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Registration is now open!

Teacher and project registration for the 2023 SASEF is now open! We encourage teachers and students to register early as our online registration system will assist you with reminders and prompts throughout the registration process.

2023 SASEF Dates

SASEF is scheduled to be hosted on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. Judging will be held on March 28, 2023, in the Student Union Ballroom and the awards ceremony will be held on March 30, 2023, in the Cox Auditorium.

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 2023 SASEF STEM projects.

Congratulations to all the 2022 SASEF Award Winners!

Check out all the award winners at 2022 SASEF by clicking here. Thank you to all students, teachers, judges, and parents that invested their time in the 2022 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 campus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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.

In 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SASEF was hosted in a virtual format. Check out these photos of the 2020 event. You can also find a list of the 2020 award winners here and a list of the 2021 award winners here



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