North Carolina Science Fair Foundation

iseflogo2The North Carolina Science Fair Foundation (NCSFF) is a non-profit educational organization that is the proud sponsor of the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF). The NCSFF supports the NCSEF through fundraising and outreach to inspire innovation and excellence in student research.

The NCSEF is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). ISEF is organized by the Society for Science & the Public dedicated to the public engagement in scientific research and education. Their vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, inspire. Through this affiliation, selected NCSEF students progress to compete in the Broadcom Master’s Program for grades 5-8 and the ISEF for grades 9-12. ISEF provides the rules and regulations governing student engaged research and safety for the NCSEF.

Mission

The North Carolina Science Fair Foundation (NCSFF) is a not-for-profit educational organization whose purpose is to increase the awareness of, exposure to, and participation in inquiry-based science learning. 

NCSFF promotes science and engineering research by elementary, middle, and high school students and partners with teachers to integrate student scientific research into science education, both formal and informal.

NCSFF works to increase diversity and engagement of underrepresented student populations in science and engineering research.

NCSFF organizes science and engineering fairs to showcase and celebrate student research and learning.

Vision Statement

NCSFF will be a recognized leader for integrating student research into science and engineering education at the elementary and secondary level.

The NCSFF community will include students, educators, parents, researchers, business, and government whose future depends upon science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Through the efforts of NCSFF, more of the youth of our state will become scientifically literate citizens and contribute to society as science and engineering leaders.

Goals

1. Provide effective internal and external communications

2. Support outreach and professional development activities for stakeholders

3. Develop and maintain a strong and effective board

4. Attract and develop partners to expand the impact and reach of NCSFF

5. Develop and maintain strong resource acquisition plans to support NCSFF activities

6. Support regional fairs and regional fair directors

Contacts

 

Foundation Officers

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Chris Ashwell
Chair

NC State University
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Rachel Graham
Chair Elect

UNC Medical School
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Pamela Gilchrist
Immediate Past Chair

NC State University
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Theresa Scocca
Secretary

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My favorite part of the science fair is seeing the young competitors excited about not only their projects but the entire experience - explaining their idea and results to experts, visiting a college campus, and meeting fellow competitors who are also excited about science, engineering, and technology.
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Eric Sherk
Treasurer

Marvell Semiconductor
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Judy Day
Fair Director

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Foundation Board Members

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Tom Williams
Development

Strategic Educational Alliances, Inc
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Pamela Lovin
Awards Coordinator

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Scott Ryals
Judge Coordinator

NCDENR
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 I have been involved with the Science Fair for going on 10 years and each year it is amazing and encouraging to see the ingenuity, inquisitiveness, and desire to learn exhibited by all the students who enter the competition. My involvement and interaction with the students continues to rekindle my love for science.
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Rachel Graham
Scientific Review Committee

UNC Medical Center
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Manley Midgett
Outreach Coordinator

Meredith College
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Sara Smith
Awards

UNC-Charlotte
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Beth Harris
Web Master

Seven Oaks Consulting
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Scott Billman
Past Chairperson

Biogen
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Elizabeth Wolfinger
Past Chairperson

Meredith College
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Mohammed Ahmed
Board Member

North Carolina Central University
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Tom Daly
Board Member

Retired Superintendent
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Gabi Gahli
Board Member

Red Hat
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Ryan Gilmore
Board Member

Satsuma Pharmaceuticals
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 I believe the NCSEF is important because as a scientist myself, I feel it is important to motivate students toward science. The science fair contributes to a student’s social skills development, pubic speaking skills and problem solving abilities. Watching students hypothesize an idea and reach a conclusion is truly an exciting thing to experience.
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Sandra Halverson
Board Member

Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.
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Exposure to science changed the trajectory of my life and I believe the NCSFF offers many of the same opportunities to students of all ages. The science fair allows students to challenge themselves, to bring an idea to fruition, to develop their critical thinking and presentation skills, and to work with others who share their interest in science. Watching students present their hard work with pride and joy is what the science fair is all about. 
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Frieda Sanders
Board Member

Wake Tech Community College
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NCSEF is integral in promoting youth creativity, talent, and scientific based inquiry by providing opportunities to showcase through STEM exploration. That is definitely something that I want to be a part of and serve to support tomorrows leaders.
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Dorota Temple
Board Member

RTI International
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Elizabeth Turpin
Board Member

Applied Lifesciences & Systems
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 I believe in the power of inquiry-based learning to excite students about science and transform them from students into scientists. The NC Science and Engineering Fairs provides a forum to showcase the student’s learnings and talents. Being a part of the NCSEF Board will allow me to participate in the student’s development and bring a passion for science to all areas of North Carolina.
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James Tyus
Board Member

BioResource International Inc.
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The importance of science fairs extends beyond the (very valuable) technical training students receive. Students develop confidence as they share their work and hone communication skills. They get a sense of pride from competing hard, whether they win or not. They learn grace in defeat. These experiences, and what they take from them, make for more well-rounded students and citizens.

Regional Directors

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Eric Anderson
Region 1 Director

East Carolina University
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Dr. Carmen Sidbury
Region 2 Director

Director, UNCW Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
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 As a champion for inclusive excellence in the sciences, I feel strongly that all students should be afforded opportunities to not only pursue degrees in those disciplines but also to explore the full range of career options enabled through science and the integration of STEM content. Through the mission of the North Carolina Science Fair Foundation we have the opportunity to inspire the next generation by enabling research experiences. It is an honor to join the board and support efforts to provide professional development opportunities to regional K-16 educators and educational opportunities to local K-12 students to expand the STEM talent pool in North Carolina.
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Barrington Ross
Region 3A Director

Teacher, Brogden Middle School,
Pastor, Pearson Chapel AME Church,

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 After serving over 8 years on the NCSF foundation board, the growth of the inquiry based science has increased in NC and the exposure for budding scientists has been extensive and rewarding. As we look beyond, may the support for these young people be embraced by science and engineering communities to solve today's and tomorrow's challenges.
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John Bennett
Region 3B Director

NC School of Science and Math
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 NCSEF provides important opportunities for students to develop and share their interests and passions for the STEM fields. We need to encourage students to pursue these fields that are critical for understanding our world.
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Roland Stout
Region 4 Director

UNC-Pembroke
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Judy Day
Interim Region 5 Director

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Alisa Wickliff
Region 6 Director

UNC-Charlotte
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Coleman Bailey
Region 7 Director

Appalachian State University
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Dr. Kelley Dinkelmeyer
Region 8 Director

Western Carolina University
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