• Upcoming Competitions


    1. Regeneron STS 2019-2020:


    A paper based competition open to all students with completed research. Seniors are required to enter. All information can be found on their website.


    Official website:



    NOTE: The application is quite lengthy. Do not put it off. 


    Regeneron STS Application is Now Open

    Before you leave the lab - Forms Wizard (our deadline)

    Before first day of school - Biographical Information (our deadline)

    Beore first day of school - Mentor and Teacher Recommendation Requests (our deadline)

    Before first day of school - Personal Essays (our deadline)

    Before first day of school - Completed outline of research paper

    September 13th - Transcript Request (our deadline)

    November 13th, 8PM EST - Application Deadline (official deadline)






    1. Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (WR-JSHS) 2019-2020:


    A competition open to all students with completed research. Seniors are required to compete. Students submit papers, and a committee decides whether students will present via Powerpoint or poster. 


      • The regional WR-JSHS competition will be held on Saturday, February 8 at John Jay High School from 8 AM - Approximately 4 PM.
      • Please view the Student Information Booklet for all details. Note that some information on our website is different; this IS INTENTIONAL.



    Speakers and Competitive Poster applicants must have completed a piece of original research including data collection, analysis and conclusions.
    The Display Poster category is for students just beginning their research and who may not have collected enough data for analysis and conclusion.

    Deadlines and Dates:

    Friday, October 25 - Deadline for electronic registration (their deadline, not ours. If you are late, you will not compete). See Mr. Prendergast to complete your electronic registration. 

    Wednesday, November 13 - Deadline for completed registration. Submit all materials from the appropriate category to Mr. Prendergast.


    Requirements for Speaker Presenters (all seniors):

    (12 minute presentation + Q&A)

    In a manila folder with your name on it, please submit the following:

    -A paper-clipped stack of: Your paper in proper JSHS formatting, student certification, and scientist certification

    -A paper-clipped stack of: One copy of your abstract in proper JSHS formatting (you may use 1.5 spacing) AND one copy of your abstract in proper JSHS formatting BUT WITH ONLY YOUR PROJECT TITLE AND YOUR NAME in the heading.

    Forms and information on abstract formatting and paper formatting are available here: http://www.albany.edu/jshs/index.shtml





    Competitive Poster Presenters (Juniors with completed research)

    (5 minute presentation + 2 minute Q&A)

    In a manila folder with your name on it, please submit the following:

    -A paper-clipped stack of: Your paper in proper JSHS formatting (you may use 1.5 spacing), student certification, and scientist certification

    Forms and information on abstract formatting and paper formatting are available here: http://www.albany.edu/jshs/index.shtml




    Display Posters (Limited to 5 per school, completed research not required)

    (5-6 minute presentation + Q&A) 


    No application materials required


    About the competition:

    Speaker Presenters will be notified in late December.  Speakers will present a twelve minute power point presentation. Students selected as speakers must with their presentation on a flash drive and have it saved in email, Dropbox or Google Drive just in case. The presentation must be in PowerPoind, and it must not include identifying information: NO school name, NO teacher names, and NO mentor/affiliation names. Students arriving on the day of the competition without a power-point presentation will be disqualified. 

    Students competing as speakers who place 1st or 2nd in a room qualify to compete as speakers in Albany, and have a chance to move on to the National JSHS Competition.

    Students competing as speakers who place 3rd or 4th in a room qualify to compete as Poster Presenters in Albany and a chance to win fabulous prizes.






    1. Upstate Junior Science and Humanities Symposium 2019-2020


    A competition open to the top four PowerPoint presenters from WR-JSHS. Powerpoint presenters who place first or second in their rooms at WR-JSHS advance as Powerpoint presenters at Upstate JSHS. Powerpoint presenters who place third or fourth in their rooms at WR-JSHS advance as poster presenters at Upstate JSHS. Non-competing students are invited to attend as observers, and are afforded an opportunity to see the top presentations from the entire state of New York and bond with the other members of the research community. This is an overnight trip that spans two school days; students are responsible for making up any missed work, but this is a fantastic opportunity, especially for sophomores and juniors.


    • Upstate JSHS will be held on March 25th and 26th at the SUNY Albany Campus


    Official Website:








    1. Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF) 2019-2020:


    WESEF is a poster based competition open to all students with completed research. Seniors are required to compete. Prizes are extensive both in number and size, including all-expense paid trips to ISEF, ISWEEP, Genius Olympiad, monetary prizes, medals, plaques, and certificates.


    • WESEF will be held on Saturday, March 21 at Sleepy Hollow High School from 8 AM - Approximately 9 PM.


    Official WESEF website - WESEF.org 

    WESEF Forms and ISEF Form Wizard - https://www.wesef.org/forms/ OR https://ruleswizard.societyforscience.org/

    TIP: Save the forms as PDFs, then open with Adobe Reader, then fill out the forms, then print completed forms. 

    WESEF Handbook - Contains all info and a walkthrough of all forms

    Intel ISEF Official Rules (with which WESEF projects MUST comply) - https://student.societyforscience.org/international-rules-pre-college-science-research 

    WESEF Paper Format Rules: "Any format will do- jshs- regeneron" but it should not include school, mentor, or any such names


    All required forms and detailed research plan must be typed and include all required signatures. Make sure all signature dates are prior to beginning of research as reported in form 1A. (Please note that Form 1C should be completed AFTER experimentation). 

    Research must be plan in future tense, and make sure that you identify mentor role versus student role when necessary (i.e.- mentor did liver extraction and provided hepatic tissue to student) 

    • 11/25 - WESEF deadline for School registration. You must see me during your meeting or else outside of class to register DO NOT WAIT UNTIL 11/25. This image shows the required information. Categories can be found in the WESEF Handbook.
    • 12/4 - Our deadline for all forms, research paper/official abstract, and a printed copy of ISEF rules wizard summary (be sure to put your name on this). Please submit all items to Mr. Prendergast or in a MANILA FOLDER with your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, CATEGORY written neatly on the tab. DO NOT STAPLE ANYTHING. USE PAPER CLIPS!
    • March 20th (FRIDAY) WESEF Board Drop Off (MANDATORY)   
      • All students MUST drop off posters the day before the fair between the hours of 4pm and 8pm in the Sleepy Hollow High School GYMNASIUM. Either the student, parent, friend or teacher may drop off the board - the fair participant does not need to be present at the Friday drop-off.  However, failure to have boards dropped off and set-up for final inspection by this time will result in a disqualification

    o Boards must be completely assembled with title, slides and any additional materials/ props that will appear on the table.  YOU MAY NOT HAVE AN ABSTRACT, MENTOR NAME OR PHOTOGRAPH, INSTITUTION OR SCHOOL NAME OR LOGO OR PHOTOGRAPH, OR IMAGAES SHOWING GRAPHIC CONTENT ON THE TABLE OR ON YOUR POSTER. Official rules can be found in the WESEF Handbook.









    1. Westlake Sophomore Invitational 2019-2020:


    A poster based competition for first year research students (sophomores). Students deliver a presentation based on their anticipated research or their ideal research for the coming summer.


    • The Westlake Sophomore Invitational will be held Saturday, TBA at West Lake High School from 1 PM - Approximately 7 PM.



    • Animal Science
    • Behavioral Science
    • Biochemistry
    • Bioinformatics
    • Cellular & Molecular Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Earth & Planetary Science
    • Engineering
    • Environmental Science
    • Mathematics
    • Medicine/Health
    • Microbiology
    • Physics
    • Plant Science



      1:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Student Registration *

      1:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Judge Registration

      1:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Student Setup

      1:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Judge Orientation

      2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Competitive Posterboard Presentations 

      4:30 P.M. – 5:15 P.M. Tiebreaking Round/Public Viewing (Times approximate) **

      5:15 P.M. – 5:45 P.M. Cleanup and Removal of Posterboards (Times approximate)

      5:45 P.M. – 6:45 P.M. Awards Ceremony (Times approximate)


    *Any student showing up after this time will not be entered

    **Any student not present until end of tiebreaking at approximately 5:15 may be disqualified. Judges must stay until at least 4:30, and must sign out in the main lobby before leaving.


    Sophomores, plan on eating lunch ahead of time (on your own). Bring a snack and water, and something to keep you occupied when you are not being judged. Parking is limited, and there will likely be a line at dropoff time, so arrive early. Parents are welcome to attend the public viewing at 4:30 pm, but should not plan on staying from 1-4:30. Seniors/judges, please carpool when possible.


    Posterboard Guidelines 

    NEW Official Rubric


    SOPHOMORES: You must find me (Prendergast) to tell me your category by TBA. You must submit your check ($25 made out to Mt. Pleasant CSD) to me by TBA


    SENIORS: Each senior is required to provide one judge. That judge may be you, or someone who the teachers deem qualified to judge. The competition requires us to provide judges, and so the attendance of your designated judge counts as a graded assignment. You must provide the name of your designated judge, categories your judge is qualified to judge, and have your designated judge approved by TBA. You CANNOT change your judge after this date. The organizers have also asked us to include which categories each judge is comfortable with, so be sure to ask.









    1. Acorda Scientific Excellence Award (ASEA)

    Rolling application; submit whenever you are ready 

    The ASEA recognizes outstanding high school students who are involved in independent research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Winning students are invited to discuss his or her research project on a radio interview program called “The Acorda Scientific Excellence Award.” Winning students and their schools will each receive a plaque recognizing and honoring their achievement. The program airs on Saturday mornings on radio station AM 1490 WGCH and is hosted by award-winning radio host, Lisa Wexler. 

    Since the winner of the ASEA will speak on the radio, it is particularly important that your paper demonstrates your ability to explain your scientific work such that it will be easily accessible to the general public. The "story" of your research "funnel to the gap in literature, the explanation of how a clearly testable hypothesis fills that gap, how your procedures allow you to test the hypothesis, and how the data supports or does not support the hypothesis, and the tie back to applications" must be crystal clear.

    Applications are evaluated on rolling basis by a committee comprised of scientists from Acorda Therapeutics, Westchester science educators, Lisa Wexler and a representative from Westchester County government. Applications are accepted year round and students can apply on-line at asea.acorda.com. It is quick and easy to apply.