Category Awards

Category Awards are given in each of the competition categories in the elementary, junior, and senior divisions. A cash award, certificate, and trophy will be given to each winning project.

The awards will be presented to the first, second, and third-place winners in the elementary, junior and senior divisions.

Special Awards

The following special awards will be awarded.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Utah Section

Certificates and cash (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $50, and Outstanding Elementary - $25) will be awarded to the projects of greatest interest and value in aviation, space science, engineering. Honorable Mention certificates will also be given.

American Meteorological Society

A certificate will be awarded to the best project in the senior division dealing with atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

American Psychological Association

A certificate will be awarded to the student whose project represents outstanding research in psychology in the Behavioral & Social Science Category or other category as long as the project is psychology related.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Certificates and cash (1st place - $50, Honorable Mention - $25) will be awarded to student projects that demonstrate significant knowledge, research, and application of the challenges faced by civil engineering.

ASM Materials Education Foundation

A certificate and medallion will be awarded to the most outstanding exhibit in materials science and engineering. The winning project will need to use materials-related concepts, demonstrate some aspect of the materials paradigm, be clear in presentation, and demonstrate a clear understanding of the scientific method.

Association for Women Geoscientists

Certificates, cash ($30-$100), and a science-related gift will be awarded to female students whose projects examplify high standards of innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences.

Biophysics Award

A certificate and cash ($100) will be awarded to the best biophysics-related project.

Broadcom MASTERS - Middle School Competition

A certificate and invitation to enter the Broadcom MASTERS national competition will be awarded to students in grades 6-8 for mastery of S.T.E.M. principles.

Great Basin Chapter of Air and Waste Management Association

Awarded to a promising student who is working on environmental engineering, science, and/or management.

Intel Excellence in Computer Science

A certificate and and application for a cash award ($200) will be awarded to 1st place in Computer Science.


A certificate and invitation to attend I-SWEEEP Olympiad will be awarded to the project that displays outstanding work in the theme of environmental sustainability and innovation, within the categories of Energy, Engineering, and Environment.

The Leonardo

Certificates and family memberships to the Leonardo will be awarded to the projects that best combine science, technology, and art.

MU Alpha Theta

A certificate will be awarded to the project demonstrating the most challenging, original, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics accessible to a high school student.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


certificate, letter, and medallion will be awarded to a project whose research emphasizes NOAA's mission: to understand and predict changes in Earth's environment and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social, and environmental needs.

Nature High Summer Camp (Utah Association of Conservation Districts)

A certificate and scholarship to Nature High Summer Camp will be awarded to projects focused on the environment and/or natural resource management.

Ricoh Americas Corporation

A certificate will be awarded to an individual or team whose principles and technical innovations offer the greatest potential for increasing our ability to grow environmentally friendly and socially responsible businesses.

Roots & Shoots Youth Environmental Fair

Certificates, cash (Junior High - $75, Elementary - $50), and an invitation to participate at the the Roots & Shoots Environmental Fair will be awarded for excellence in environmental research. Specifically those projects that demonstrate environmental benefit, new and innovative ideas and solutions, effective implementation, widespread applicability, and cost effectiveness.

Society for In Vitro Biology

A certificate will be awarded to the most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the areas of plant or animal in vitro biology ot tissue culture.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

A certificate will be awarded to the best projects relating to or dealing with water treatment, management, protection or quality. Opportunity to advance tot the National Water Environment Federation Competition.

University of Utah - Department of Biology

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the best project in biological sciences. Must be an undergraduate, enrolled at the University of Utah with a declared major in Biology to receive scholarship.

U.S. Metric Association

A certificate will be awarded to the project that involves quantitative measures and which best uses the SI metric system for those measures.

U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps

Certificates and medallions will be awarded to students whose projects demonstrate excellent scientific thought and process skills.

U.S. Public Health Service Surgeon General's Special Science Award

A certificate and medallion will be given to projects that creatively illustrate and expand upon key areas of health prevention as outlined in the National Prevention Strategy. Topics may include, but are not limited to: tobacco-free living, preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use, healthy eating, active living, injury and violence-free living, mental and emotional well-being, reproductive and sexual health.

Utah Dept. of Transportation

A book and certificate will be awarded to the projects that best demonstrate innovation in transportation.


Awarded to the project that best demonstrates creativity in utilizing the Internet for either research or as a presentation element. The award recipient will use technology as a theme in their presentation.

Yale Science and Engineering Association

A certificate and medallion will be awarded to the most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the areas of computer science, engineering, physics, or chemistry.