Find a Project
- SARSEF Open House – March 2nd
- Show your love for SARSEF at the Bookfair February 11th!
- Project Registration Now Open!
- Middle and High School Teachers- Exploring Radioactivity Workshop!
- You are invited to Party with a Purpose!
How would you feel if someone told you that you and your organization could be substantially responsible for solving some of society’s most pressing scientific, environmental and medical challenges?
Wouldn’t you jump at the chance to take partial credit for a cure for cancer … new insights on climate change or renewable energy sources … or startling advances in computer technology?
You have that opportunity now!
Impacting 95,000 students annually
The Southern Arizona Research Science & Engineering Fair (SARSEF) began in 1955. In 1998, the non-profit Foundation was formed to fund and manage SARSEF.
We need the community’s help to grow our mission: empowering Southern Arizona K-12 students to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Each year, 95,000 students in Southern Arizona work hard in an effort to advance to high-level competition at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Winning at ISEF can be an auspicious boost to a student scientist’s future: Participants have gone on to win seven Nobel Prizes, 11 high-profile fellowships sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and other awards.
But first, students have to win at the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair.
62-year history of success
The great news is that more than 60 percent of SARSEF winners go on to win a Grand Award at the International Fair (ISEF) — and they have done so for 14 years straight! The national average is just 15 percent per year.
Each year, the community comes together to make SARSEF work — and to keep it a high-quality, well-respected regional competition. Teachers, parents and others volunteer at our events. About 400 Southern Arizona engineers and scientists take time out from their busy lives to judge some 2,000 student science fair projects at the Tucson Convention Center.
And SARSEF volunteers work hard, year-around, on outreach programs that teach the Scientific Method and other research procedures to more than 60 under-represented schools throughout Arizona each year. That’s where YOU come in.
Your donation will help us expand those educational outreach efforts, and make contact with even more students. Because SARSEF has only a few employees and no overhead costs, the majority of each gift goes directly to student services.
We invite individuals in the community, and local businesses of all sizes, to become sponsors. Sponsorship doesn’t have to involve a lot of money. Donations of time, expertise or equipment are also important.
We recognize our sponsors and partners in many ways. Individuals are thanked on our website. Larger sponsors are recognized in signage at events, and in a full-page advertisement in the Arizona Daily Star. The ad also thanks corporate citizen donors who have donated from $1,000 to $20,000.
With your help, SARSEF hopes to visit more than 80 schools this year to teach the fundamentals of critical thinking, problem solving and research protocol.
You can help change the life of a student … perhaps a budding inventor or researcher who may one day change many people’s lives … by supporting our effort to increase under-represented populations in the fields of science and engineering.