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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.

2019 - Louisiana Region VII Science & Engineering Fair - Junior Division - February 11-12, LSU Union
2019 - Louisiana Region VII Science & Engineering Fair - Senior Division - February 12-13, LSU Union

2019 - Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair (State) - Junior Division - March 18-19, LSU Union
2019 - Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair (State) - Senior Division - March 19-20, LSU Union

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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Louisiana Teens Excel at 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair


Seven students representing six Louisiana high schools won awards at the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The six-day event, held May 14-19 in Pittsburgh, is the largest and most prestigious international high school STEM competition. Nearly 2000 high school students, representing more than 75 countries, competed for approximately $5 million in prizes and scholarships.

Five Louisiana students received grand awards in the competition. Grand awards are given for projects considered by judges to be among the best within a specific category among the 22 recognized competition categories.

Anna Koonce, of St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, received a third place award, carrying a monetary prize of $1000, for her project, “Ecological Restoration Zones Within the Monkey River Area (Belize) Using Community Grown Nurseries to Produce Plants for Riparian Strips” in the plant sciences category.

Alexander Walker, of Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy in Avondale, won a third place award and a $1000 prize in the energy: chemical category, for his project, “Sulfur-Deplete Cultivation of C. reinhardtii: A Novel Approach to Increasing the Cost-Efficiency of Green Hydrogen Fuel Production.”

Grace Karen Sun, Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport, won a fourth award and $500 cash prize in biochemistry with her project, “The Role of Autotaxin-LPA-LPP3 Axis in Ischemic Stroke.” She also won a third place special award from the American Physiological Society ($500).

Deepti Vaidyanathan, of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, won a fourth place award and $500 for her project, “Using Two-Mode-Squeezing for Room-Temperature Photon-Number-Resolving Detection” in the physics and astronomy category. The project was also awarded a second place special science security award ($1000) from the National Security Research Directorate.

Mary Lorio, of Saint Joseph's Academy, Baton Rouge, won a fourth-place award and $500 for her physics and astronomy project, “A Novel Method for Simulating Diffracted Light.”

Four students won one or more special awards offered by agencies, institutions and corporations that seek to recognize excellent projects on topics that relate to their research interests, or to recognize special effort or project attributes. In addition to Grace Sun and Deepti Vaidyanathan, mentioned above, the Louisiana special award winners are listed below.

Sophia Patricia Zhou, a student at Lafayette High School in Youngsville, was awarded a special first award ($2500) for projects in material science or engineering by the Arconic Foundation, for her project, “Trash to Treasure: Converting Aluminum Cans into a Valuable Additive for Li-S Batteries with an Unprecedented Performance.” Zhou was also awarded a special award of $1200 by the China Association for Science and Technology.

Anusha Zaman, of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, received a certificate of honorable mention from the American Statistical Association, for her project, “Health Effects of Electronic Cigarette Aerosols Induce on Murine Tissue.”

The participating students worked on their independent projects for months leading up to the event, competing in school-level and regional fairs on their way to ISEF. Lisa Graves, director of the Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair, said, “I continue to be amazed by the level of research and competition. Science Fairs offer tremendous scholarship opportunities which allow many of these same students the opportunity to continue their research in many of the same University labs they performed previously. So very proud of all of our finalists from around the state as they continue their high school research or prepare for the collegiate level.”

More information on Intel ISEF and a complete list of winners can be found at

Special thanks go to LSU Continuing Education/LSEF, the Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium, LSU College of Engineering, LSU College of Science, LSU College of Agriculture, and the Baton Rouge Bone & Joint Clinic.

Louisiana Student Scientists Compete at Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair


BATON ROUGE – More than 500 exceptional middle school and high school students competed in the 2018 Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair, or LSEF, held March 20–21 at LSU’s Student Union.

Overall winners in the junior division, grades 6-8, were Ashini Modi and Reilly Fastring. Modi won first place in the physics and astronomy category for her project, “Photometric Detection of Extra Solar Planetary Transits Across Sun-Like Stars.” Fastring won second place, also in physics and astronomy, with his project, “Roll with It.” Modi attends Caddo Parish Middle Magnet, in Shreveport, and Fastring attends Boyet Junior High School in Slidell. Fastring’s and Modi’s projects were each recognized with Broadcom Masters nominations, and each received special awards from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.

The overall winner in the senior division, grades 9-12, was Matthew Willis of Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport. His project, in the microbiology category, was “Is Alternate Sigma Factor H (SigH) Essential for the Mycobacterium marinum response to Low-Sheared Modeled Microgravity (LSMMG)?" Matthew’s project was also recognized with a Naval Science special award.

LSEF will support six students with their award-winning projects to travel to Pittsburgh, PA for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, May 13-18. In addition, ten ISEF-affiliated Louisiana regions will send additional competitors to the international competition, for a total of 22 Louisiana representatives.

Top school awards were given based on cumulative project scores. St. Joseph’s Academy earned the top school award for the senior division, and Glasgow Middle School won the top school award for the junior division. Both schools are in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair consists of students from middle and high schools in 12 regions, representing all parts of the state. Students qualify to participate in the statewide competition by earning top awards in school-level and regional fairs.

LSEF projects are entered in one of 22 categories, and the quality of the research is evaluated by qualified scientists and professionals from around the state, including LSU faculty members. First place through fourth place awards are made in each category, and then the first place winning projects are ranked again to determine the top overall projects.

Students also compete for special awards given by professional organizations and honor societies. For a complete list of category winners and special award winners, visit LSU Continuing Education’s website at

The 2018 Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair was sponsored by LSU Continuing Education, the Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium, LSU College of Engineering, LSU College of Science, LSU College of Agriculture, and the Baton Rouge Bone & Joint Clinic.

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 2019 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 Digital & Continuing Education
1225 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225-578-1067 (office)