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Welcome to our website for the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair! We are looking forward to another great year and working with you to give your students an interesting, worthwhile, and enjoyable Science Fair experience.

The road to the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair (LSEF) starts in middle and high schools all around the state. Students compete to advance from their school-level fairs to a regional fair, and then to the Louisiana statewide event. Top Senior Division winners from around the state have the opportunity to take part in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Intel ISEF Complete Information

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Congratulations to all finalists that attended Intel-ISEF 2016 in Phoenix, AZ., May 8-13, 2016. 1760 finalists from 77 countries competed in this most prestigious high school science fair. Below is a list of Louisiana winners!!

Complete List of Intel-ISEF Winners!
ISEF Grand Award Winners
ISEF Special Award Winners

LSU Press Release - Louisiana Students Place among Grand Award Winners at Intel ISEF 2016

Natalie Marie Bush, 17, Saint Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Region 7)
Project: Earth and Environmental Sciences -Staying Afloat: Utilizing the Physiological Adaptation Mechanisms of Marsh Vegetation and the Use of Mathematical Modeling for Barrier Island Restoration, Year Three
Grand Awards - 1st Place, $3,000, and Best of Category, $5000 to student, $1000 to school and $1000 to regional fair. Also won the Intel and Indo-US Science & Technology Form & Visit to India, value not published

David Chang Luo, 18, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Region 7)
Project: Mathematics - A Tree Branch Path Solution to the Collatz Conjecture
Grand Awards - 4th place, $500
Special Awards – K.T. Li Foundation, First Place, $1,500 and Mu Alpha Theta, National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, Second Place, $1,000

Mason Richard Varuso, 17, Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, Avondale, Louisiana (Region 9)
Project: Energy/Chemical - How Does the Thermal Conductivity of Liquids Affect Heat Absorption in Photovoltaic Troughs?
Special Award - University of Arizona - Tuition Scholarship Award

Meghana Srivyas Rao, 17, Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport, Louisiana (Region 1)
Project: Biochemistry - The Differential Effect of Opioids on Breast Cancer Cell Pro-Survival and Pro-Apoptotic Pathways
Special Award – National Anti-Vivisection Society – Second Place, $2,000

Samuel Allen Senegal, II, 16, Ovey Comeaux High School, Lafayette, Louisiana (Region 6)
Project: Chemistry - The Testing of the Mpemba Effect at Varying Salinities
Special Award – American Chemical Society – Third Place, $2000

2016 LSEF Winners!

2016 Region VII Winners!

The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and National Medal of Science. Annually, students entering the Intel STS compete for more than $1.6 million in awards. Only 300 students are announced as semifinalists each year. From this select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, DC in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for three top awards of $150,000 each.

Congratulations to Natalie Bush, St. Joseph's Academy (Baton Rouge, LA.) and Jacob Garrett Kesten, Loyola College Preparatory School (Shreveport, LA), selected as semi-finalists! Intel STS Semi-Finalists announced

Society for Science - Broadcom Masters top 30 Finalists announced!

We are very proud to announce that Glasgow Middle 8th grade student Anusha Zaman is among the top 30!

Top 30 Finalists -

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) are proud to announce the selection of 30 students as finalists in the fifth annual Broadcom MASTERS®– the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.

The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) winners will be named on October 6 in Silicon Valley, CA, after completion of a rigorous competition that tests their abilities in STEM subjects, teamwork and collaboration. Congratulations to these 30 finalists, and to the 2,230 outstanding applicants for sharing their work this year.

Read the press release -

Finalist Overview: The finalists include 14 girls and 16 boys covering 14 states and representing 28 schools and one home school. California has the most finalists with eight, followed by Florida with five, Texas with three and two each from Minnesota, New York, and Utah. Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists and 2,230 applicants representing 47 states, American Samoa and Puerto Rico.

Society for Science Press Release –
The 2015 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists include an award-winning ballerina for the AVA Ballet Company, black belts in Karate and Tae Kwon Do, an app creator, and an eighth-grade intern at a Yale computer science lab.

Our semifinalists are bilingual, apply for patents, spend time volunteering, swim competitively, create origami, and sing acapella. Some of the semifinalists plan to donate their prize money towards children’s education. Their research is inspired by sports injuries, coding, and preventing the spread of diseases. Here are a few facts about the semifinalists:

• 266 play sports
• 257 play an instrument
• 139 participate in robotics club
• 104 serve on their student councils
• 34 create their school’s yearbooks
• 33 compete in the Science Bowl
• 26 participate in the international educational program Odyssey of the Mind
• Environmental Engineer was the most popular career choice

View the full list of Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists. Check back on September 2 to find out the finalists!

Louisiana Semi-Finalists – Congratulations!

The following students were awarded Broadcom MASTERS nominations at the 2015 LSEF and have been selected as semi-finalists -

Clary, Joseph Grade: 6
Caddo Parish Middle Magnet School, Shreveport, Louisiana
Project Title: In the Gutter: To Scoop or Not to Scoop

Devier, Joshua Grade: 8
St. Paul's School, Covington, Louisiana
Project Title: The Effect of Conjugated Animal Estrogens on the Stimulation of Plant Growth in Legumes and Non-legumes

Hou, Joshua Grade: 6
Little Oak Middle School, Slidell, Louisiana
Project Title: Starting From "Scratch"

Zaman, Anusha Grade: 8
Glasgow Middle School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Project Title: Betel Leaf and Gutkha Up Regulate Detoxification Genes

Region VII and LSEF Finalists selected to attend ISEF - You must agree to represent LSEF, travel and compete at the time of acceptance. Please make sure you are willing and able to attend as others would love to have your spot. LSEF policy aligns with ISEF Rules - “Intel ISEF finalists are expected to attend the full week of the program and are encouraged to attend all Intel ISEF events. Attendance is mandatory at the public exhibition of projects on Thursday and at both award ceremonies. The only excused absences to these mandatory functions are graduation ceremonies, illness or family emergencies. If finalists have a scheduling conflict, they should consult with their Fair Directors immediately”.

Volunteers needed for 2017 Fairs! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Lisa Graves at If you would like to judge, please visit the Judges page and complete registration.

Past years results can be found on the Archives Page

Contact Information:
Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair
Lisa Graves, Director
LSU Continuing Education
2146 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225-578-1067 (office)
225-578-4800 (fax)