Special Category Awards

Independent judges will circulate to select special category award winners within specific fields of study. These awards are separate from and in addition to the main category awards. There are two different types of special category awards:

  • National Awards provided through the Society for Science and the Public as a part of ASEF’s affiliation with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  Most of the awards are designated for high school students, but a few include middle school students.  Many of these awards include their own special judging rubric.
  • Local awards provided by Alaskan organizations that supply their own judges and determine their prizes according to their own criteria.

Note: Organizations may contact us if they wish to expand the description of their awards. The Alaska Science and Engineering Fair offers “Courtesy Pages” to organizations to describe their prizes and give helpful hints to students.

All awards in this list are subject to change at any time. Awards may be added or removed at any time.

If you, your company, or organization are interested in providing a special award, please contact our Special Awards Chair at Awards@alaskasciencefair.org

    Local Awards

    • Alaska Professional Communicators: Best abstracts and best display communication in several age categories.
    • Alaska Science and Engineering Fair:  Most Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher, Most Outstanding High School Science Teacher, Middle School Trophy, High School Trophy.
    • Home Depot Green Thumb: 
    • ISEF/ASEF Alumni Awards: These awards are judged by former ISEF attendees and presented to middle or high school students.  The categories being judged reflect the research each alum presented at the International Fair.  The current categories are:  Biochemistry, Social Sciences, Planetary Sciences.
    • McGyver Award: All projects, in which the student has created his/her testing and/or data collecting equipment, are eligible for one award of excellence and three awards of merit to the projects from all levels.
    • Northern Utility Services: Cash prizes for the best water science related projects.
    • Oceanographer of Navy Alumni:
    • PetCo/Kitty and K9 Connection Award: Two Awards of Excellence for elementary school projects related to animals/pets/pet care and behavior.
    • Red Cat Food Technologies Award: An Award of Merit and an Award of Excellence are available to grade 9-12 students in the field of Microbiology or Chemistry whose project pertains to Food/Hospitality Industry Sciences.
    • Tech in Action:
    • Tony Dunn Memorial:
    • Youth Innovator Award:

    National Awards

    • American Psychological Association (APA):Outstanding research in psychology under the category of behavioral and social sciences.
    • ASM Materials Education Foundation: Best materials engineering project.
    • Association of Women Geoscientists: Award to female students whose projects exemplify high standards of innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences. Special consideration is to be given to projects that increase the public awareness of the geosciences, illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences, or promote the sensitivity to the earth as a global system.
    • Broadcom Coding with Commitment
    • Mu Alpha Theta: Certificate to an individual or group project from grades 9-12 demonstrating the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving modern mathematics. This project does not necessarily have to be entered in the Mathematics category.
    • NASA Earth System Science Award
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
    • Ricoh Corporation: The Ricoh Sustainable Development Award goes to the one individual or team entry, selected from among all the general award categories whose principles and technical innovations offer the greatest potential for increasing our ability to grow environmentally friendly and socially responsible businesses. The winner will receive a certificate, a one-year subscription to Science News Magazine and be entered into a drawing for 2 digital cameras of which one goes to the winner’s teacher.
    • Society for In Vitro Biology: One certificate to be awarded to the most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the areas of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture.
    • Thermo Fisher Junior Innovators Challenge: Formerly known as Broadcom Masters 
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • U.S. Metric Association: Student in grades 9-12 whose project involves a significant amount of quantitative measurement and which best uses the SI (International System) metric system for those measurements.
    • Water Environment Federation U. S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP): The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is world’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The Alaska Science and Engineering Fair would like to promote interest in the SJWP competition.
    • Yale Science & Engineering Association, Inc.: To student exhibiting in the areas of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry.


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