Welcome to SARSEF

Welcome to the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation!

Click here to see this year’s Winners!


Tapasya Trivedi from the Academy of Tucson won a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in L.A., a trip to the International ISWEEEP competition in Houston, and a UA scholarship this year!

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Shelby Yuan (UHS), Kelsey Barter (UHS) and Meagan Bethel (TMHS) are returning to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for the THIRD time! They first attended as 8th Gr. Observers at Doolen MS.

This year’s fair was held held March 10-14, 2014, at the Tucson Convention Center.

Thank you to all of the judges, volunteers, donors, students, teachers and parents who made it all possible!  Over $70,000 in prizes and fourteen scholarships were awarded!

Start thinking about YOUR project for next year now!

Please read the SARSEF sections under the Student icons above or the FAQ section to find out more and then if you still have questions, please contact us.

Students: You will find information about conducting innovative research, competition guidelines that will get your hard work recognized, and ideas to help you get started.

Teachers and Fair Directors: You are a crucial part of the process of research. You will find out how you can help students design effective protocols to test their scientific theories. You can help them create fun displays and presentations to share their findings with the world. And you can find out how to prepare for and enter the upcoming competition by requesting our free educational outreach!

Science supporters: You are the donors, volunteers and judges who are a critical part of creating our future by encouraging our students. Enter here to become one of the over 400 award-winning scientists and engineers that take time out of their busy lives to become judges and volunteer at SARSEF each year. You can be one of the ones who help thousands of budding SciEnce, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students reach their dreams and improve all of our lives. Enter this site to continue your support, or to make a new contribution to our future!


Created in 1955, SARSEF began as a modest event involving 100 science projects, and grew into a competition for the southern half of Arizona that attracts members of the public, talented engineers and scientists, and members of the news media. Each year, it brings together educators, academic researchers, technology companies, parents and student scientists for a five-day celebration of science and scientific discovery.

Last year, some 75,000 students in Southern Arizona — from kindergarten to high school – designed projects for their local science fairs. Only the best of those projects were selected to advance to regional competition at the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair.

SARSEF 2014 showcased 1,700 of those top-level research projects, and awarded more than 700 prizes to winners — including cash, science equipment, college scholarships or all-expense-paid trips to international student science fairs.

Over the years, science fair winners have gone on to compete at national and international science-and-engineering events, and have become expert critical thinkers, talented scholars and world-class scientists themselves.

Be a part of the next generation of science and engineering by joining us today!

Arizona Gives Day was a great success – thanks to YOU! We raised over $2,000 within 24 hours on April 9th. Thank you!

The top winners at the state level Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AZSEF) were from SARSEF!
Matt Fosdick took Best Overall Elementary Division!
Claire Thai took the Best Overall Project in the Junior Division!

Empowering Southern Arizona's K-12 students to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math