Awards

Due to the generosity of our sponsors and special award donors, over $60,000 in cash awards, school grants and trips are provided to recognize the hard work and success of our students!

Grand Awards

Four Grand Award Winners, Senior Division only, are selected from the First and Second Place Winners in each category and represent Region IX in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Transportation and living expenses are provided for them to attend the Fair. Two teachers will also be selected to attend ISEF.  Each Grand Award Winner receives a plaque from Region IX. 

Two Grand Award Winners, Junior Division are selected from the First Place Winners in each category, and each Grand Award Winner receives a $50 gift certificate and a plaque from Region IX.

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Finalists in each category of both divisions become certified for entry in the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair (LSEF) conducted at LSU in Baton Rouge. The number of finalists allowed to enter the state fair is determined by LSEF and varies by year.

GNOSEF Cash Awards

Cash awards are given by the Fair in each category.

 

Junior Division

Senior Division

1. First Place

$50 and medal

$75 and medal

2. Second Place

$30 and medal

$50 and medal

3. Third Place

$15 and medal

$25 and medal

4. Honorable Mention

$10

$15

Jr. Division GNOSEF Teacher/Mentor Recognition Awards

A total of $500 in cash prizes will be awarded to teachers/mentors (excluding parents and GNOSEF board, committee members and volunteers) who have gone the extra mile to support their students in the Junior Division.

Social Media Awards

Prizes (valued at > $50 each) will be awarded to a first place winner for both middle school and high school categories.  A second prize (valued at $25) will be awarded to a middle school or high school student, not necessarily a GNOSEF participant, who participated in the GNOSE Social Media Contest. Winners will be selected at random for their #GNOSEF social media post interactions. GNOSEF participants and social media spectators who use the hashtag #GNOSEF on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram posts between now and Feb. 26th will be entered to win with one entry for each time the hashtag is posted. If a relevant picture or video is posted along with the #GNOSEF hashtag, the participant’s name will be entered twice. (Phones may be brought into the GNOSEF in order to participate during the fair.)

* 2018 Special Awards provided by GNOSEF Sponsors *

Thank you to our GNOSEF Sponsors for providing awards in addition to providing funding for the operation of the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair.

James de la Houssaye Mentor Awards

This award is sponsored by Mr. H. Britton Sanderford and recognizes a high school teacher or mentor for their educational and inspirational work with students pursuing STEM inquiry.  The top winner will receive a $5,000 cash award.  The runner up will receive a $2,000 cash reward. Teachers/mentors who are considered for this award must have entries in the GNOSEF Senior Division with direct affiliation as Adult Sponsor, Qualified Scientist, or Direct Supervisor as defined by ISEF.  Selection for the award will be based on the level of mentorship as determined by student input on a survey and on the number of projects entered in the GNOSEF and awards received at the GNOSEF for those entries.  Surveys will be distributed in mid-January and must be complete by the end of the GNOSEF project judging day, Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.  Winners will be announced at the GNOSEF Awards Ceremony.

Neuroscience/Machine Learnings Scholarship Award

The H. Britton Sanderford Neuroscience/Machine Learning Project Award recognizes excellent work in the field of neuroscience, the study of the molecular, cellular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational, and medical aspects of the nervous system, and the field of machine learnings, a subfield of computer science and artificial intelligence that deals with the construction and study of systems that can learn from data, rather than follow only explicitly programmed instructions. ONE (1) senior division (high school) winner will be presented with a $2,000 college scholarship upon presentation of their acceptance letter into a college or university.

Entergy Corporation ”Powering the Future” Scholarship Award

$1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a female, high school senior with an outstanding, promising project, upon presentation of their acceptance letter into a college or university.

New Orleans Section of NACE International

Lavigne Gatzke Sr. High and  Richard (Dick) Dannenberg Jr. High Student Awards – Students who demonstrate the best understanding of corrosion. 1st Place Students $200/ Teachers $200 & 2nd Place Students $100/Teachers $100 (both Senior and Junior Divisions). Students, Teachers and Parent winners will also be invited to attend the June NACE/ASM recognition luncheon. Go to www.nace.org/nola for details.

Bruce J. Heim Foundation Award

$250 is to be divided with $200 to a submitting student and $50 to his/her sponsoring teacher to recognize an Outstanding Medical Research Project.

* 2018 Special Awards provided by Individuals and Organizations *

Many individuals and organizations give Special Awards in conjunction with the Region IX Fair. To register a special award for the 2018 GNOSEF, please go to SPECIAL AWARDS REGISTRATION.

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) (Local)

A 1st place award of $150 and a 2nd place award of $75 in both divisions for the “Best Engineering Project” as determined by our judges.

Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers-N.O. Branch (Local)

A 1st place award of $100 and a 2nd place award of $75 in both divisions for outstanding projects dealing with principles of Structural Engineering. Each Winner’s School Science Teacher or Sponsor will also receive $50 award.

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (Local)

A plaque and VIP visit to our facility to the best project demonstrating improvement in utilization or safety of agricultural products in both the Senior and Junior Divisions.

Women for a Better Louisiana (Local)

Three $50 cash awards, one in both Junior and Senior Division for outstanding projects stressing environmental concerns. One in the Senior Division for behavioral science.

 

 

 

2017 Special Awards – ARCHIVE

Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Awards*

All four grand award winners in the senior division receive a $1000 scholarship from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation upon presentation of an acceptance letter into a college of their choice. Additionally, materials and/or field trip grants are presented to participating high schools which have a minimum of 10 projects competing in the senior division. $10,000 is divided among eligible schools.

James de la Houssaye Mentor Awards

This award is sponsored by Mr. H. Britton Sanderford and recognizes a high school teacher or mentor for their educational and inspirational work with students pursuing STEM inquiry.  ONE winner will be selected for the top honor, which includes a $5,000 cash award to the teacher/mentor and a $5,000 award to his/her student’s school for the enhancement of STEM education.  A runner up will be selected and will receive a $1,000 cash award and a $1,000 award to his/her school for the enhancement of STEM education. Teachers/mentors who are considered for this award must have entries in the GNOSEF Senior Division with direct affiliation as Adult Sponsor, Qualified Scientist, or Direct Supervisor as defined by ISEF, and have not have received this award in the previous 2 years.  Selection for the award will be based on the level of mentorship as determined by student input on a survey and on the number of projects entered in the GNOSEF and awards received at the GNOSEF for those entries.  Surveys will be distributed in mid-January and must be complete by the end of the GNOSEF project judging day, Wednesday, February 24th, 2016.  Winners will be announced at the GNOSEF Awards Ceremony.

Neuroscience/Machine Learnings Scholarship Award

The H. Britton Sanderford Neuroscience/Machine Learning Project Award recognizes excellent work in the field of neuroscience, the study of the molecular, cellular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational, and medical aspects of the nervous system, and the field of machine learnings, a subfield of computer science and artificial intelligence that deals with the construction and study of systems that can learn from data, rather than follow only explicitly programmed instructions.  ONE senior division (high school) winner will be presented with a $4,000 college scholarship – $1,000 per year provided the student is enrolled and maintains a minimum 3.0 average.

Jr. Division GNOSEF Teacher/Mentor Recognition Awards

A total of $500 in cash prizes will be awarded to teachers/mentors (excluding parents and GNOSEF board, committee members and volunteers) who have gone the extra mile to support their students.

Social Media Awards

Prizes (valued at > $50 each) will be awarded to a first place winner for both middle school and high school categories.  A second prize (valued at $25) will be awarded to a middle school or high school student, not necessarily a GNOSEF participant, who participated in the GNOSE Social Media Contest. Winners will be selected at random for their #GNOSEF social media post interactions. GNOSEF participants and social media spectators who use the hashtag #GNOSEF on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram posts between now and Feb. 26th will be entered to win with one entry for each time the hashtag is posted. If a relevant picture or video is posted along with the #GNOSEF hashtag, the participant’s name will be entered twice. (Phones may be brought into the GNOSEF in order to participate during the fair.)

Special Awards in Conjunction with the Region IX Fair

Many scientific and governmental agencies give Special Awards in conjunction with the Region IX Fair. To register a special award for the 2017 GNOSEF, please go to SPECIAL AWARDS REGISTRATION.

2017 Special Awards with Trips!

ASM International Foundation (National)*

Foundation will recognize the most outstanding 10th and 11th Grade High School (students going into 11th and 12th grade) exhibits in materials engineering science. First Place student winner is awarded a certificate, medallion, and all-expense-paid trip to a one-week materials camp in Ohio on July 31 to August 5, 2016. 2nd place winner is recognized and is an alternate should the first place winner not be able to attend the materials camp. Note: Winners must meet Student Camp eligibility requirements. Students, Teachers and Parents of winners will also be invited to attend the June 20th NACE/ASM recognition luncheon at UNO University Center. Go to www.nace.org/nola for details.

I-SWEEEP- International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, & Environment)

Project Olympiad*

Awarded to top high school project selected in the categories of Energy, Engineering, or Environment whose display shows outstanding work in the theme of environmental sustainability and innovation. The student and supervisor teacher (or parent) will have the opportunity to attend I-SWEEEP in Houston, TX on April 26-May 1, 2016, with hotel accommodation, all breakfasts and pre-arranged luncheons, and local transportation. Transportation to and from Houston is the responsibility of the winner. Student needs to register their project before the application deadline – 10 days after receipt of the award (March 10, 2015).

2017 Special Awards

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Greater New Orleans Section (Local)*********

Awards will be given to the winners in both Junior and Senior Divisions for categories related to or in support of aerospace, including Space and Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering and Physics.

American Meteorological Society (National)*********

Society will award two (2) certificates for Outstanding Achievement for creative scientific endeavor to students in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in the areas of atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

American Petroleum Institute (API) Delta Chapter (Local)*********

 

Three awards for Senior Division projects related to energy:
(1) Chairman’s Award recipient and teacher each receives $125.
(2) Distinguished Project award winner and teacher each will receive $75.
(3) Honorable Mention awardees and teacher each will receive $45.

American Psychological Association (National)*********

Association will award one (1) certificate recognizing outstanding research by a student in psychological science entered in the category of behavioral and social sciences or any category related to psychology (e.g., animal sciences, biochemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematical science, medicine & health).

American Welding Society – New Orleans Section (Local)*********

A $150 check & certificate in the Senior Division and a $100 check & certificate in the Junior Division for the best project in the Welding or Materials Joining field. Honorable Mention certificate(s) may be awarded for other deserving project(s) at the judges’ discretion.

Association for Women Geoscientists Foundation (National)*********

Association will provide one (1) award certificate to a female student whose project, in the opinion of the judges, exemplifies high standards of innovation and scientific excellence in the geosciences.

ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives (National)*********

Recognizes two high school projects in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 (ages 15-20) who seek innovative solutions to humanity’s most challenging problems. Winners can be selected from any category and should convey intent in their research to solve a complex problem that involves social justice, environmental and economic prosperity. Recognized students will receive a certificate and will be nominated to enter for the Grand Prize, a trip to Arizona for the 2017 Sustainability Solutions Festival. Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives is a program of Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Broadcom MASTERS (National)*********

The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) is a competition for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who participate in an SSP-affiliated fair with their science, engineering or math project.  The top 10% of participating projects are nominated to compete in the national competition.

Bruce J. Heim Foundation (Local)*********

The $500.00 check is to be divided $250.00 in support of the GNOSEF and $250.00 to be divided $200 to the submitting student and $50 to the sponsoring teacher to recognize an Outstanding Medical Research Project.

Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans)*********

A $50 check and a certificate for an overall winner, for excellence in scientific achievement related to cancer research.

GENIUS Olympiad (National))*********

GENIUS (Global Environmental Issues) Olympiad will award certificates to two (2) projects which provide understanding and solutions to environmental problems using scientific knowledge. Projects need to be registered by April 4, 2016 to participate as a finalist at the GENIUS Olympiad in Oswego, New York June 12-17, 2016.

Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group (Local)*********

The winners will receive a medal. In addition to the medal they will receive an invite you to our Lafayette meeting to display their project for our membership. They will also be asked to join us for lunch along with a guest.

Intel Excellence in Computer Science (National)*********

Intel will award a certificate and a $200 cash prize to the first place winner in Computer Science in the Senior Division.

Iota Sigma Pi, National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry (Local Chapter)*********

Award for an outstanding project by a female student in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related science.

MENSA – (The High IQ Society), N.O. Chapter (Local)*********

1st and 2nd place Junior Division and Senior Division awards will be presented for projects showing creativity backed by rigorous scientific reasoning.

M.S. Benbow & Associates (Local)*********

First prize-$75; second prize-$50, for outstanding Senior Division investigative projects in the field of Electrical Engineering.

Mu Alpha Theta (National)*********

Organization will provide one (1) certificate to the individual or team project in the senior division demonstrating the most challenging, original, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving mathematics accessible to a high school student. Components of the investigation may include, but are not limited to, mathematical proof, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, visualization, simulation, and approximation. This award is not restricted to projects entered in the Mathematics category.

NASA EARTH System Science Award (National)********NEW

Organization will provide one (1) certificate to an individual or team project that exhibits a clear and focused purpose that displays an Earth systems science perspective, uses the scientific process, demonstrates a well-designed plan and data collection methods, as well as demonstrates understanding of interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions. Earth System science is the study of complex interactions of the various components that make up our Earth’s atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere and how Earth is constantly changing as each of these components interact.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (National)*********

NOAA will award a letter of congratulations, an award certificate, and a NOAA medallion to one individual student (middle or high school), selected from among all the general award categories, whose research emphasizes NOAA’s Science, Service, and Stewardship mission to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems, and resources.

New Orleans Federal Executive Board (Local)*********

To the outstanding exhibit on energy conservation and/or energy resource development, Senior and Junior Divisions: To each a Medallion with ribbon and a $100 check.

New Orleans Geological Society (Local)*********

For outstanding exhibits in Earth Sciences, Senior and Junior Divisions: 1st Prize: $100, 2nd Prize: $75, and 3rd Prize: $50. 1st Place winners and their teachers invited to NOGS spring meeting.

New Orleans Section of NACE International (Local)*********

Lavigne Gatzke Sr. High and  Richard (Dick) Dannenberg Jr. High Student Awards – Students who demonstrate the best understanding of corrosion. 1st Place Students $200/ Teachers $200 & 2nd Place Students $100/Teachers $100 (both Senior and Junior Divisions). Students, Teachers and Parent winners will also be invited to attend the June 20th NACE/ASM recognition luncheon. Go towww.nace.org/nola for details.

Office of Naval Research (U.S. Navy/ U.S. Marine Corps) (National)

Certificates of achievement and medallions will be presented to Junior Division winners. Senior Division winners will be presented with a certificate of achievement, a medallion, and award letter redeemable with the Technology Management Training Group Inc. for $50 gift cards redeemable online or in the store.  Winners must be US citizens to receive these awards.

Pontchartrain Astronomy Society (Local)

Three awards will be given for outstanding projects in the field of Astronomy or a related Science for entries in either the Junior or Senior Division.

Ricoh Americas Corporation (National)*********

One individual or team project, selected from among all the general award categories, to be presented with a certificate recognizing their outstanding efforts in addressing issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development in their science and engineering project.

Sierra Club, New Orleans Group (Local)

Senior Division environmental projects: 1st place award of $25 and a subscription to the Sierra magazine. 2nd place award of $25 and a subscription to the Sierra magazine. Junior Division award: $25 and a subscription to the Sierra magazine.

Society for In Vitro Biology (National)*********

The Society for In Vitro Biology will recognize the most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the areas of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture. The student will receive a certificate, a letter of congratulations and publicity in the society’s newsletter on their website.

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) (Local)*********

A 1st place award of $150 and a 2nd place award of $75 in both divisions for the “Best Engineering Project” as determined by our judges.

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Inc. Delta Chapter (Local)*********

Junior Division – Energy Category, Relating to Oil Industry: (1) First Place student and teacher each $125, (2) Second Place student and teacher each $75; (3) Third Place award winner and teacher will each receive $50.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize (National)*********

The best three (3) water-related Senior Division science fair projects will receive an award certificate and possibly advance to the State Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition.

Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers-N.O. Branch (Local)*********

A 1st place award of $100 and a 2nd place award of $75 in both divisions for outstanding projects dealing with principles of Structural Engineering. Each Winner’s School Science Teacher or Sponsor will also receive $50 award.

Tulane University School of Science and Engineering – Tulane Science Scholars Program*********

The Tulane Science Scholars Program (TSSP) with financial support from the Bruce J. Heim Foundation will give both a certificate and a full scholarship worth $1250 for a summer course to a 10th or 11th grade student who has an exceptional project in an area of science or engineering. The TSSP is a selective program for rising juniors or seniors who have exceptional talent in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The student will have to submit all necessary documents before the March 16th deadline including application, essay, letter of recommendation, and school transcript. The winner will choose their preference from a list of several courses and receive three hours of college credit upon the completion of the course. The winner may also live on campus during the course for a fee. A second place winner is recognized and is an alternate should the first place winner not be able to attend. More information about the TSSP can be found on the website: http://tssp.tulane.edu.

U.S. Air Force (National)*********

Awards will be given to projects that best incorporate the studies of math, sciences and engineering and when possible, recognize projects that offer Air Force applicability.

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (Local) 

A plaque and VIP visit to our facility to the best project demonstrating improvement in utilization or safety of agricultural products in both the Senior and Junior Divisions.

U.S. Metric Association (National)*********

Association will award a certificate to the student whose project involves quantitative measures and which best uses the SI metric system for those measurements.

U.S. Public Health Service Surgeon General’s Science Award (National))*********

Department will award one certificate signed by the Surgeon General and the USPHS medallion for recognition of an outstanding student project that creatively illustrates the Surgeon General’s focus on promoting healthy lifestyles through tobacco-free living, preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use, healthy eating, active living, injury and violence-free living, mental and emotional well-being, and reproductive and sexual health.

Women for a Better Louisiana (Local) *

Two $50 cash awards, one in each Junior and Senior Division for outstanding projects stressing environmental concerns.

Yale Science & Engineering Association, Inc. (National)*********

YSEA will award a certificate to an outstanding 11th grade project in one of the following areas: Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry. Winner must complete the AWARD ACCEPTANCE FORM online to receive a formal award certificate, suitable for framing, and a pewter medallion.