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These Special Awards are given out separately from the blue ribbons and medals that the regular Fair judges award.   Special Awards are sponsored by outside organizations who provide their own judges and criteria.

If you have any questions contact  ScienceFairSpecialAward@gmail.com

Alstede Agricultural Achievement Award

Bayer Science for a Better Life Award

Chandler Engineering Design Award

Chester Township Police Forensic Science Award

Environmental Award

Montclair State University Food Science Award

Schiff Nature, Garden, and Ecology Award

Psychology Award

Veterinary Scholar Award

 

Alstede Agricultural Achievement Award
Sponsored by Alstede Farms and the Alstede Family
Students competing for the “4-A” award need to prepare projects that will be judged utilizing the following criteria:

1.  Demonstration of alternative methods for growing food and fiber, or
2.  Demonstration of manipulation of plant growing conditions to improve productivity, or
3.  Demonstration of responsible care of natural resources in the production of food and fiber, or
4.  Demonstration of the impact of insects and disease on the production of food and fiber.

Projects will be evaluated on their use of the scientific method and their originality.

Competition is open to all grade levels and three awards will be presented. 

Qualifying project categories would include the following: Botany, Ecology, Entomology, Microbiology, Physiology, Zoology, Environmental Science, and Pharmacology.

 

Bayer Science for a Better Life Award 
Sponsored by Bayer Corporation

Dear Student, Thank you for your interest in Bayer's Science for a Better Life Award.  As you can imagine, science is one of our favorite subjects!  Through our Making Science Make Sense program, we hope to inspire more students to become scientists when they grow up.  Our company and many other companies rely on scientists to come up with new inventions.

For this challenge, we are accepting your ideas for projects that focus on the health and wellbeing of people to benefit people's health and improve their quality of life.

A qualifying project must meet the following criteria:
- Scientific Thought - demonstrates clear purpose or or question that is industry related
- Uniqueness of Project - demonstrates original / creative / or inventive way
- Scientific Method Utilized - including utilization of lab notebook
- Demonstrates clear understanding of project based on student's explanation
- Summarizes a conclusion that follows logically from data

Award is open to students in grades 3-8.

Qualifying Project Categories: Anatomy, Artificial Intelligence, Biochemistry, Ecology, Health and Hygiene, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology,  Product Testing

 

Chandler Engineering Design Award 
Sponsored by Chandler Engineering

A qualifying project will identify a problem in an existing design and use the Scientific Method to propose, build, and test possible solutions to improve the design.  

Standard judging criteria will apply, such as:
1. Application of scientific principles in design and execution.
2. Creativity and originality in approach and implementation.
3. Demonstration of understanding of underlying principles of the project.
4. Thorough design of prototypes and implementation plans supported by data analysis.
5. Emphasis on data analysis in the testing and retesting of prototypes.
6. Conclusion that follows logically from data analyses and scientific experimentation.
7. Quality of presentation, including identification of a target audience/study group, discussion regarding inherent problems(s) and demonstration of how redesign improves/impacts the study group/target audience.

Open to students in grades 6-8.

Qualifying Project Categories: Aeronautics, Energy, Magnetism, Physics, Polymers

 

Environmental Award
Presented by the Chester Township Environmental Commission

The following types of projects will be considered:

  1. Help protect or restore the natural environment,
  2. Show people how to use natural resources more wisely,
  3. Increase awareness of environmental concerns or solutions, or
  4. Help improve an environmental concern.

Standard judging criteria will apply, such as:

  1. Applying scientific principles in design and execution
  2. Creativity in planning and execution
  3. Demonstrated understanding of underlying principles
  4. Conclusion that follow logically from data analyses
  5. Quality of presentation

This award is open to projects in grades 3-8.
Qualifying project categories would include: Ecology, Environmental Science, Energy.

 

 Montclair State University Food Science Award
Presented by  John Specchio, Montclair State University

  1. Open to grades 3-8
  2. Project must focus on improving food quality, nutrition or safety.
  3. To be considered for this award a project may NOT be product testing, e.g. Do people prefer Brand A or Brand B?

Qualifying project categories would include the following: Botany, Ecology, General Chemistry, Health & Hygiene, Food Science.

 

Schiff Nature, Garden, and Ecology Award

Presented by Schiff Nature Preserve

1. Open to grades K-2

2. Demonstrate flower or vegetable planting, germination, or growing techniques.

3. Demonstrate healthy backyard habitats for plants/ insects/ animals / water conservation.

Qualifying project categories would include Botany, Ecology, Entomology, or Environmental Science

 

Psychology Award

Presented by Susan Neigher, PhD, Yvonne Hanson, PhD, and Heather Watson-Perez, PhD

  1. Open to grades 3-8
  2. Projects focused on understanding thoughts, feelings or behaviors
  3. Use of scientific method, relevant research and scholarly excellence are required

Qualifying project categories would include: Behavorial Science, Psychology.

 

Veterinary Scholar Award
Presented by:  Christina Wilson, DVM 
Open to grades 3-8
1.  Project must focus on animals of any species except humans.
2.  Use of scientific method, relevant research and scholarly excellence required.
3.  Originality
4.  Quality of presentation
5.  All projects must be animal friendly.  Projects will not be considered if any animals were harmed
 
Qualifying project categories are Behaviorial Science,  Zoology or other animal topics.
 
 

Chemistry and Physics Award
Sponsored by Educational Foundation of the Chesters
Open to grades: 6-8 
The following types of projects will be considered:

1. Increase understanding of chemistry, physics and related science topics
2. Demonstrate how chemistry or physics affects our everyday life  
3. Foster engagement and interest for these areas of science

Standard judging criteria will apply, such as:

1. Applying scientific principles in design and execution
2. Creativity and originality in approach and implementation.  
3. Demonstrate understanding of underlying principles of the project
4. Strong evidence of laboratory and/or field work 
5. Conclusion that follows logically from data analyses and scientific thoroughness 
6. Quality of presentation

Qualifying Project Categories: Aeronautics, Biochemistry, Crystal growth, Chemistry, and Physics.



NJ State Nurse Association Award
Sponsor:  N.J. State Nurse Association, Region One. 
The criteria for this award are:
1.  Focus on disease, pathology, health protection, disease prevention, or human responses to health phenomena.
2.  Use of scientific method, relevant research and scholarly excellence are required.
3.  Quality of presentation.

Two awards are given in grades 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. 
Qualifying Project Categories:  Health and Hygiene, Microbiology, Physiology

 

Chester Township Police Forensic Science Award

Sponsored by the Chester Township Police Department

Open to grades: 3-8.

A qualifying project would focus on using the scientific method in a forensic environment, for maintaining public safety or solving crimes.

This could include, but is not limited to:  examination of fingerprints, hair, clothing fibers, teeth or soil, determination of speed using radar, simulated distracted driving, trajectory or splatter patterns, DNA, observation skills as an eye-witness, decomposition or preservation of organic materials, sound/voice patterns, or lie detection.

Projects will demonstrate:

1.  Application of the scientific method and understanding of the underlying principles
2.  Creativity and originality
3.  Timely and relevant research to the field of forensic science
4.  A conclusion drawn logically from the data

Qualifying Project Categories: Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Behavioral Science, Psychology, Health and Hygiene