Apply To Be A Mentor


Future Mentors

Are you willing to become a resource or mentor for a student?

SARSEF involves nearly 100,000 students in Southern Arizona — from Yuma, east to the New Mexico state line … as well as Casa Grande, south to the U.S.-Mexico border. Students complete approximately 75,000 projects (including many class projects at the kindergarten to Grade 5 level). Smaller, school-organized fairs select about 1,800 of those projects to advance to competition at SARSEF.

Some students in middle and high school attempt to do projects beyond the skills and expertise of their parents and teachers. Science teachers, graduate and undergraduate students can offer skilled advice to these budding young scientists and engineers.

All students are supervised by a parent or teacher throughout their communications and interactions with a mentor. Advice to some of the high school students may go beyond a simple email exchange — but that will always be a decision arrived at between you, the adviser, and the student’s teacher or parent.

Most requests for help can be handled via email or in a phone call; however, some students need a true, dedicated mentor. Several of our top winners have actually conducted their project in a University of Arizona research lab or field site.

If you would be willing to be a resource or mentor for students, please email

Note to Students

If you would like to request a mentor, contact

Every Child. Thinking Critically. Solving Problems.