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SASEF Awards

Click here to see 2020 SASEF Award Winners and watch the 2020 virtual award ceremony!

SASEF awards are broken down into several categories:

Senior Division
  • Overall Winners
    • Top two Senior Division win an all-expense-paid trip to the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair for themselves and their teacher
    • Scholarship prizes vary from $25-1,000
  • Certificate of Excellence Winners (awarded to top project in each category)
    • Each COE winner receives at least $50
  • Local Special Awards
    • Vary from $50-500
  • National Special Awards
  • Honorable Mention Awards
Junior Division
  • Overall Winners
    • Scholarship prizes vary from $25-200
  • Certificate of Excellence Winners (awarded to top project in each category)
    • Each COE winner receives at least $50
    • All Junior Division COE winners nominated for Broadcom MASTERS, a national middle school STEM competition
  • Local Special Awards
    • Vary from $50-500
  • National Special Awards
  • Honorable Mention Awards

Overall Winners

SASEF Senior Grand Champion $1,000
SASEF Senior Reserve Champion $750
SASEF Sr. 3rd place winners $250
SASEF Junior Grand Champion $200
SASEF Sr. 4th place winners $125
SASEF Junior Reserve Champion $100
SASEF 3rd place winners $75
SASEF Sr. 5th place winners $75
SASEF 4th place winners $50
SASEF 5th place winners $30
SASEF Juniors Certificate of Excellence $25
SASEF Senior Certificate of Excellence $25

Previous Local Special Awards

  • American Chemical Society, East Tennessee Section
    • $50 to best chemical sciences project in both Junior and Senior Divisions
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
    • $75 to best application of chemical engineering in both Junior and Senior Divisions
  • American Meteorological Society, Smoky Mountain Chapter
    • $100/each to two outstanding projects involving meteorology, climate, or atmospheric/oceanic science
  • Biology Teacher Award
    • Anonymous donor provides an award for excellence in life science research
  • Howard L. Bruer Award
    • The Tennessee Entomological Society gives this award each year to a student who has made an outstanding accomplishment in entomological activities in Tennessee. Learn more about the award here.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), East Tennessee Section
    • $100 to best demonstrations of electrical or electronics design or computer science in both Junior and Senior Divisions
  • Jewelry Television
    • JTV gift packages to projects in both Junior and Senior Divisions
  • Joanne Logan Sustainability Prize
    • $50 to the student of a project with sustainability at its core
    • $100 to the student’s teacher
  • Knox County Superintendent’s Award
    • $50 to an outstanding project
  • Oak Ridge National Lab
    • $500 and a letter from the Director of ORNL to one outstanding project
  • SASEF Staff Awards
    • $50 cash awards and certificates to the fair staffs’ favorite projects
  • Strata-G
    • Certificate awarded to a project that addresses stewardship and sustainability of the environment
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Great Smoky Mountain Alumni Chapter
    • $100 to outstanding projects in engineering in both Junior and Senior Divisions
  • Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA)
    • $50 to a project that exemplifies outstanding adherence to the scientific method

National Special Awards

Each year, SASEF is provided certificates and awards from national organizations to distribute at the fair. To view what organizations offer awards go to this page here.