Eligibility, Divisions & Categories

Eligibility, Divisions & Categories


Students in grades 4-12
Students attending any public, parochial, private, or home school anywhere in the greater Mid-Michigan area (e.g., Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, Shiawassee, St. Clair, and Tuscola counties), or in any other Michigan county not served by an ISEF affiliated fair.


Elementary: Grades 4, 5
Junior: Grades 6–8
Senior: Grades 9–12
Group Projects: All Grades
Group Projects (made by more than one student) are judged against the individual student projects within the appropriate grade level. Group members must be within the same division.


Three major categories divide projects in the Flint Regional Science & Engineering Fair:

Life Sciences

Behavioral & Social Science - Psychology, Human Behavior, Social Relationships
Microbiology - Study of Bacteria and Viruses
Plants Sciences - Study of Plant Life
Medicine & Health Sciences - Study of Humans and Their Biology, Diseases and Health
Cellular & Molecular Biology - Biology of Microorganisms
Animal Sciences - Study of Animals

Earth & Environment

Biochemistry - Chemistry of Life Processes
Chemistry - Study of the Nature and Composition of Matter and Laws Governing It
Earth & Planetary Science - Geology, Meteorology, Mineralogy, Oceanography, Climatology & Space Science
Environmental Science - Study of Air, Water and Land Pollution
Environmental Management - Recycling and Ecosystem Management

Physical Sciences

Computer Science - Study and Development of Computer Software, Hardware and Associated Logical Devices
Engineering - Materials & Bioengineering - Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical
Mathematics - Numerical and Algebraic Computations, Statistics
Physics & Astronomy - Theories, Principals and Laws Governing the Physical Universe

All judging uses these categories; however, only the Junior Division will earn awards specific to these three categories (i.e., a first place award for each category).