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Welcome to the 2019-2020 Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair! This year’s fair will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Centennial Hall, Fair Park in Dallas.  

2018 DRSEF Poster montage

Our Region

TEA Region 10The Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) is a non-profit organization that holds an annual science fair for 6th - 12th grade students at public, charter, private and home schools in Texas Education Agency Region 10.  The fair covers all of Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties and part of Henderson and Van Zandt counties.  DRSEF’s first fair was in 1957.  DRSEF is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  

840,000 students from 1,220 campuses are eligible for DRSEF.  There is a Junior Division for grades 6 to 8 and a Senior Division for grades 9 to 12.  Students begin by entering the fair at their local school. The top projects at each school advance to district fairs then the regional fair.  Projects can then advance to state and international competitions.  Around 1,000 students with 800 projects attend DRSEF.  

Contact Us

Questions about the fair?  Interested in attending?  Interested in judging or volunteering?  You can reach us at DRSEF@smu.edu.  Our mailing address is:
 
Caruth Institute for Engineering Education (DRSEF)
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750278
Dallas, TX 75275-0278

Leadership

DRSEF is supported and run jointly by the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University.  

DRSEF is fortunate to have many dedicated professionals donating their time, energy, and personal capital to making the fair a success. DRSEF would like to thank the Board of Directors and Executive Council for their support and year-long effort to make the fair a success each year.

Board of Directors

Heather Hankamer, SMU Caruth Institute
Kristine Reiley, SMU Caruth Institute
Prof. Simon Dalley, SMU Physics Department  
Prof. Fredrick I. Olness, SMU Physics Department
Prof. Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, SMU Chemistry Department

Executive Council

President: Heather Hankamer, SMU Caruth Institute
Vice President: Simon Dalley, SMU Physics Department
Secretary: Kristine Reiley, SMU Caruth Institute
Treasurer: Andrew Milburn, Texas Capital Bank

Steering Committee

The Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair is mostly volunteer run and directed.  With a volunteer base ranging from professors, teachers, business leaders, and community members, DRSEF draws on the unique experience and dedication of these individuals every year.  

Michael Adams, Plano ISD
Jason Baughman, Allen ISD
Karan Bhatia, Texas Instruments
Jim Chambless, Beal Bank
Leon Chatman, Garland ISD
Krishna Chetty, Frisco ISD
Cathy Chickering Pace, SMU Geothermal Lab
Beth Collins, Frisco ISD
Linda Cook, Coppell ISD
Lonique Coots, Dallas ISD
Simon Dalley, SMU Physics Department
Nathan Eaton, Community Volunteer
John Fattaruso, SMU Physics Department
Christine Ferguson, SMU Geothermal Lab
Farley Ferrante, SMU Ungergraduate Research
Heather Hankamer, SMU Caruth Institute
Michael Hoye, Community Volunteer
Jonathan Kramer, Dallas ISD
Michael Lindsey, Plano ISD
Melissa Luna, Garland ISD
Derek McDowell, Frisco ISD
Drew Milburn, Community Volunteer
Chinyelu Okoye, Harmony Public Schools
Fred Olness, SMU-Physics Department
Joel Palmer, Community Volunteer
Kristine Reiley, SMU Caruth Institute
Maria Richards, SMU Geothermal Lab
Justin Ross, Community Volunteer
Dara Rossi, SMU Teaching & Learning
Karen Shepherd, Plano ISD
Susan Shipp, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
Diana Vineyard, ISEM at SMU

Scientific Review Committee

Karen Shepherd (chair), Plano ISD
Carson Harrod, Baylor Research Institute
Eileen Pennginton, Plano ISD
Karen Santa Maria, Plano ISD
Julie Baker, Plano ISD
Michael Adams, Plano ISD
Michael Lindsey, Plano ISD
Elizabeth Carson, Plano ISD
Elizabeth Jones, Plano ISD

Display & Safety Leaders

Michael Adams, Plano ISD
Michael Lindsey, Plano ISD

Email Us

Questions about the fair?  Interested in attending?  Interested in judging or volunteering?  You can reach us at DRSEF@smu.edu.