Due to the generosity of our sponsors and special award donors, over $60,000 in cash awards, school grants and trips are provided to recognize the hard work and success of our students!

Grand Awards

Four Grand Award Winners, Senior Division only, are selected from the First and Second Place Winners in each category and represent Region IX in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Transportation and living expenses are provided for them to attend the Fair. Two teachers will also be selected to attend ISEF.  Each Grand Award Winner receives a plaque from Region IX. 

Two Grand Award Winners, Junior Division are selected from the First Place Winners in each category, and each Grand Award Winner receives a $50 gift certificate and a plaque from Region IX.

Michael Maples Video Productions, LLC

Finalists in each category of both divisions become certified for entry in the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair (LSEF) conducted at LSU in Baton Rouge. The number of finalists allowed to enter the state fair is determined by LSEF and varies by year.

GNOSEF Cash Awards

Cash awards are given by the Fair in each category.


Junior Division

Senior Division

1. First Place

$50 and medal

$75 and medal

2. Second Place

$30 and medal

$50 and medal

3. Third Place

$15 and medal

$25 and medal

4. Honorable Mention



Jr. Division GNOSEF Teacher/Mentor Recognition Awards

A total of $500 in cash prizes will be awarded to teachers/mentors (excluding parents and GNOSEF board, committee members and volunteers) who have gone the extra mile to support their students in the Junior Division.

Social Media Awards

Prizes (valued at > $50 each) will be awarded to a first place winner for both middle school and high school categories.  A second prize (valued at $25) will be awarded to a middle school or high school student, not necessarily a GNOSEF participant, who participated in the GNOSE Social Media Contest. Winners will be selected at random for their #GNOSEF social media post interactions. GNOSEF participants and social media spectators who use the hashtag #GNOSEF on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram posts between now and Feb. 26th will be entered to win with one entry for each time the hashtag is posted. If a relevant picture or video is posted along with the #GNOSEF hashtag, the participant’s name will be entered twice. (Phones may be brought into the GNOSEF in order to participate during the fair.)


*** 2019 Special Awards provided by GNOSEF Sponsors ***

Thank you to our GNOSEF Sponsors for providing awards in addition to providing funding for the operation of the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair.

American Welding Society – New Orleans Section

A $150 check & certificate in the Senior Division and a $100 check & certificate in the Junior Division for the best project in the Welding or Materials Joining field. Honorable Mention certificate(s) may be awarded for other deserving project(s) at the judges’ discretion.

American Petroleum Institute (API) Delta Chapter

Three awards for Senior Division projects related to energy: (1) Chairman’s Award recipient and teacher each receives $100. (2) Distinguished Project award winner and teacher each will receive $75.

Albert F.W. Habeeb M.D. Scholarship and Award

In honor of Albert F.W. Habeeb M.D., a $1000 scholarship is presented to a Senior Division student for an outstanding project focused on Health Sciences – to be presented upon acceptance into a university. A $50 award is presented to an outstanding Junior Division project related to Health Sciences.

The “Aspiring Researcher” Scholarship presented by the Emmy Noether Awards – NEW!

A $2,500 undergraduate scholarship awarded to a high school female that demonstrates passion and promise for scientific research. Students will receive their scholarship upon college or university acceptance. Funding provided by the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation. For more information about the Emmy Noether Awards please visit our website:

Bruce J. Heim Foundation Award

$250 is to be divided with $200 to a submitting student and $50 to his/her sponsoring teacher to recognize an Outstanding Medical Research Project.

Dorothy Van Lue Habeeb Scholarship and Award

In memory of Dorothy Van Lue Habeeb, founding member of the Greater New Orleans Science Fair, Inc., a $1000 scholarship is presented to a Senior Division student for an outstanding project focused on the study of Chemistry or the use of Chemistry as a tool in scientific inquiry or engineering design – to be presented upon acceptance into a university. A $50 award is presented to an outstanding Junior Division project related to Chemistry. 

Entergy Corporation ”Powering the Future” Scholarship Award

$1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a female, high school senior with an outstanding, promising project, upon presentation of their acceptance letter into a college or university.

James de la Houssaye Mentor Awards

This award is sponsored by Mr. H. Britton Sanderford and recognizes a high school teacher or mentor for their educational and inspirational work with students pursuing STEM inquiry.  The top winner will receive a $5,000 cash award.  The runner up will receive a $2,000 cash reward. Teachers/mentors who are considered for this award must have entries in the GNOSEF Senior Division with direct affiliation as Adult Sponsor, Qualified Scientist, or Direct Supervisor as defined by ISEF.  Selection for the award will be based on the level of mentorship as determined by student input on a survey.  Surveys will be distributed in mid-January and must be complete by the end of the GNOSEF project judging day, Wednesday, February 20th, 2019.  Winners will be announced at the GNOSEF Awards Ceremony.

Neuroscience/Machine Learnings Scholarship Award

The H. Britton Sanderford Neuroscience/Machine Learning Project Award recognizes excellent work in the field of neuroscience, the study of the molecular, cellular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational, and medical aspects of the nervous system, and the field of machine learnings, a subfield of computer science and artificial intelligence that deals with the construction and study of systems that can learn from data, rather than follow only explicitly programmed instructions. ONE (1) senior division (high school) winner will be presented with a $2,000 college scholarship upon presentation of their acceptance letter into a college or university.

New Orleans Section of NACE International

Lavigne Gatzke Sr. High and  Richard (Dick) Dannenberg Jr. High Student Awards – Students who demonstrate the best understanding of corrosion. 1st Place Students $200/ Teachers $200 & 2nd Place Students $100/Teachers $100 (both Senior and Junior Divisions). Students, Teachers and Parent winners will also be invited to attend the June 24th NACE/ASM recognition luncheon. Go to for details.

In partnership with the New Orleans Section of NACE International: ASM Materials Education Foundation

Foundation will recognize two most outstanding 10th or 11th Grade High School Students (going into 11th or 12th grade) exhibits in materials engineering science. First Place student winner is awarded a certificate, medallion, and all-expense-paid trip to a one-week materials camp in Materials Park, Ohio on July14-19, 2019. Registration needs to be completed by March 31, 2019.  2nd place winner is recognized and may be accepted to attend camp and is an alternate should the first place winner not be able to attend. Note: Winners must meet Student Camp eligibility requirements found at: Students, Teachers and Parents of winners will also be invited to attend the June 24th NACE/ASM recognition luncheon at UNO University Center. Go to for details.

Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Awards

All four grand award winners in the senior division receive a $1000 scholarship from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation upon presentation of an acceptance letter into a college of their choice. Additionally, materials and/or field trip grants are presented to participating high schools which have a minimum of 10 projects competing in the senior division.   $10,000 is divided among eligible schools.

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Inc. Delta Chapter0 

Junior Division – Energy Category, Relating to Oil Industry: (1) First Place student receives $125 and teacher $75, (2) Second Place student and teacher each $75.

Tulane University School of Science and Engineering – Tulane Science Scholars Program

The Tulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP) with financial support from the Bruce J. Heim Foundation will give both a certificate and a full scholarship worth $1700 for a summer course to a 10th or 11th grade student who has an exceptional project in an area of science or engineering.  The TSSP is a selective program for rising juniors or seniors who have exceptional talent in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The student will have to submit all necessary documents before the April 1st deadline including application, essay, letter of recommendation, and school transcript.  The winner will choose their preference from a list of several courses and receive three hours of college credit upon the completion of the course.  The winner may also live on campus during the course for a fee.  A second place winner is recognized and is an alternate should the first place winner not be able to attend.  More information about the TSSP can be found on the website:

Women for a Better Louisiana

The organization will present three $100 cash awards, one in both Junior and Senior Division for outstanding projects stressing environmental concerns, and one in the Senior Division for behavioral science.



* 2019 Special Awards provided by Individuals and Organizations *

Many individuals and organizations give Special Awards in conjunction with the Region IX Fair. To register a special award for the 2019 GNOSEF, please go to SPECIAL AWARDS REGISTRATION.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Greater New Orleans Section (Local)

Awards will be given to the winning projects in both Junior and Senior Divisions in categories covering, related to, or having direct applications in aerospace.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers – New Orleans Section (Local)

Two $75 awards to the best projects in Engineering (with emphasis on chemical engineering) in either Junior or Senior Divisions. The winners and their parents will be invited to a future dinner meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

American Chemical Society – Louisiana Local Section (Local) – NEW!

Two $75 awards will be given to the best projects in Chemistry in both the Junior or Senior Divisions.

American Meteorological Society (National)

Society will award two (2) certificates for Outstanding Achievement for creative scientific endeavor to students in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in the areas of atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

American Psychological Association (National)

Association will award one (1) certificate recognizing outstanding research by a student in psychological science entered in the category of behavioral and social sciences or any category related to psychology (e.g., animal sciences, biochemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematical science, medicine & health).

American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) – Central Gulf Coast Section (Local) – NEW!

Society will contribute awards to Senior Division projects in engineering. First place will receive a $100 check and an ASNE medallion and second place will receive an ASNE medallion.

Association for Women Geoscientists Foundation (National)

Association will provide one (1) award certificate to a female student whose project, in the opinion of the judges, exemplifies high standards of innovation and scientific excellence in the geosciences.

Biophysical Society (Local)

The Biophysics Award is presented for the best biophysics-related project by a high school student, who will receive a certificate and a $100 check from our organization, as well as recognition in upcoming Biophysical Society publications.

Broadcom MASTERS (National)

The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) is a competition for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who participate in an SSP-affiliated fair with their science, engineering or math project.  The top 10% of participating projects are nominated to compete in the national competition.

Core Element (Local)

Core Element will provide a scholarship worth $350 for a one week session at their 2019 Summer Cyber Security Program to a high school student with an exceptional project in computers, computer engineering or programming, robotics, or electrical engineering. A second place winner is recognized and is an alternate should the first place winner not be able to attend. More information about the Core Element STEM Camp can be found on the website:

Electric Girls (Local)

1 certificate awarded to a Junior Division student for any session of Electric Girls Summer Camp Powered By Shell.

GENIUS (Global Environmental Issues) Olympiad (National)

Certificates of acceptance into the GENIUS Olympiad international competition will be provided to two (2) projects from grades 8-12 which provide understanding and solutions to environmental problems using scientific knowledge. Projects need to be registered by April 15, 2018 to participate as a finalist at the GENIUS Olympiad in Oswego, New York June 11-16, 2018.

Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group (Local)

The winners will receive a medal and an invitation to their Lafayette meeting to display their project for our membership. They will also be invited to lunch along with a guest.

IEEE New Orleans (Local) – NEW!

A $100 prize is awarded to an outstanding Senior Division project in the field of Electrical Engineering.

Intel Excellence in Computer Science (National)

Intel will award a certificate and a $200 cash prize to the first place winner in Computer Science in the Senior Division.

Joyce Bagnetto-Matthews Memorial Award (Local) – NEW!

This $100 award is for the project that displays the most promise in helping find cures for Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or similar neurological diseases causing the loss of cognitive functioning.

Mad Science Southeast Louisiana (Local)

Mad Science of Southeast Louisiana is awarding one 6th grade participant who’s project embodies our commitment to sparking imaginative thinking! We are proud to present the 1st place winner with a certificate and a $25 dollar gift certificate.

MENSA – (The High IQ Society), N.O. Chapter (Local)

1st and 2nd place Junior Division and Senior Division awards will be presented for projects showing creativity backed by rigorous scientific reasoning.

M.S. Benbow & Associates (Local)

First prize-$100; second prize-$75, for outstanding Senior Division investigative projects in the field of Electrical Engineering.

Mu Alpha Theta (National)

Organization will provide one (1) certificate to the individual or team project in the senior division demonstrating the most challenging, original, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics accessible to a high school student. Components of the investigation may include, but are not limited to, mathematical proof, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, visualization, simulation, and approximation. This award is not restricted to projects entered in the Mathematics category.

NASA EARTH System Science Award (National)

Organization will provide one (1) certificate to an individual or team project that exhibits a clear and focused purpose that displays an Earth systems science perspective, uses the scientific process, demonstrates a well-designed plan and data collection methods, as well as demonstrates understanding of interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions. Earth System science is the study of complex interactions of the various components that make up our Earth’s atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere and how Earth is constantly changing as each of these components interact.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (National)

NOAA will award a letter of congratulations, an award certificate, and a NOAA medallion to one individual student (middle or high school), selected from among all the general award categories, whose research emphasizes NOAA’s Science, Service, and Stewardship mission to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems, and resources.

New Orleans Geological Society (Local)

For outstanding exhibits in Earth Sciences, Senior and Junior Divisions: 1st Prize: $100, 2nd Prize: $75, and 3rd Prize: $50. 1st Place winners and their teachers are invited to NOGS spring meeting.

Office of Naval Research (U.S. Navy/ U.S. Marine Corps) (National)

Certificates of achievement and medallions will be presented to Junior Division winners. Senior Division winners will be presented with a certificate of achievement, a medallion, and award letter redeemable with the Technology Management Training Group Inc. for $50 gift cards redeemable online or in the store.  Winners must be US citizens to receive these awards.

Pontchartrain Astronomy Society (Local)

Similar awards shall be given to qualified Junior and Senior Division 1st and 2nd place winners. Projects directly related to the fields of Astronomy, Astrophysics, and spaceflight shall be considered for awards. The first place awards for both Junior and Senior Divisions shall be an entry level telescope. The second place awards for both the Junior and Senior Divisions shall be a star guide planisphere.

Regeneron Science Talent Search (National)

Rising seniors are invited to enter the Regeneron STS and compete for more than $3.1 million in awards. 40 finalists are then invited to WAshington, D.C. to participate in final judging, display their work in public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $250,000.

Ricoh Americas Corporation (National)

One individual or team project, selected from among all the general award categories, to be presented with a certificate recognizing their outstanding efforts in addressing issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development in their science and engineering project.

Society for In Vitro Biology (National)

The Society for In Vitro Biology will recognize the most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the areas of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture. The student will receive a certificate, a letter of congratulations and publicity in the society’s newsletter on their website.

Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (National) – NEW!

The Society will sponsor a 1st place award of a Certificate and a $75 gift card for Junior Division and a $125 gift card for the Senior Division to an individual student who demonstrate the best microbiology- or biotechnology-related project.

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) (Local)

A 1st place award of $150 and a 2nd place award of $75 in both divisions for the “Best Engineering Project” as determined by our judges.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize (National)

The best three (3) water-related Senior Division science fair projects will receive an award certificate and nomination to participate in the State Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition, with potential advancement to the national and international competitions.

Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers-N.O. Branch (Local)

A 1st place award of $100 and a 2nd place award of $75 in both divisions for outstanding projects dealing with principles of Structural Engineering. Each Winner’s School Science Teacher or Sponsor will also receive $50 award.

U.S. Air Force (National)

Awards will be given to projects that best incorporate the studies of math, sciences and engineering and when possible, recognize projects that offer Air Force applicability.

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (Local)

A plaque and VIP visit to our facility to the best project demonstrating improvement in utilization or safety of agricultural products in both the Senior and Junior Divisions.

U.S. Metric Association (National)

Association will award a certificate to the student whose project involves quantitative measures and which best uses the SI metric system consistently and correctly for those measurements.

Virginia Rice Williams Award for Future Chemists, Iota Sigma Pi: National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry (Local Chapter) (not confirmed yet)

Award for an outstanding project by a female student in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Related Science.

Yale Science & Engineering Association, Inc. (National)

YSEA will award a certificate to an outstanding 11th grade project in one of the following areas: Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry. Winner must complete the AWARD ACCEPTANCE FORM online to receive a formal award certificate and a pewter medallion.