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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 on Monday, April 12.

Special Awards

The following organizations may give special category awards:

  • American Electric Power Foundation
  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • ASM Materials Education Foundation
  • Association for Women Geoscientists
  • Dominion Energy
  • Intel Excellence in Computer Science
  • Leidos Corporation
  • Mark Licata Award for Biotechnology (VA Bio)
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • NASA Earth System Science Award
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Regeneron Biomedical Science Award
  • Ricoh Sustainable Development Award
  • Society for In Vitro Biology
  • Stockholm Jr. Water Prize
  • U.S. Metric Association Award
  • Yale Science and Engineering Award
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Science Champion Award
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Award, Office of Naval Research


Beyond Virginia

The International Science and Engineering Fair offers these categories for the next level of competition.