Competitions and Conferences

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2021-2022 Conferences and Competitions

State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS)

  • Virtual Event Date: Nov. 13, 2021

  • Cost: Free for 2021! (completely virtual)

  • Location: Virtual

  • Prize: None; Professional Conference

  • Presentation Type: Poster or Oral

  • NCSSM Sponsor: Dr. Sarah Shoemaker

  • Program Website: https://sncurcs.org/

NC State Science and Engineering Fair Virtual Showcase (NCSEF Regional; 2021-2022)

  • Registration Deadline: Varies (see below)

Online students: You must register in your region of your base school. Deadlines range December to January.

Residential students. You will register in NCSSM's own region. Deadline: Registration opens 11/29/21 and closes on January 14, 2022.

(if you have a team project of students at multiple schools and/or regions, see directions at top of this page)

  • Event Date: February 14, 2022 (NCSSM region only; other regions may have earlier or later dates)

  • Cost: None

  • Location: Virtual (residential students); online students compete in the region of their base school.

  • Prize: Advance to the State Science and Engineering Fair (Date TBA)

  • Presentation Type: Project Presentation and Quad Chart pdf files

  • NCSSM Sponsor: Dr. Bennett for NCSSM region (announced 11/9/21); Dr. Shoemaker can help with questions for online students.

  • Program Website: Link

  • REQUIREMENTS: Scientific Review Committee approval, contact your NCSSM instructor or the SRC Chair (Dr. Paul Namaste, paul.namaste@ncssm.edu) for projects initiated at NCSSM.

Regeneron Science Talent Search

  • Top 300 Results Announced: Early January 2023

  • Top 40 Finalists Announced: Late January 2023

  • Cost: None

  • Location: N/A

  • Prize: Cash Prizes ranging from $2,000-$250,000 and a trip to D.C. for the top 40 finalists

  • Presentation Type: Paper

  • NCSSM Sponsor: Not needed

  • Program Website: https://student.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS; 2021-2022 dates March 21-22)

  • Registration Deadline: Varies (see below)

Online students: Your chaperone (teacher/parent) must register by December 14, 2021; students must register by January 17th, 2022. Contact

Residential students: By Dec. 13, 2019. Inform Dr. Bruno of your intent to register by filling out this short Google Form (now closed).

  • Symposium Dates: March 21-22, 2021

  • Cost: Hotel provided by JSHS; travel costs.

  • Location: University of North Carolina at Charlotte (in 2020)

  • Prize: Potential to advance past the regional level, Public recognition and certificates, honoring achievement and interest in research pursuits

  • Presentation Type: Paper or Poster

  • NCSSM Sponsor: Residential students must meet internal registration guidelines to compete.

  • Program Website: Link

  • REQUIREMENTS: *** JSHS is an individual competition. Team projects must be presented by only one student and that student is solely eligible for the scholarship award. ***

North Carolina Student Academy of Science (NCSAS; dates not yet available)

Online students. You will compete in the region of your base school before advancing to state competition

Residential students. You will register as part of the state competition.

  • Competition Date: March 25, 2022

  • Cost: Registration Cost-- Dinner included

  • Location: NCSSM (Note: NCSSM Residential Students compete directly at the State Competition; Online students start at regional competitions)

  • Prize: Potential to advance past the state level, Public recognition and certificates, honoring achievement and interest in research pursuits

  • Presentation Type: Paper and Oral

  • NCSSM Sponsor: Dr. Monahan

  • Program Website: https://www.ncsas.org

BioGENius

  • Competition Date: Same as NCSAS

  • Cost: Registration Cost-- Dinner included

  • Location: NCSSM Note: NCSSM Residential Students compete directly at the State Competition; Online students start at regional competitions)

  • Prize: Attendance at International BioGENius Challenge

  • Presentation Type: Paper. Their paper is scored anonymously by 3 judges independently of NCSAS and the winner is announced as a special award for NCSAS at the state competition.

  • NCSSM Sponsor: Dr. Monahan

  • Program Website: https://www.ncsas.org/registration

NC International Science Competition (Research or Maker Projects)

  • Event Date: December 8 (if nominated); March 2020 (finalists)

  • Cost: None

  • Location: North Carolina for next round.

  • Prize: Travel to the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

  • Presentation Type: Paper

  • NCSSM Sponsor: Not needed to apply

  • Program Website: https://www.ncsmt.org/competitions/ncisc/

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