The Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF) is one of the oldest such fairs in the nation, as 2016 marked the Fair's 60th anniversary. It is held annually and is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. It is managed by the board members of the Greater New Orleans Science Fair, Inc.
Annette Oertling, Ph.D. and Michelle Sanchez, Ph.D.
Who can enter?
The Fair is open to any student attending middle or high school in the Greater New Orleans four-parish-area which includes Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes. Entrants fall into two divisions:
Junior Division is middle school students (6-8 grade), Senior Division is high school students (9-12 grade).
Awards and State Level Competition Elligibility
The GNOSEF awards more than $60,000 in cash and prizes to middle school and high school students. Selected category winners at the GNOSEF are eligible to compete for state honors at the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
International Level: ISEF
The Greater New OrleansScience and Engineering Fair is one of 10 regional fairs in Louisiana that are affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Each year, four area high school students and two teachers are selected by the GNOSEF for an all-expense paid trip to compete for more than $5 million in cash and prizes at the Intel ISEF, which is held in a different location each year.
International Level: ISWEEEP
At the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, & Environment) Project Olympiad, over 600 young scientists from almost 70 countries display their science projects about pressing issues of energy, engineering, and environment. The Outstanding Sustainability Award is presented at the GNOSEF awarding a recipient automatic entrance into ISWEEP with a scholarship to cover expenses (excluding travel).