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Middle School Awards


All Region II Middle School Science Fair projects will be judged using the following criteria:

Middle School Judging Criteria

Merit Awards

Many professional and industrial organizations provide awards in the form of cash prizes, certificates of merit, medallions, plaques, ribbons, scholarships, and gift items.

Read over the awards list paying special attention to the criteria and decide if you want to design your project with a special award in mind.

Broadcom MASTERS

The top 10% of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade projects will be nominated to enter the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars), which is the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students.

Grades eligible: 6-8

Citizens for Clean Energy

The Great Falls-based Citizens for Clean Energy organization (CCE) recognize science fair projects that address clean renewable energy, environmental protection, resource conservation or ecosystem restoration. CCE judges wearing identification badges will screen projects for relevance to the group’s mission and then interview those students about their work. These evaluations are conducted independently of the official science fair judging process. Students wishing to qualify for a CCE award are encouraged to include wording in their project title that helps link it to a clean energy/environmental protection theme. Cash awards are given to the top four places.

Grades eligible: 6-8

DoD STEM Leadership Prize

Sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD), the $100 "DoD STEM Leadership Prize" is given at 30 Broadcom MASTERS-affiliated middle school science fairs serving military-impacted areas in 2020. DoD STEM strives to grow a diverse pool of talented STEM professionals to meet the workforce needs of the future. The prize consists of a $100 award and a certificate acknowledging the middle school student or team demonstrates excellence in STEM, as well as the problem-solving skills and determination to overcome challenges throughout the research project.

Grades eligible: 6-8

Lemelson Early Inventor Prize

In partnership with The Lemelson Foundation, the Society for Science & the Public is offering a $100 prize to a 6th-8th grade inventor creating a promising solution to real-world problems.

The award winner will:
• Demonstrate problem-solving by identifying a critical problem.
• Apply empathy and STEM knowledge to find a practical solution.
• Display entrepreneurial thinking by developing a tangible method, process or device.
• Develop an invention to solve a critical societal problem and improve the lives of others.
• Ideally, exemplify environmentally-responsible thinking in their research and creation of the product.

Grades eligible: 6-8

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Awarded to the student whose research emphasizes NOAA's mission of Science, Service, and Stewardship: "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."

Grades eligible: 6-12

Naval Science Award

(Individual Projects ONLY - Team Projects NOT Eligible)

The Naval High School Science Awards Program (NSAP) is a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps program that encourages our nation's students to develop and retain an interest in science and engineering. NSAP recognizes the accomplishments of eligible students at regional and state science and engineering fairs and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in producing and presenting quality science and engineering projects.


Grades eligible: 6-12

The following awards are given to project exhibiting outstanding merit in each field:

Animal Science

Behavioral Science



Computer Systems & Robotics

Consumer Science

Energy: Chemical/Physical




Medicine & Health


Physics & Astronomy

Plant Science

Contact Information:

Dr. Leanne Frost
Great Falls College MSU
2100 16th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405
Institutional Review Board
Leanne Frost, Ed.D.
General Studies Division Director
Brenda Canine, Ph.D.
Biology Faculty
Daniel Casmier, Ph.D.
Chemistry Faculty
Elfriede Neber, M.S.
Behavioral Science Faculty
Russel Motschenbacher, M.S.N.
Nursing Program Director/Faculty
Scientific Review Committee
Leanne Frost, Ed.D.
General Studies Division Director
Brenda Canine, Ph.D.
Biology Faculty
Daniel Casmier, Ph.D.
Chemistry Faculty
Raimund Hahn, M.S.
Registered Professional Geologist