Deadline Submission – March 1

Submit Your Abstract See If We Received Your Abstract

An abstract is a brief, written explanation of the research project. The abstract contains a succinct description of the project’s purpose, the procedures followed, the data collected, and the conclusions reached. This must all be accomplished in 250 words or less.

Every project at our science and engineering fair is required to have an abstract submitted as part of registration and an abstract on the project display board. (When the fair is not held virtually, extra copies of the abstract should be available on your table for preliminary and finalist judges, though this is not a requirement.)

In submitting the abstract you are attesting that the nature of the work and your involvement is accurately described. If some portion is not your work, it should not be part of your abstract unless you cite the assistance. It is OK to receive help with the project but that help must be acknowledged. Please read the CSEF Ethics Statement.

Learn more about preparing your abstract here.

Abstracts are due by 11:59PM on March 1. They will be posted on the CSEF website for reading by our judges. Do not submit until your research is complete. Judging starts before you arrive at the Fair as judges review your uploaded materials.

Download 2023 Abstracts for Pre-Fair Screening. Abstracts for the 2023 fair will be posted after March 1.

2023 Middle School Life Abstracts (Projects 1001-2599)
2023 High School Life Abstracts (Projects 3001-3599)
2023 Middle School Physical Abstracts (Projects 4001-5599)
2023 High School Physical Abstracts (Projects 6001-6599)

2023 Special Categories Abstracts – These are based on the technical disciplines that the students selected during project registration. Hence, they are only recommendations. See Fair Categories and Technical Disciplines listing for more details.

  • Applied Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Computer Science
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Future Sustainability
  • Mathematics
  • Technical High Schools
  • Urban School Challenge
  • Women in Science and Engineering

Abstract Archive

2022 High School Physical Abstracts (Projects 6001-6999)
2022 Middle School Physical Abstracts (Projects 4001-5999)
2022 High School Life Abstracts (Projects 3001-3999)
2022 Middle School Life Abstracts (Projects 1001-2999)

2021 High School Physical Abstracts
2021 Middle School Physical Abstracts
2021 High School Life Abstracts
2021 Middle School Life Abstracts

2020 High School Physical Abstracts
2020 Middle School Physical Abstracts
2020 High School Life Abstracts
2020 Middle School Life Abstracts

2019 Abstracts

2018 Abstracts

2017 Abstracts

2016 Abstracts

2015 Abstracts

2014 Abstracts

2013  Abstracts

2012 Abstracts