The NJRSF for 2022 will again be fully virtual. We had hoped to do it in person, but circumstances do not allow that path, and we have now (Dec 4, 2021) made the decision to hold it virtually. The procedures will be similar to those used in 2021. The public presentation will be fully virtual.
We are now accepting entries for NJRSF-2022.
The Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF is a high school student science competition in which students, individually or in groups, present a wide variety of projects. 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. The navbar (above) gives useful navigation links for this website.

Our Mission

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 and engineers. 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.

ISEF Trips

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 2022, there will be no actual trips. The Regeneron ISEF will be hybrid, but with our own decision to remain virtual, we feel that our ISEF participation must be as well. Our finalists will participate and be judged remotely.] 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.