronze medallion given in a grade level.  Team members split the monetary award.

Honorable Mention Medallion
Medallion are presented within each group at the recommendation of the Judges.

Certificate of Participation
Each registered student who participates in the Western New York Regional Science and Engineering Fair (WNYRSEF) will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Intel ISEF – International Science and Engineering Fair

Grades eligible:

9 -12, approved SRC paperwork necessary

Award Type:

The Intel ISEF Finalist(s) receive(s) an all-expense paid trip to compete at the international fair.

Description:

WNYRSEF sends one project – individual or team – to compete at the Intel ISEF. The Finalist(s) receive an all-expense paid trip to the international fair. More than 600 individual and team awards are presented every year at the Intel ISEF. Each entry is judged at least four times with category awards given in first, second, third and fourth place. Awards are $3,000, $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively in each of the 22 categories. The top winner of the Intel ISEF receives the Gordon Moore Award and $75,000, with the next top two winners each receiving a $50,000 award.

 

Ying Scholar

Grades eligible:

9 – 12

Award Type:

The Ying Semifinalist at WNYRSEF receives $500 and his/her teacher receives $100.

Description:

The Semifinalist submits his/her research paper and a set of essays to the Ying Scholar Committee for review, competing with one Semifinalist from each of NY’s Intel ISEF-affiliated fairs. The four selected Ying Finalists travel to Syracuse to present their projects to the Ying Panel of judges. Two are honored as Ying Scholars and receive $2000 SCHOLARSHIPS from Dr. Nelson Ying. Each Scholar’s school or sponsoring organization receives a $500 award.

 

Genius Olympiad

Grades eligible:

9 – 12

Award Type:

Three projects – individual or teams of two – are selected for GO. These students and their chaperone receive an all-expense paid trip to the GO at SUNY Oswego in June.

Description:

GO-eligible projects seek science or engineering solutions to environmental problems in one of five competition categories. WNYRSEF’s GO Finalists will compete for Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention awards, each of which includes an electronic gift. GO Finalists who interview with SUNY Oswego during GO Week receive conditional acceptance letters to the College.

 

Broadcom MASTERS

Grades eligible:

6 – 8

Award Type:

The Regional Award includes a medallion and advancement to first-round Broadcom Masters.

Description:

Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) is the middle-school national competition designed to inspire and encourage the nation’s young scientists, engineers and innovators. The top 10% of WNYRSEF’s 6th-8th graders will advance to the online round in which they explain their science projects and demonstrate their use of STEM principles. The 300 Semifinalists selected from the online round then compete for one of 30 all-expense paid trips to the national Finals and a cash award of $500.

 

American Chestnut Award
Grades eligible: 5 – 12
Award Type: Certificate
Description: Awards are given for any research project focusing on the repopulation of the American  Chestnut Tree.
Environmental Award
Grades eligible: 5 – 12
Award Type: Certificate
Description: Awards are given for projects which involve the environment, including environmental studies, projects, and solutions to problems with qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.
Mensa Award
Grades eligible: 10 – 12
Award Type: $250 Scholarship Award
Description: Mensa is committed to identifying and fostering human intelligence for the benefit of humanity. This scholarship award is given to a student presenting an outstanding project in the Senior category.
Navy/Marine Corps Distinguished Achievement Award
Students must be U.S. citizens, indigenous peoples of the United States, or permanent residents of the United States or its territories at the time of selection.
Grades eligible: 9 – 12
Award Type: Certificate and mail-in award certificate worth $50.00 is awarded to the top Gold Medallion recipients based on the number of 9th through 12th grade student participants. Awardees are invited to enter their projects at the national level.
Description: No team projects are allowed.  Judging is normally independent of the WNYRSEF and usually conducted by representatives of the Navy/Marine Corps from our local area when available. Freshman, sophomore, and junior gold medallion recipients are encouraged to apply for and participate in the JSHS (Junior Science and Humanities Symposia). 
Grades eligible: 6 – 8
Award Type: Certificate is awarded to the top Gold Medallion recipients based on the number of 6th through 8th grade student participants.
Description: Judging is normally independent of the WNYRSEF and usually conducted by representatives of the Navy/Marine Corps from our local area when available.