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The Awards Ceremony will be on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at 6:00 pm in Strong Hall, Room 101.

All students, parents, and teachers have been emailed with information and we will send out another when we have more information.

Registration will open in September!

Teacher and project registration for the 2024 SASEF is now open: Online SASEF Registration

2024 SASEF Dates

SASEF will be hosted on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. Judging will be held on March 26, 2024, in the Student Union Ballroom.

The fair will be held in person as it has traditionally been done with students at their posters during judging. In addition to the in-person aspect, all students will be asked to upload a digital copy of their poster to a virtual platform. Judges will use this platform to access posters and project information.

Attend a Virtual Science Club Meeting!

Attend Virtual Science Club meetings for free! Click here to learn more about this club that meets twice per month. Meetings include guest speakers and small-group breakouts hosted by volunteer mentors. The meetings provide support to students working on 2024 SASEF STEM projects.

Congratulations to all the 2023 SASEF Award Winners!

Check out all the award winners at 2023 SASEF by clicking here. Thank you to all students, teachers, judges, and parents that invested their time in the 2023 event!

About the Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair

The Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF) is an annual event traditionally held during the last week of March or the first week of April on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. Students are invited to present their research covering a variety of categories in STEM. There are two divisions of competition — Junior Division for middle school students, grades 6 – 8, and Senior Division for high school students, grades 9 – 12.

The top two Senior Division winners and their teachers will qualify to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) which is traditionally held in mid-May.

Thermo Fisher Scientific sponsors nation’s premier middle school STEM Competition. More information is on Society of Science’s website found here.

In 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SASEF was hosted in a virtual format.


SASEF consists of the 23-county region as shown on the map below. If you are not in one of these counties visit this page here for more information.

SASEF Service Area Map