Special Category Awards

Students who enter the Alaska Science & Engineering Fair have many opportunities to win a wide range of awards. Many of these awards are special category awards, which are given independently by Alaskan, national, or international societies and organizations. These organizations supply their own judges and determine their prizes according to their own criteria.

The following special category awards have been given in the past and are expected to be offered this year. Links are provided if more information is available about the particular awards.

Note: Organizations may contact us if they wish to expand the description of their awards. The Alaska Science and Engineering Fair offers "Courtesy Pages" to organizations to describe their prizes and give helpful hints to students.

All awards in this list are subject to change at any time. Awards may be added or removed at any time.

  • Alaska Fly Fishers: Awarded to the best water-quality or aquatic life projects.
  • Alaska Geological Society: Awarded to the best geology projects in several age categories.
  • Alaska Professional Communicators: Best abstracts and best display communication in several age categories.
  • Alaska Resource Education: Awards for projects that best present an investigation of mineral, energy or forest resources. Additional awards are given to the winning students' teachers.
  • Alaska Science and Engineering Fair: In addition to the Main Category awards, we offer the Most Outstanding Science Teachers and School Trophies awards.
  • Alaska Science Teachers Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Psychological Association (APA) and Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS): Outstanding research in psychology under the category of behavioral and social sciences.
  • American Society for Microbiology: Alaska Branch. Awards will go to the best microbiology projects at the K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12 levels.
  • ASM International Foundation: Best materials engineering project.
  • Association of Women Geoscientists: Award to female students whose projects exemplify high standards of innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences. Special consideration is to be given to projects that increase the public awareness of the geosciences, illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences, or promote the sensitivity to the earth as a global system.
  • Chugach Gem and Mineral Society, Inc.: awards cash prizes for gem- and mineral-related projects. (Subject to change)
  • Commissioned Officer's Association/ USPHS Alaska Chapter
  • (Canceled) COSEE Ocean Science Fair: The Alaska SeaLife Center has informed us that their funding has been cut for the COSEE Ocean Science Fair for 2016. The Ocean Science Fair was previously held within the Alaska Science & Engineering Fair. If you have prepared an ocean sciences project, you may still enter your project in the Alaska Science and Engineering Fair and compete for other types of category and special category awards.
  • Discovery Young Scientists: Presented to the Middle School Category Winners. They receive a certificate, a lapel pin and a booklet that explains how to continue on in the competition.
  • Eastman Kodak Company: Best use of Photographic Images or Digital Image Processing to Gather Data, Solve a Problem, or Clearly Explain the Essence of a Science Project. One prize for the winning student and one for the sponsoring teacher.
  • Institute Of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Intel Excellence in Computer Science: The winner is the top first place winner of the computer science category in grades 9 through 12.
  • International Society for Optical Engineering: Best project that applies optics or photonics.
  • Mu Alpha Theta: Certificate to an individual or group project from grades 9-12 demonstrating the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving modern mathematics. This project does not necessarily have to be entered in the Mathematics category.
  • National Park Service: Awarded to one outstanding high school (grades 9-12) student project in ecology, biology, geology, engineering, ethnography/archaeology, or related disciplines, which is in line with the National Park Service mission.
  • National Society of Professional Engineers: Certificate and "NSPE Innovative Engineering Award" lapel pin and a subscription to Engineering times, to the most outstanding engineering project.
  • National Weather Service in conjunction with American Meteorological Society, Anchorage Chapter
  • Naval Research Laboratory Science Awards
  • North Pacific Research Board: Three new awards for marine science projects at each grade level.
  • Pioneer Marketing and Management: Best in the categories of Mathematics and Chemistry.
  • Prince William Sound Regional Citizen's Advisory Council  (PWSRCAC) Cash prizes for the best oil-spill-related projects at each of the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.
  • Ricoh Corporation: The Ricoh Sustainable Development Award goes to the one individual or team entry, selected from among all the general award categories whose principles and technical innovations offer the greatest potential for increasing our ability to grow environmentally friendly and socially responsible businesses. The winner will receive a certificate, a one-year subscription to Science News Magazine and be entered into a drawing for 2 digital cameras of which one goes to the winner's teacher.
  • Society for In Vitro Biology: One certificate to be awarded to the most outstanding 11 th grade student exhibiting in the areas of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture.
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers - Alaska Section (SPE): Cash and prize award given at each level for a project related to energy resources.
  • U. S. Air Force Awards
  • U. S. Army Research Laboratory Awards
  • U. S. Metric Association: Student in grades 9-12 whose project involves a significant amount of quantitative measurement and which best uses the SI (International System) metric system for those measurements.
  • University of Alaska Advanced College Tuition Scholarship: Recipient is currently a student between the grades of 6-8. They receive a scholarship account set up in the amount of $1,500 to attend the University of Alaska upon graduation from high school.
  • University of Alaska Chancellor's Scholarships: Recipients receive a tuition waiver to the University of Alaska, Anchorage for up to 12 credits the current fall semester and up to 12 credits the following spring semester. This waiver does not include books or fees.
  • Water Environment Federation U. S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP): The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is world's most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The Alaska Science and Engineering Fair would like to promote interest in the SJWP competition.
  • Yale Science & Engineering Association, Inc.: To student exhibiting in the areas of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry.