The Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF is a high school student science competition in which
students, individually or in groups, present a wide variety of
Most of the projects are investigative in nature,
posing and attempting to answer some question or problem, either
through experimentation and design or in a theoretical sense.
All areas of science, math, and engineering are included.
The fair accepts entries from ten counties of northern New
Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic,
Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.
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The mission of the Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF is to support, encourage, and recognize student involvement in scientific research.
It is our belief that students can only truly appreciate the creative nature of the scientific process if they
have actually experienced it themselves.
In addition, we endeavor to provide resources which further this overarching goal, including giving students various opportunities to interact with professional scientists
The opportunity to partake of the NJRSF itself as well as the other resources we offer is intended to be
open to all high school students in the northern NJ region.
Since its inception, the NJRSF has sent over 150 students to the International Science and
Engineering Fair. These trips are supported by the general funds of the fair, which are drawn both from
major corporate sponsors and from support by individuals.
[Note: for 2021, there will be no actual trips, since the Regeneron ISEF will be virtual,
due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we will name projects to participate and be judged in that
If individuals are interested in contributing in support of this ongoing effort,
we provide a convenient mechanism on the website for our supporters to
make an online contribution via PayPal. (Simply use the "Donate" button at upper left).
For large contributions, we encourage the use of checks, since that avoids the fees charged by PayPal.
See our Individual Contribution page for further information.
Territories for ISEF-affiliated Fairs in the Region
Students in other NJ counties not covered by another ISEF affiliated fair, may enter the NJRSF.
All counties south of Mercer are covered by Delaware Valley Science Fairs.
Students with individual projects in Mercer County should enter the Mercer Science and Engineering Fair,
run by the Mercer Science and Engineering Club, Inc. (This fair does not accept team projects, so those projects can enter the NJRSF
under our agreement with ISEF.) Students in Hudson County should enter the Jersey City Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health Hudson County STEM Showcase.
Students in all programs at the Bergen County Academies should enter the BCA Research Expo.
The NJRSF provides the only route for students from the ten
counties named above to gain entry to the Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair (ISEF), administered by the Society for Science and the Public in
Washington, DC. A list of helpful links are given at the left
for information on these associated entities.
In cases where the region is in question (i.e. for teams that cross fair boundaries), then an ISEF rule presides, which states that
no student may enter more than one regional fair affiliated with ISEF. That also means that a student may
not enter as an individual in one fair and as a team in another. One student can only be involved in one project in
one regional fair.