LI Science and Engineering Fair, Inc., a 501c3 corporation, promotes three science research fairs that are extremely successful and professional events. Since 2005, the number of schools participating in the Charles Duggan LISEF Fair for high school students, named for our founder, increased from 50 to 70 schools. Charles’ dream was to reach 100 schools and we hope to reach that goal. The JV Fair, organized in 2011, grew out of a proposal fair that in 2010 had 27 projects; by its second year, the JV Fair’s numbers jumped to 87 projects. The Middle School Fair is undergoing reorganization after gaining a new national sponsor; we hope that the Thermo Fisher JIC Middle School Competition will spur a resurgence in our middle school fair.
Each year LISEF, Inc. incurs two major expenses, the cost of sponsoring 3 fairs over 2 days and sponsoring up to 20 LISEF projects to the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) each May. ISEF brings together over 1,500 students from 70 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: a $75,000 college scholarship. At ISEF, LISEF students mingle with Nobel Laureates, meet the brightest student scientists from all over the world and have the opportunity to present their work to over 1000 judges. LISEF winners historically do well with 65% – 80% winning at least one award; we almost always have 1 or more Best in Category winner.
We strive to fulfill Charles Duggan’s vision stated in the goals set out in the original bylaws.