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What’s the Deal with Sponsored Awards?

By Dani Wright, SARSEF Director of Events and Volunteers; SARSEF Fair Director All About 2024’s Sponsored Awards For many Southern Arizona students, the first check they ever receive is from the SARSEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair. This might be through the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Place Grand Awards, but there is an additional award […]

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A Day in the Life of A Public Ally at SARSEF: February Edition

By Katerina Guerrero February is the month that many love, as the weather gets warmer and pinks and reds are spread throughout schools, offices and more to put a smile on your own face or someone close to you. This month I had a big smile, and it wasn’t because of the ‘you are amazing’ […]

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Living The Best Version Of Yourself – Part Two with Stacey Weiss

By Cynthia Blockburger, Lindsey Intern, SARSEF Haven’t read part one yet? Find it here! We wanted to know more about Professor Stacey Weiss and her mentorship with STAR Lab. Stacey shares that she is a faculty member at a small liberal arts college and does not have graduate students. All of her research is done […]

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From a Board Member: Explore the Wonders of SARSEF – Become a Judge or Volunteer!

By Maricela Rivera, Board Member, SARSEF; Distribution Engineer II, Trico Electric Cooperative Hello, I’m Maricela Rivera, a recent addition to the SARSEF Board. Although my title may be new, my connection to SARSEF runs deep. Back in elementary school, I was an eager participant in the SARSEF fair, participating in numerous class and individual projects. […]

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From A Dream To Reality – Part Two with Andrea Esmeralda Hernandez Pina

By Cynthia Blockburger, Lindsey Intern, SARSEF Haven’t read part one yet? Find it here! Our last conversation with Andrea was terrific. Her journey with SARSEF, her work with the University of Arizona, and bridging her hometown community in Nogales with SARSEF deserve highlighting. Andrea’s journey has definitely left us wanting to know “what’s next,” so […]

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From a Board Member: Volunteer for this Year’s SARSEF Fair and Witness Arizona’s Critical Thinkers in Action!

By Casey Carrillo, Board Secretary, SARSEF; Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Arizona Center for Innovation My name is Casey Carrillo and I serve on SARSEF’s Board of Directors. I have been involved as a board member for two years. My sister is a fourth-grade teacher, and the passion that she has for education is […]

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Quantum Quest: A Free Quantum Computing Camp for High School Girls

SARSEF is excited to partner with Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, Qubit By Qubit, and University of Arizona Office of Societal Impact on a free Quantum Computing Camp for high school girls this summer! During Quantum Quest hosted by Qubit by Qubit, participants will explore the fascinating world of quantum computing with unplugged, hands-on activities […]

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Living The Best Version Of Yourself…While Reaching For The Stars – Stacey Weiss

By Cynthia Blockburger, Lindsey Intern, SARSEF Hello again, it’s me, Cynthia Blockburger. This interview highlights Professor Stacey Weiss of University of Puget Sound and how she envisions the core of mentoring as “living the best version of yourself…while reaching for the stars.” I must begin with how amazing Stacey is, not only as a mentor […]

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2024 SARSEF Regional Fair High School Interviews – What do you need to know?

Projects High School project requirements remain the same as when we began requiring digital project submissions in 2021. This allows the judges to review projects in advance and judge more thoroughly. Project registration and all uploads are due February 25, 2024 at 11:59pm.   For information about High School project requirements, please see the high school project […]

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From A Dream To Reality – Finding My Purpose and Loving It! – Andrea Esmeralda Hernandez Pina

By Cynthia Blockburger, Lindsey Intern, SARSEF Hello, I am Cynthia Blockburger, your Lindsey Intern with SARSEF. In this interview, you will find out how your “dreams can become a reality while finding your purpose and loving it!” Meet Andrea Esmeralda Hernandez, from Nogales, Sonora. Andrea is passionate about being a part of SARSEF and is […]

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