Information on NJRSF-2018
The Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF for 2017 was held at Rutgers New Brunswick March 10-11. The top awards, the ISEF trips, went to students from three schools: Bergen County Academy, Somerset County Vocational High School, and Watchung Hills Regional High School. Four additional schools were represented in the group of finalists who presented their work in the final round of the competition Saturday afternoon: Millburn High School, Montgomery High School, Pascack Hills High School, and Woodbridge High School. For the full list of over 200 awards, please see the NJRSF 2017 Press Release.

The Intel ISEF 2017 was held May 14-19, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA, with over 1775 students from 78 countries in attendance. Our six students, including one observer, had a great time, and made new friends from all over the world. In the words of one of them: "The past week at Intel ISEF has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life." In addition to winning three awards (Clairisse Whang won 2nd place, Catherine Chen won 3rd, and Neelay Trivedi won 4th, in their respective categories), all of our students were interviewed by Envision TV, and those interviews will be posted online in the next few weeks. The first one, for Catherine Chen, is already up on their website. Other links will be added here as the interviews are posted.

We are proud to announce that Nokia Bell Labs has become our first Title Sponsor. The Fair is now renamed the Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair, or Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF, for short. Through a generous multi-year donation, Nokia Bell Labs has committed its name and brand to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in its home state of New Jersey. As part of this commitment, we are delighted to have the Nokia Bell Labs President, Dr. Marcus Weldon, make introductory remarks at the Awards Ceremony and present the Grand Prize ISEF Trip Awards.

The Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF-2017 was held March 10-11 on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University. Click on the link for the list of projects, fair schedule, directions and more!
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.

Important Dates for 2017 (below)

ISEF Trips

Since its inception, the NJRSF has sent over 150 students to the International Science and Engineering Fair. We plan to send 5 projects again in 2017. These trips are supported by the general funds of the fair, which are drawn both from major corporate sponsors and from support by individuals. 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.

Submitting ISEF forms for 2017

Some students have had difficulty with the process of signing and submitting the forms. In this context please note that we will not accept forms that have been printed and scanned after signature. The PDF forms provided on the website must be submitted as digitally signed PDF forms, or they must be signed on our website. To help you out with this process, we've provided these new links here on the top page:

Note: Students in other NJ counties not covered by another ISEF affiliated fair, may enter the NJRSF. At this time, all counties south of Mercer are covered by the Delaware Valley Regional Science Fair, run by Henry Disston, 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 via the Hudson County Science Fair, run at Liberty Science Center.

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, or if a student lives in one region and goes to school in a different one), 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. As a matter of policy, the NJRSF does accept individual students who live or attend school in the ten counties of our region, and we also accept teams where at least one member meets this criterion. Both statements are subject to the ISEF rule mentioned above, though.

Students may want to get started on projects over the summer. Refer to the student information page for more information. In a nutshell, though, you should register your entry for the science fair before you initiate your project over the summer, and you should submit your research plan when it is available, so that it can be approved by our SRC.

Important Dates