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MASTERS Science & Engineering Fair

Madison Area Middle School Science and Engineering Fair

MASTERS LogoThe Madison Area Science, Technology & Engineering Rising Stars (MASTERS) program was established to provide middle school students (grades 6-8) the opportunity to showcase their research and explorations in STEM subjects. Private, public, and home school students are eligible, from anywhere in the Madison region or beyond. See details below on the winners and pictures from the 2019 event. The next fair that was scheduled to be held on  May 3, 2020 has been canceled.

The goal of the fair is to inspire enthusiasm for science and engineering research and exploration among Wisconsin students. It provides a support system to assist students as they actively participate in science and engineering endeavors.

  • Flyer for the 2020 MASTERS Science and Engineering Fair (general information, though the 2020 fair has been canceled)
  • FAQ document for the MASTERS Fair
  • Interested in judging or helping out? Contact:​.
  • Judging: Students are scored by multiple judges on a simple scale: quality of display (30), depth of knowledge (40), clarity of presentation (30) - total of 100. Students are allowed up to 5 min to present to the judge followed by up to 3 min of questioning. 
  • Teachers are welcome to attend, but not required. Parents/guardians can sign their child up separately and bring their children. 
  • Team projects are allowed - up to 2 students. 
  • All students are recognized for participation, with the top three receiving awards. 

The winners of 2019 MASTERS Science Fair were:

  • 1st place: Varun Nathan, Jefferson Middle School
  • 2nd place: Nihar Ballamudi, Glacier Creek Middle School
  • 3rd place: Ananya Chandramouli, Spring Harbor Middle School

Pictures of the winners and their projects (with further pictures of the event and participants here)

1st place Varun Nathan

1st Place: Varun Nathan

2nd Place Nihar Ballamudi

2nd Place: Nihar Ballamudi

3rd Place - Ananya Chandramouli

3rd Place: Ananya Chandramouli

Contact information for the MASTERS Program

Dr. Sundaram Gunasekaran
MASTERS Middle School Science and Engineering Fair
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

For questions about this information, contact Kevin Anderson (608) 266-3319