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Frequently Asked Questions
Who participates in the Rochester Regional Science Fair?
The Rochester Regional Science Fair is open to all students in grades 6 through 12 who attend school in Rochester. This includes students attending Rochester Public Schools as well as students enrolled at private schools or home school students in Rochester.
Students outside of Rochester are eligible to enter the Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin Regional Science Fair.

Is the Rochester Regional Science Fair open to the public?
The public are welcome to attend all rounds of paper presentations. Projects are closed to the public during judging, but there will be time for the public to visit. Please check back closer to the fair when the schedule has been finalized for specific times that projects will be open to the public.

How can someone become involved or support the Rochester Regional Science Fair?
The Rochester Regional Science Fair couldn't happen without the many volunteers, judges, and sponsors that contribute each year. If you are interested in becoming involved or sponsoring an award at the fair contact the Fair Director, David Williamson for more information.

What do students receive for participating?
Each student who participates in the Rochester Regional Science Fair receives a commemorative lapel pin and a ribbon for participating. Category winners and students who advance to the state fair or ISEF also receive a trophy or medal. In addition there are special awards sponsored by local companies, organizations, and individuals that are awarded to students each year.

Can I enter both a project and a research paper in the fair on the same topic?
Yes! Students may enter both a project and research paper in the fair that are based on the same body of work: research, experiment, and results.

Can I enter more than one project or paper in one year? Can I enter a project or paper as both an individual and as a member of a team?
No, students may only enter one project and one paper each year. Projects which begin as a team project must remain a team project for the entire year and projects which begin as individual projects must remain individual projects for the entire year.

Do I have to be completely finished with my project when I register?
It is not necessary to be completely finished with your experiment/project when you register for the fair; in fact many students choose to continue working on their projects right up until the fair, or continue their projects before advancing to the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair.

Please note that paperwork, including a research summary and 250 word abstract, must be submitted along with your registration.

What do I do with my paperwork?
A copy of your paperwork should be submitted after you have completed the online registration process. Rochester Public Schools students should submit their paperwork to the building coordinator at their school. Other students should drop off their paperwork at Northrop Community Education Center (201 8th St NW) or speak with their teacher to check for other arrangements. Please keep your originals in case they are needed in the future.

What if I have questions that aren't covered here?
Contact the Fair Director, David Williamson, by emailing dawilliamson@rochester.k12.mn.us.
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