The next science fair is on:

February 3, 2018

at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, CT


    Date: May 5, 2016
    Subject: We need your help. Would you be interested in joining our Board of Directors?

    Who we are:
    We are a lean, “working board” comprised of hard-working and creative professionals from industry, public and private education, and higher education. We meet approximately once per month for the purpose of promoting STEM across Connecticut, and organizing and running an annual science fair for high school students. We started with 1 high school and seven students, have grown to 9+ schools with 300+ students and 300+ judges and volunteers, and have plans to further expand across the state of Connecticut while offering a larger menu of programs to teachers and students. We recruit and train judges, we fundraise and provide scholarships to students, and we promote opportunities for students to enter multiple science competitions. One could say that we are experts on running a major science fair on a shoestring budget. We volunteer our time, with each member serving on multiple committees including: Communications; Judging; Logistics; Fundraising; Science Review Committee/ Institutional Review Board; Nominating; Scholarship; and Grant-writing.

    Who you are:
    You have been a judge at our annual science fair, you understand our mission, and you have already seen first-hand what we are all about. You are caring, hard-working and creative professional who is interested in the welfare of high school students in general and specifically in promoting further opportunities for these students to engage in STEM-related activities and pursue STEM-related careers. You are a busy person (“Want to get something done? Ask a busy person!”) with excellent time management skills. You have experience in some or all of the following disciplines: writing grants, cultivating and maintaining personal contacts with foundations for the purpose of fund-raising, use of social media to expand influence through Facebook, websites, Constant Contact, Twitter, Snapchat, and other media. You are able to volunteer approximately 2-4 hours per month with an intense burst of energy between late December and early February when the annual Fair is held.

    If you are interested in finding out more view our website at and connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

  • Eisenbarth photo
    The keynote speaker for the 2017 CT-STEM Fair will be Doctor Stephanie C. Eisenbarth, MD, PhD. Doctor Eisenbarth is an Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Immunobiology and Medicine (Immunology) at Yale School of Medicine. Her research centers on how the innate branch of the immune system regulates adaptive immunity in disease states such as allergy/asthma and in beneficial states such as vaccination. She is currently focused on defining the function of a rare but crucial group of immune cells called dendritic cells, which survey tissues for infection/damage and translate this information into a productive immune response.
    Doctor Eisenbarth has received numerous honors including:
    The Society of Leukocyte Biology Women & Diversity Paper of the Year
    The Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award with Distinction from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists
    The American Society for Clinical Investigation Young Physician-Scientist Award
    G. Jeanette Thorbecke Award for an outstanding early career female scientist from the Society of Leukocyte Biology
  • The CT STEM Fair is sponsored by the Connecticut STEM Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) (3) organization. If you have colleagues or friends whom you feel would be good judges, please encourage them to contact us, or forward their names to us so that we can contact them. We will need more than 200 judges for this fair! We look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you for all your help.

    Contact:  Fran Walker Lichtenberg at

    Chair of Judges
    Telephone: 203-371-0778 | E-mail:

    Individuals with a background in one of the sciences, engineering or mathematics are needed to serve as judges for the 16th Annual Connecticut STEM Fair to be held Saturday February 4, 2017 at Darien High School in Darien, CT.

    What does being a judge involve?
    • On the day of the Fair (February 4, 2017): Judging 5-8 projects or research proposals in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, or Engineering. Judges are to arrive at the fair by 8:00 am on Saturday, and will be finished with judging by 1:00 pm. Judges are encouraged to stay for the Keynote Speaker and awards presentation that will begin at 1:30 pm.
    • After judges check-in at 8:00 a.m on fair day, they will assemble with the other members of their team to review the projects assigned in advance, plus any additional assignments for their team. Judges will be offered on-line training via the fair website.

    Judges work in teams of 2 or 3 members, each with a “captain” who has served as a judge previously. Each project is evaluated by 2 teams. Having as many judges as there are projects keeps the judging process manageable. It is important that the judging be concluded by 1 pm, so that the keynote presentation and awards ceremony can be held beginning at 1:30 pm. A continental breakfast and sandwich lunch will be provided to all judges.