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Suggested Teacher Timeline for Science Fair Projects

August – September:

  • Student selects research topic, begins literature review in library.


  • Student completes literature review (background research for report); writes hypothesis, objectives, and methods and materials; prepares data book; completes necessary paperwork such as human subjects forms.

Due October 27: SASEF Teacher Grants Due

November – December:

  • Student completes experiment, analyzes data, writes report and abstract. December 1: SASEF registration opens


  • Deadline for Pre-Approval Paperwork that includes Scientific reviews by SASEF SRC is January 15th


  • In-school fairs may be held at this time (if held after the Feb 28th deadline, then students qualify for the following year’s SASEF, not this year’s); winners selected to participate in SASEF.
  • Student completes data book.
  • Student uses online entry site to complete entry forms

Due February 28: SASEF Entry Forms Due


  • Student and teacher are informed about acceptance into SASEF (listed on SASEF website–please check there), all paperwork issues must be resolved.
  • Student prepares poster; practices for judge interviews.


  • SASEF held March 29 – April 30, 2021 at Thompson Boling Arena on The University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus.