Student Timeline


Late Summer and Early Fall

Choose a research project for your local school science fair. We have some great links on the Project Ideas page. There are also tons of great ideas on the Science Buddies website.

Does the project involve humans, animals, or hazardous chemicals or dangerous activities? If so, you need to find out what protocol procedures and forms you will need. Use our Forms Finder page. It is also highly recommended that you download and read the Intel ISEF International Rules & Guidelines booklet.


Take a student research workshop. Not required, but ENCOURAGED! Meet a lot of students like you who are interested in science.

Student Research Workshop Page


Late November!

DEADLINE: November 25th, 2020

If your project requires prior protocol or approval and/or review from our Regional SRC/IRB/IACUC Boards/Committees, turn in your paperwork to the STEM office on or before this date.


Dates for your local research competitions are determined by each school.

Check with your teachers because every school is different. They are usually sometime between December and the end of January.

First Week of February




DEADLINE:  February 10th, 2020
Regional student qualifiers complete our ONLINE ENTRY FORM. Be sure to print a copy for yourself. Go to: Student Online Registration for more information.

The school contact (usually the teacher) completes the Regional Entries Transmittal Form on this date.


DEADLINE: February 12th, 2020    This is the day when you turn in all your paperwork, including the signature page, required forms, protocol forms, and pay your entry fee. For more information, go to our Paperwork Day  page. All exhibitors will be sent (via postal mail and email) an information packet about 10 days prior to the Research Challenge date.

March 26, 2020

Setup Day EXPO New Mexico - Manual Lujan Building.

March 27, 2020

Judging Day EXPO New Mexico - Manual Lujan Building.

March 28, 2020

Saturday Awards Ceremonies

In the past, the schedule was as follows:

Junior & Senior Special Awards

EXPO New Mexico - Manual Lujan Building

10:45am- 12:30pm
Grand Awards Ceremony

EXPO New Mexico - Manual Lujan Building


March 28, 2020

Project Tear Down at EXPO New Mexico - Manual Lujan Building  immediately following the Grand Awards Ceremony. Estimated at 1:00 to 2:30 pm. - times TBD.

NOTE: All materials left after 2:30 pm will be thrown away as we do not have adequate storage available.