Southwest Association for Education in Biomedical Research - SwAEBR

What are science and engineering fairs?  They are an organized exhibition of work done which follows specific rules and guidelines.  The students compete through their exhibits and demonstrations of projects to the judges and public.  The exhibit represents a chosen category: Biology, Chemistry, Environment, Mathematics, Engineering, and Physical Science.

Local classroom and school fairs are the first step in the pathway.  Top 3 exhibits may wish to participate in other fairs.  Consider each fair a challenge to improve your project under your teacher's supervision. 

Science Fair Contact Information

Our 2013 Science Fair Winners   Past Winners: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

The following are web site contacts for the regional Science Fairs in Arizona.  These fairs award cash and trophies to many winners, we are also pleased to provide mentoring &/or advice regarding projects involving Biomedical Research. 

Please contact SwAEBR and the fair in your area for more information.



Arizona School for the Deaf & Blind
(The Fair will be held February 2015 at the Tucson Campus of ASDB)
Eligible Grades: K-12
Phone Contact:

Arizona Science & Engineering Fair (ASEF-Phoenix)
Phoenix Convention Center, April 6-10, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Gutierrez  Email:

SSVEC's Youth Engineering and Science Fair  (SSVEC YES-Sierra Vista)

(The Fair will be March 23-27, 2015, at the Windermere Hotel & Conference Center)
Eligible Grades: 5-12
Contact:  Mr. David Bane   PHONE: (520)515-3472
Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair  (SARSEF-Tucson)
(The Fair will be held March 9-13, 2015 at the Tucson Convention Center.)
Eligible Grades: K-12
Contact:  Kathleen Bethel  PHONE: (520) 621-8646



New Mexico

April 4-5, 2014 - New Mexico Tech Campus, Socorro, NM

Next year's date: March 3-4, 2015

Four Corners Regional Science Fair


Shelby L. Alexander, Director
608 Balsam
Grants, NM  87020
Phone:  505-287-3604
Cell: 505-695-0361


1st Deadline for Human Animal Protocol: November 2, 2012


2nd Protocol Deadline (Corrections ONLY):

December 3, 2012

ENTRY FEE:  $15 per project 

FAIR DATES:  March 8-9, 2013



San Juan Regional Science Fair

Cindy Colomb, Cordinator
Farmington Municipal School District
Hermosa Middle School

Farmington, NM 87401
Phone: 505-599-8612



ENTRY FORM DEADLINE:  February 22,2013
ENTRY FEE:  $10 per exhibitor


  March 8-9, 2013 (TENTATIVE)

    Farmington Civic Center


No team projects category.  Teams will compete in regular categories



Northeastern Regional Science Fair

Rosalie Torres-Martinez, Director
New Mexico Highlands University
LSSB, Rm 238
Las Vegas, NM  87701
Phone:  505-454-3557      

Fax:  505-454-3559



Protocols/Forms Deadline:

   December 7, 2012



   February 13, 2013

ENTRY FEE:  $15 per exhibitor

FAIR DATE:  March 2, 2013 (TENTATIVE)





Southeastern Regional Science Fair


Ken Cradock, Director

Eastern New Mexico University,

Station 18, JWLA 129,

Portales, NM  88130
Phone:  505-562-2309
Fax: 505-562-4091



December 12, 2012



November 21, 2012



December 18, 2012 (Tentative)


ENTRY FEE: $12 per exhibitor

FAIR DATE:   February 23, 2013 (Tentative)




Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge


Karen Kinsman, Director/Sr. Program Manager


Erin Garcia, Program specialist, main contact

STEM Education Outreach Programs
MSC 02 1570, Hokona Hall (Zuni), Room 356
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001
Phone:  505-277-4916      

Fax:  505-277-5592 or





ENTRY FEE: $18 per exhibitor

FAIR DATES: March 15-17, 2013


There will no longer be a team projects category.  Teams will compete in regular categories



Southwestern Regional Science Fair


Avis James, Director
Associate Professor, Biology
New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3AF
Las Cruces, NM  88003-8001
Phone:  575-646-5471
Fax:    575-646-5665



  February 9, 2014 (Tentative)


FAIR DATES: March 7-8, 2014


  NM State University Corbett Center


There will no longer be a team projects

category.  Teams will compete in regular categories.


Future dates:

March 6-7, 2015
March 4-5, 2016

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014

Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California
May 11-16, 2014

 Future ISEF dates:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 10-15, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona, May 8-13, 2016
Los Angeles, California, May 14-19, 2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 13-18, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona, May 12-17, 2019


The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public, and the world's largest international pre-college science competition, is coming to Los Angeles!

 The premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12 provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 65 countries, regions, and territories to display their independent research.

 SSP is honored by Intel's commitment to this program through 2019.


How You Can Get Involved...

Watch our video to learn more about how you can volunteer and support Intel ISEF 2014 in Los Angeles. SSP, Intel, and the Los AngelesLocal Arrangements Committee are seeking partners for Intel ISEF 2014, please contact us if you are interested in partnering as an exhibitor or award provider.


Interested in being a general volunteer?

More than 500 volunteers across a spectrum of activities are needed. Volunteer opportunities are available during the week in a range of shifts. We encourage you to explore all of the volunteer opportunities and experience Intel ISEF in your community. No scientific background required.


Interested in serving as an Intel ISEF Judge?

For Intel ISEF 2014 Judges are needed in 17 scientific disciplines across the sciences. Judging will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center starting on the afternoon of Wedsday, May 14 through Thursday, May 15, 2014. Judges must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent (D.O., Ed.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., etc.) OR a minimum of six years related professional experience beyond receiving their B.A., B.S., or Master’s degree.


Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Intel ISEF 2014 in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, SSP is unable to provide financial compensation for travel or housing for volunteers.


Interested in a mentor?  Visit the University of Arizona Researcher Database Home Page. At this site you can do key word searches to identify researchers. The data included is name, telephone, email, and a paragraph regarding their research interest. Most of these people are willing to help science fair students.

The best way of contacting the individual with questions is usually through an initial e-mail.  The students can state their question(s) and the researchers will have an easier time of answering if it is on their own time.  They are usually pretty busy with research and quite often teaching, so give them a few days.  It is suggested to contact a couple of individuals to get a wider selection of information.

Other good resources:

Project SOARS - resources and games for students.


Science Fair Info


Agricultural Ideas for Science Fair Projects.
Basic ideas for science fair projects.


All Science Fair Projects.
Projects, instructions, kits, ideas, astronomy to zoology.


A Science Fair Project Resource Guide.
How to; samples; ideas & magazines, resources from the Internet Public Library.


Best of the Web - Science Fairs.
It's a helpful resource for researching science fairs on the Internet.


Cyber - Fair.
For students and teachers grades 3 through 6.


Elmer’s Science Fair Central.
For students and teachers grades 3 through 6.


Excite Search Engine.
Education K-12: Home Work Help: Science; Education: Universities & Colleges: Fields of Study Science and Nature; plus listings of science fairs.


Fun Science Gallery.
How to Find Ideas for Science Fairs, Searching, Presentation.


Internet4Classrooms Science Fair Projects.
Links K-12, Teachers, online practice modules, anatomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics.


Kitchen Scientists - A Guide To Home Science Experiments.
Links to information on basic science projects.


NASA Headquarters Library: Science Fair Projects.
Astronomy & rocket science, stellar science projects, bibliography.


Resources for Science Learning.
Ideas, tips, sample projects from the Franklin Institute.


Science Buddies: Science Fair Project Resources.
Free science fair project ideas, answers, and tools for serious students.


Science Fairs - WWW Virtual Library.
A single comprehensive listing of every known science fair accessible through the world wide web, local or global. Physical Science Fairs listed by National/International; State; Regional & Local. Also Virtual Science Fairs.


Science Fairs Home Page.
The Eastern Newfoundland Science Fairs Council homepage is designed to aid students in getting ideas for a science fair project.


Science Fair Links.
London District Science and Technology Fair. Links to science fairs in Canada and the UK. Links to help with projects and other science education items.


The Science Fair Page.
By the Houston Public Library and School District. Information on science fairs.


Science Fair Projects.

From the Baltimore County Public Library: Preparation, Sources, Ideas.


Science Fair Projects & Experiments.
Topics, Ideas, Resources, Sample Projects for Elementary, Middle & High School Students.


Science Fair Projects: An Excellent Resource Page.
Videos, Links, List of Science Fairs on the Web, Projects.


Science Fair Projects, A Resource for Students & Teachers.
University of Medicine & Dentistry, New Jersey, University Libraries: Resource Guide, Yahoo List, Reference Services.


Science Fair Projects Resources.
Step by step Guide, Experiments & Ideas for K – College.


Science Fair Theme Page.
Introductory Level Guide, Links to Internet Sites, Ideas, Resources, Guidelines, Intermediate Level Guide.


Science Reference Services, Library of Congress.
Science Fair Projects, Elementary to High School Level, Guidance, Planning, Developing, Implementing.


Science Reference Services: Selected Internet Resources – Science Fair Projects.
From the Library of Congress: Selected Internet Resources for Science Fairs.


Super Science Fair Projects Ideas, Topics & Experiments
Explore the over 1,000 free science fair projects, ideas, resources, topic, experiments and abstracts. Teacher lesson plans. Parents’ guide.


The Ultimate Science Fair Resource.
Site index of hints, ideas, links, doing a project, writing reports, etc.


Yahoo Search Engine Science Fair Projects & Ideas
Web Directory Site Listing K-12, Projects to Download, . 


Animals in Education & Research


Access Excellence.
A place in cyber space for biology teaching & learning. Information for teachers in various areas of biology, collaborative section, teaching communities and more.


All You Can Eat.
Instant information on pesticides and other toxic chemicals in your food.


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS):
Science Linkages to the Community, Kids sites, Education and Human Resources programs, Science and Policy programs, Links around the world, Project 2061 - an education program for K-12 grades for science literacy, Science News and Information and more.


American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS):
Frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about animal research, Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Ethics page, Kids Page and more.


American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) - Minnesota Chapter:

Frequently asked questions (FAQ's); Care of Classroom Pets; Links to Animal sites; Educational Information for K-4th grades, 5th-8th grades and general education materials.


American Dairy Goat Association:
Provides fact sheets and brochures related to goat care and production including husbandry, milk production, health, hoof trimming and more.


American Dairy Science Association:
To stimulate the discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge. Includes links to university dairy related web sites, breed associations and databases.


Americans for Medical Progress Educational Foundation (AMPEF).
Student center with downloadable information, animal rights information, articles on benefits of research and more.


American Rabbit Breeders Association.
Dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of the rabbit and cavy industry. Offers books for sale on rabbit husbandry, show standards and more. Hot links, publications and FAQ's (frequently asked questions).


American Physiological Society (APS). (Animals) (Education)
Policy statement about animals in research; Information about APS educational materials, resources and programs for K-12, undergraduate and graduate students.


American Society of Primatologists (ASP).
An educational and scientific organization to promote and encourage the discovery and exchange of information regarding primates. Includes anatomy, behavior, development, ecology, evolution, genetics, nutrition, physiology, conservation, husbandry and more.


Animal Behavior Society.
Useful resources for animal behavior education, career development, laboratory exercises, Animal Cams, news and more.


Animal Industry Foundation (AIF).
Educates consumers about U.S. animal agriculture and its contributions to the quality of life. Information on programs sponsored by AIF.


Animal Network.
Information on pet animals, dog, cat, fish, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits & guinea pigs for pet owners.


Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Animal Care (USDA).
Information on the Animal Welfare Act, regulations, policies, lost pets and more.


Animals in Pre-College Education.
Information about ILAR, lots of information on laboratory animals and many links.


Animal Rights Net.
The site debunks many Animal Rights claims and states that Animal Rights advocates regularly mislead the public. Also has links to other individuals and groups challenging animal rights activists.


Animal Use in Veterinary Medical Education.
Animal use in veterinary medical education and research, Ethical considerations and Regulation of animal care and use.


Animal Welfare Information Center, USDA, NAL.
Information on animals used in research, publications and newsletter.


Animal Welfare Institute (AWI).
Concerns are humane treatment of laboratory animals, a ban on steel jaw leghold traps, preservation of threatened species, reform of the treatment of farm animals and more.


Applied Ethology Home Page.

Dedicated to the study of animal behavior. Resources for students and scientists.

Ark Animal Tracks.
A very interesting on-line magazine dedicated to the topics of exotic and captive wildlife. Topics range from behavior, training, enrichment & related issues such as conservation, education and research that effects animals.


ARS Science 4 Kids.
From the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) aimed at kids ages 8-13 with an interest in science.



A database of high-quality "AskA" services designed to link students, teachers, parents and other K-12 community members with experts on the Internet.


Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).
Conservation and education department includes resources for members.


Audubon Online.
From the National Audubon Society. Sections on Birds & Science, Kids & Education,

Conservation & Action and more.


The Australian Koala Foundation.
Lots of information on Koalas: All About Koalas, Science & Koalas, Photo Gallery, Koala Links, Education Resources, Kids Fun Page and more.


Breeds of Livestock.

Photos and information of many breeds of livestock and poultry in the world. Origin, location, by region, other species and links.


Presented by the Ornithological Council. Links to ten North American professional ornithological societies, publications, meetings, membership, etc.


Birmingham Zoo Website.
A multifaceted resource & reference source for animal information. Has site links to more than 3,000 animal species, plus lots of other information and links. Visit the animals, animal movies, animal omnibus-a list of web resources indexed by animal names, cool animal web pages and more.


California Biomedical Research Association (CBRA).
Educational programs for students and teachers in grades K-12, science forum information as well as information for the public. Curriculum materials available on the site.


Canadian Network of Toxicology.
Educational information on toxicology and the environment, links and more.


Canterbury Environmental Education Center: Pond Explorer.
A virtual investigation of smaller animals that live in ponds. Designed for younger pupils.


Chemicals & Human Health.
A web site on chemicals and human health. The site is designed to help high school students and teachers learn the basic principles of toxicology and scientific research, and to provide real-world applications of textbook concepts.


From the Boston University School of Medicine. Learning lab for students and teachers, club, camp, science fair projects and links.


Connecticut United for Research (CURE).
To promote public understanding of biomedical research. The information is oriented for students and teachers.


Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
Lots of information on birds. Bird of the week, bird source, bird identification, distribution, nestbox network, bird sounds and more.


DHHS Kids Links.
Department of Human Health Services page for kids. The information is for teachers, parents and links for kids. - Kids page.


Digital Frog International.
Biology and ecology software for education. A full interactive frog dissection including all major body systems.


Digital Learning Center for Microbial Ecology.
Multimedia science education project. Includes the Microbe Zoo and Microbe of the Week.


The DNA Files.
A series of nine 1-hour programs on biotechnology and genetic revolution. Also has excellent links to other genetics sites and a bibliography.


Dr. Koop's Community.
A web site produced under the guidance of the former US Surgeon General. In depth coverage of over 50 health and wellness topics, interactive forums and chat areas, an online pharmacy, a vast online drug encyclopedia/knowledge base and health news.


Education - Animals/Insects.
Biological information, pictures, primate gallery, Butterflies of North America, Zoom sharks, whale net, The Bear Den, Insects, and more.


Education World.
Information on education, resources, animals and more.
Lesson planning: Animals of the World. An Internet Scavenger Hunt.


The Electronic Zoo. - animal resources. - general.
A directory of all kinds of animals, veterinary information and about anything else you might want. Links to information about animal species, veterinary medicine and humane care and use of animals.


The Elephants of Cameroon, Saving Africa's Gentle Giants.
From the North Carolina Zoo in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature and the Chatham County (NC) school system. The site allows middle school teachers to guide their students in an interactive project with scientists traveling in Cameroon's national parks. Provides areas for students and teachers to learn about the project, meet the elephant-tracking team, participate in lessons and activities correlated with the tracking and also contribute their own ideas on several inquiry questions and elephant activities.


Encyclopedia Britannica
The complete Encyclopedia Britanica on line. Has 44 million words, 33 volumes. The best encyclopedia now available and it is free. A valuable resource.


The Endangered Animals of the World.
A learning project hosted by sites in the USA and Netherlands. Lots of information on endangered animals.


Environmental Diseases from A to Z.
Basic information on environmental diseases written for middle and high school students. Teacher support K-12, kids page.


Exotic Animals: Care & Conservation Resource Site.
Lots of information on exotic animals and links. Educational resources, training-operant conditioning and more.


The Exploratorium.
A hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception. Provides interactive online exhibits and exhibitions activities, science news and publications.


Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).
The Biologists Discover AMAZing Things page has color photographs of animals that contribute to medical research and images of magnified specimens of human tissues. Also links to Breakthroughs in Bioscience articles explaining how important discoveries are rooted is basic research.


Foundation for Biomedical Research.
NABR home page with links to related organizations, womens health, questions and facts on research, FAQ's about animals in research, educational materials and links.


4-H Horse References.
Reference materials on horses available for a moderate cost or free.


Lots of information and links on frogs for grades K-12.


Genes and Disease.
A good overview of the relationship between genetics and various diseases.


Guide to Animal Sounds on the Net.
A large index of birds and animals with names linked to the sounds. In English and other languages. Birds, mammals, frogs, toads, crocodiles, lizards and snakes, fish, insects, and links to other sites and pages.


The Heart: An Online Exploration.
Resource materials and good information on the heart.

Horseshoe Crab Information.
General educational information on horseshoe crabs and information on their use in research.


House Rabbit Society Home Page & Rabbit Care Guide.
Lots of information on rabbits.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The visible human heart. For young scientists and those becoming a scientist. Cool science for curious kids, science as a second language, virtual laboratory, and more.


The Human Body: An Online Tour.
A tour of the human body that includes sites for all ages plus lots of information about the body. Also a site called "Out in Space" that deals with the planets in our Solar system for 8-12 year olds.


IACUC Training & Learning Consortium Task Force (IACUC-TLC).
A resource for Institutional Animal Care & Use Committees (IACUC) members and staff. A link archive where online resources are organized in groups under menus and submenus, plus a kids question section for animal and biological science questions.


Indianapolis Zoo.
One of the most comprehensive zoo websites in the world. Includes both educational and entertaining features as well as interactive functions. "Web wonders" include elephant cams, interactive life research data for the whole family and digital tours of the zoo grounds. The site features a 360 degree moving photographic tour of the Forest Biome and visitors can access the animal database which includes photos and relevant information for most of the animal collection.


Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources (ILAR).
Information on the use of animals in research.


Instructional Materials for Agriculture: Animal Husbandry.
Information on animal husbandry, crop science, farm management and more.


Interactive Frog Dissection.
A step- by- step dissection of a preserved frog for high school biology class rooms.


Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Evaluation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM).
To coordinate and promote the development, validation and acceptance of alternative toxicological test methods in the U.S. Federal Government.


Kangaroo Conservation Center.
Information on various species of kangaroos and conservation.


Kids Health Homepage.
From the Nemours Foundation. Information for parents, teens and younger kids.


Kids Web: Biology & Life Sciences.
Lots of information on biology and life sciences for kids.


Little Scientists Products & Services.
The Little Scientists curriculum: Enrichment Classes; In-School field Trips; Classroom Modules and Learn-at-Home Kits.


Massachusetts Society for Medical Research (MSMR).
News room, learning center, information on animals in research, science beat and research library.


Michigan Society for Medical Research (MISMR).
Enrichment program for elementary students (Human & Animals) & High School students (Biomedical Science: Exploring the Issues). Also sponsors a speaker's bureau and an essay contest for middle and high school students. Educational material can be ordered from the site.


Mid-Continent Association for Agriculture, Biomedical Research & Education (MAABRE). (Teachers and students page) (Do's and Don'ts)
Do's and Don'ts of Using Animals in the Classroom plus many practical recommendations about choosing & caring for animals in the classroom. Related sites & information for teachers and students.


Mining Company Guide to Biology.
Provides links to a variety of biology resources on the Internet; animal behavior sites and educational information for grades K-5, 6-8 & 9-12.


Molecular Biology Program.

Biological database and course materials. Internet tools for K-12 teachers: Teaching Genetics

Using The Dog Genome Database. Web tools for teaching genetics; Bioethics and much more.


Monterey Bay Aquarium, E-QUARIUM.
Kids E-Q with Mysteries of the Deep and Splash Zone, Careers, E-Q Kids Guide to the ocean habitat and creatures, Aquarium Kids' Guide to the ocean and its animals, teachers E-Q, and much more. An excellent site


National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA).
The NASA website. Lots of interesting information on space shots and research.

NASA Human Space Flight.

NASA Education Program.

NASA Outreach Program.
Information for high school, undergraduate, graduate & teachers.


(list provided by AWIC)


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