STANYS New York State Science Congress (NYSSC)

STANYS New York State Science Congress will be held at  Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) in Syracuse, NY on June 8, 2019.  The event runs from 7 a.m until 4:30 p.m.

Requirements and Expectations

The Science Teachers Association of NY State (STANYS) New York State Science Congress has a junior division (grades 6-8) and a senior division (grades 9-12). Students may work alone or in a team of up to three participants. Students present their research orally to judges, community observers and other students in a lecture format.

How to Qualify for the STANYS New York State Science Congress:

(1) Chosen from a Regional Science Congress;

(2) If there is no Regional Science Congress in the student’s area, he or she may be sponsored by a local public or private school.  Direct entry sponsored student research must be sent to the State Director by March 31st of the year of the competition. The State Science Congress Committee will make the final decision as to whether the student can compete. All rules and regulations must be followed. Check the STANYS website for required forms and due dates.

Selection of WNYRSEF Representatives at STANYS New York State Science Congress:

Judges and members of the WNYRSEF will review the top project medal winners and, as a rule, select up to three (3) representatives from the High School level (grades 9 to 12) and up to three (3) representatives from the Middle School level (grades 6 to 8) to compete in the STANYS New York State Science Congress. The number that may attend is based on the number of students registered at the WNYRSEF.

Students who are selected as representatives of the WNYRSEF should prepare their projects as lectures in order to participate in the (STANYS) New York State Science Congress. Representatives will be given a packet to fill out when their names are announced at the WNYRSEF Awards Ceremony. The STANYS liaison will meet with the students immediately after the awards ceremony to explain contents of the packet. Teachers/ sponsors are also asked to be present for this explanation.

STANYS Awards Dinner

The Western Section of STANYS sponsors an awards dinner each year in May. These awards recognize individuals who support science education or demonstrate excellence in science teaching, as well as student winners from the WNYRSEF.

WNYRSEF student winners are invited to attend this dinner as guests of WNY Science Congress, Inc., and will be introduced and given the opportunity to present their winning projects. The teachers and sponsors of the winning students are also invited to attend the awards dinner to be recognized for their efforts and the time devoted to helping these students. For information regarding the STANYS Awards Dinner, please contact

Funding and Expenses

Western New York Science Congress, Inc. will:
A. pay the entry fee for each representative chosen to attend the STANYS New York State Science Congress. It is understood that, if the fee is paid and the student representative does not attend, the student shall reimburse WNY Science Congress, Inc. for the amount of the entry fee;

B. give each student an expense voucher for reimbursement up to $50.00 to cover small expenses (such as Thruway tolls, parking fees, and supplies for the presentation). Additional funding may be available. Please note that WNYSC, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for -profit and does not pay tax. Any taxes should be subtracted from the total amount. The voucher with attached receipts must be signed and mailed to :
WNY Science Congress, Inc.
P.O. Box 225
Cheektowaga, NY 14225-0225
Vouchers must be postmarked by the last day of June for reimbursement.