Welcome to the Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair Region II

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Jackson State University College of Science, Engineering, and Technology proudly serves as the host of the Region II Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair. There are 7 MSEF Regions in Mississippi. Region II covers 6 counties including Hinds, Rankin, Claiborne, Copiah, Madison, and Warren counties. This includes all schools 1-12. The competition occurs on two levels: Upper Fair ( grades 7-12) and Lower Fair (grades 1-6). Every year, more than 1200 students participate in the regional fair representing their schools and their communities. Only grades 7-12 are eligible to progress to the State Level competition. If you want to participate but your school does not host a science fair or you are a part of a home school organization, please contact the Region II MSEF coordinator, you are welcome to enter. 


Regional Fair will be held Virtual  2021. The fee is $15.00 per student. Remember no more than 2 persons to a group.

Please refer to www.jsums.edu/fundevelop for more information

Judging for the upper fair will begin February 22, 2021, and will end February 26, 2021.  Please make sure all directions are followed. 

Judging for the lower fair will begin March 8, 2021, and will end March 12, 2021.

The State Level Science and Engineering Fair (grades 7-12) will be held by  Delta State University March 22-26, 2021- Virtually

Only Regional Directors may register students for State Fair.



  • General Information – Only class 3 (grades 7-8), class 4 (grades 9-10), class 5 (grades 11-12) (including teams) exhibitors from regional fairs can participate in the State Fair.
  • Participation is limited to those placing 1, 2 and 3 in each category including those designated as Regional Fair ISEF Finalists or alternates to these ISEF Finalists.
  • All MSEF Regional Fair Finalists and alternates from affiliated fairs are expected to participate in the State Fair.


Preregistration for the State Science and Engineering Fair will be processed directly by each Regional Fair Director. The original regional fair registration form (with attachments) for each person eligible to enter the State Fair will be forwarded to the State Fair for processing.


Delta State University, Cleveland, MS

Finalists from the State Fair 2021

Each of the two ISEF State Fair Finalists selected will be eligible to participate in the ISEF competition  TBA.   Strict compliance with all ISEF Rules is required. Others who may be eligible to attend the ISEF as OFFICIAL PARTY must be certified and otherwise authorized to participate by the State Fair and must also pay any and all expenses of attending.  


State of Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair CONTACT INFORMATION:

Elizabeth Joel & Marilyn Read

Region III Science Fair Co-Directors

Delta State University

Phone: 662-846-4871


website: www.deltastate.edu/sciencefair


Kristy Love-Kendrick
MSEF President
Jackson State University
JSU Box 18750
Jackson, MS 39217
Telephone: 601-979-4044
email: kristy.l.kendrick@jsums.edu


Kristy Love- Kendrick

Region II Director

Jackson State University





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What will the judge ask me?

When the judge comes to your project:
—-stand up, stick out your hand and say:
—-“Hi, my name is _____ and my project is ______ (state your title)”.
—-Then, BRIEFLY summarize the project in 1 minute (maybe 2).
—-Then, say: “Do you have any questions?”

PRACTICE this with friends and family – it will help with the nervousness.

Some judges will be judging their first science fair, while others will have judged several fairs at varying levels.  Nevertheless there are many common questions and, the more you have thought about them, the better your interview experience will be.

 20 Questions you should expect:

  • Where did you get this idea?
  • How did you come up with this title?
  • What research did you do?
  • What was your hypothesis?
  • Why did you think that would happen?
  • What were your independent and dependent variables?
  • What was your control?
  • What did you measure and how?
  • How did you calculate that result?
  • Why did you choose that amount, (or measurement, or piece of equipment, etc.)?
  • How did you replicate the experiment?
  • What does that graph tell you?
  • How variable were your results and what might explain the variability?
  • What did you base that conclusion on?
  • Why/How are your findings important?
  • Who might want to know this information?
  • What would be the next experiment you would do?
  • What was the hardest part (or most fun, or most exciting, or most surprising, etc.)?
  • Who helped you?
  • If you had to do it all over again, is there anything you would do differently?

Teacher Main Page

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Mississippi Region II Science and Engineering Fair. We are excited that you have joined us once again this year. I have uploaded a few files for your viewing and hopefully they are helpful to you. If you need me I am only a call and or email away. Lower fair students only need to upload their abstract. Upper fair please use the ISEF wizard and complete any forms you may need (mainly 9-12 graders that can go on to ISEF). 


Look forward to see you!




Q:  What forms are required for regional competition?
A.  This is a two part answer – please read both parts.

Part 1:  Grades 7-12.  All participants must complete prior to experimentation 1.) a student registration form, 2.) an abstract form, 3.) Form 1, 4.) Form 1A, 5.) a research plan, and 6.) Form 1B and submit these forms to the regional fair by the deadline.  Please be sure that Box 2a on Form 1B is signed by the SRC/IRB Chair for your school.  Additionally, if the project involves the use of humans, vertebrate animals, microorganisms, biohazards, dangerous chemicals or activities, additional paperwork may be required.  See the ISEF rules and regulations for exact paperwork needed or visit the FORMS wizard(https://apps2.societyforscience.org/wizard/index.asp).

Part 2:  Grades 1-6.  All participants must submit a 1.) student registration form and 2.) an abstract.  This can be done online.  It is at the discretion of the Region V MSEF team to determine if a research plan is needed.  Additionally, if the project involves the use of humans, vertebrate animals, microorganisms, biohazards, dangerous chemicals or activities, Forms 1, 1A, a research plan and 1B as well as other additional paperwork may be required.  See the ISEF rules and regulations for exact paperwork needed or visit the FORMS wizard (https://apps2.societyforscience.org/wizard/index.asp).

Q: If the project has photos, is there anything we need to do as far as identifying them?
A: This is a two-part answer – please read both parts.
Part 1: The student researcher can be identifiable in the photos.  However, no straight on face shots are allowed. If others are in the photos,  he/she must have a photo release from the others in the photo.  In addition, their faces and such must be blurred in order to make them unidentifiable – especially if they are minors.
Part 2: As with all Graphs, Tables and pictures on a display, you must acknowledge who made them. For instance: Emily Thompson has graphs that her dad made for her, she simply has a small strip of paper next to it saying “Graph created by John Thompson using Microsoft Word”. If the student did all the photography, table creation and graphing displays, a simple table tent or small note at the bottom of the board can state “All graphics, tables and photos by the researcher using Microsoft Excel and iPhone’. Without these statements, students will be disqualified by display and safety and not be allowed to compete. (Please refer to ISEF rules)

Q: Do we bring our own tables or will they be provided? What about chairs?
A: Tables are provided for all presenters. You will be provided a space that is a little bigger than 3 ft x 3 ft.   Chairs will be available.  Once judging start the chair will be placed under the table.

Q: Can I have live flowers or plants as part of my display since that is what I studied?
A: No. Please refer to the display rules in the ISEF rules book (available on the resources page of this website). Items prohibited include but are not limited to: glass ware, plant materials (live or dead), soil samples, animals, animal products, taxidermied animals or furs, food products (including fruit or vegetables used to power clocks) nor chemicals of any kind including water.

Q: Can I bring my PSP or Gameboy to play with? What about my iPod?   iPad?  iPhone?  Cell Phone?
A: No. No. and No. We have prohibited the use of any electronic devices including cell phone
during judging times. We have too many problems with them. A book is an excellent substitute – or try a Sudoku or crossword puzzle. If you are found to be using an electronic device during judging times, you may be disqualified. There is an exception to this rule.  If your project required the use of an electronic device, you may pick up an electronic permission slip at the registration desk.  If you do not have an electronic permission slip, you will be disqualified.  However, the electronic device is only to be used during judging.  It is recommended that you do not leave the electronic device unattended.  Please Note:  Region II MSEF staff, judges, volunteers, College of Science, Engineering & Technology associates, and/or Jackson State University are not responsible if the item is damaged or stolen.  It is the student’s responsibility.

Q: What does each student need to bring?
A: Each student will need to bring their display board, log book, and other items that qualify for display. We will have a small number of chairs for students to use.  Students should also bring a book to read or other activity.  We do not allow electronic games or other expensive items as we cannot guarantee their safety.  Students are welcome to bring a water bottle but they need to be stored out of sight from their display.

Q: What will parents be doing?
A: Absolutely NO PARENTS allowed on or near the judging floor.  During judging, parents and teachers will be required to stay in the designated area in the coliseum away from the judging areas.  Please plan on sitting for quite a while.  Common activities for parents include: listening to music, reading, texting and sleeping.  Students will be required to leave the judging areas during lunch time.

Q: What about lunch?
A: The gym concessions will be open for a limited time, usually 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.  Some schools select to bring lunches or purchase lunch from a local restaurant as a group.  Please speak with your student’s teacher regarding this topic. 

Q: What should parents do to support their child in this event?
A: The most important thing a parent can do is support their student.  Give honest feedback and praise for work well done.  Not everyone will win, but your student should be congratulated for being selected to attend the Regional Fair. Additionally, be assured that the judges and fair personnel do their utmost to be objective and fair in all cases.  Feeding a child’s disappointment with unjustified complaints can lead to discouragement and unfounded frustration with the learning process.  If you feel there is a real issue that needs to be addressed, the key teacher from your school has a procedure for concerns. Review the rules with your student.  We often find that students and parents who do not, often have issues with their projects including violations for having plants, animal products and soil samples at their display which can lead to disqualifications. For complete rules visit: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/document/

Q:  What are the judging criteria?
A:  It is very important to keep in mind the criteria you will be judged on when creating you project, display and presentation.  Be sure that you have answers to all of the criteria on your board on in your presentation.  Judges focus on creativity and presentation.  For a complete list of judging criteria, visit the volunteers and judges tab on the Home Page.

Q:  Who will compete at state competition and is there anything additional required for state competition?
A: Only students in Grades 7-12 who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the regional competition qualify to compete at the state competition.  No additional fees or paperwork are needed for state competition. Please Note:  Schools or participants are responsible for travel costs associated with transportation, lodging, meals, etc. for students competing at the state competition.

Q:  What if my school does not have a science fair?  Can I still participate in science fair? 
A:  Yes.  You will have to register as an individual.  You will have to fill out all proper paper work prior to experimentation.  Submit the paperwork to the Regional Director, Kristy Kendrick.  The paperwork will be submitted to the University SRC/IRB board for review.  REMEMBER, this must be done prior to experimentation. It would be best to contact the Director as soon as possible to prevent disqualification.

Judge Main Page

Welcome to the 2020 Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair Region II!! We are super excited that you have agreed to judge this year Science Fair. This year judging will be virtual. More information will be given at a later date.  Please take time to review the judges guidelines that was email to you.



Thank you again for taking the time to make a difference in a young scientist life.



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