Each year the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair offers four awards by category. Additionally, student exhibits may receive one of several 'special category' awards.

First place category winners are eligible to participate in the Grand Prize competition. Places are awarded as follows: The Governor's Award and Grand Prize, Second Grand Prize and Third Grand Prize. Winners will be announced at the award ceremony.

Category Awards

There are awards for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention for each of the following categories, provided there are sufficient entries:

  • Animal Science
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth and Planetary Science
  • Energy and Transportation
  • Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical
  • Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Plant Sciences

Special Awards

The following organizations may give special category awards:

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • ASM Materials Education Foundation
  • Association for Women Geoscientists
  • INCOSE Award
  • Intel Excellence in Computer Science
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • NASA Earth System Science Award
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Ricoh Sustainable Development Award
  • Society for In Vitro Biology
  • Stockholm Jr. Water Prize
  • U.S. Metric Association Award
  • Yale Science and Engineering Award
  • ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Award, Office of Naval Research
  • Central Virginia Chapter INCOSE Award
  • VA Section of the American Water Works Association
  • Mark Licata Award for Biotechnology (VA Bio)
  • Leidos Corporation
  • VA Dental Association: Science Talent Awards Program