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The GSDSEF would like to thank the many local and national Professional Societies and Organizations who support students in their endeavors.


They provide more than 175 special recognition awards and scholarships to students totaling over $40,000.

Each Professional Society or Organization determines their own judging standards based on their organization’s criteria and award projects accordingly.  Professional Societies and Organizations may choose for GSDSEF to distribute awards and scholarships or they may choose to award students at their society’s board meetings or banquets. In order to view recent Professional Society Award Winners go to:>About-->Select Year --> Search for Professional Society Award

Professional Society Awards:

The actual number and scope of Professional Societies that participate in the GSDSEF from year to year can vary. Below, you will find a list of recent Professional Society participants and their respective judging criteria for your reference. Please keep in mind that this is not a definitive list.



NEW & RETURNING PROF SOCS: If your Professional Society or Organization would like to participate in the annual Science Fair, please register using this online Registration Form. If you have any questions, please contact the Professional Society Coordinator, Sejal Pabari, at:


FAQ About Professional Society Judging at the GSDSEF


The GSDSEF appreciates the commitment to and support of science and engineering of the following Professional Societies, organizations  and Armed Forces of San Diego County and nationally. 


Recent Professional Societies and Organizations:

American Academy of Pediatrics Climate Change and Health Committee

American Meteorological Society

American Psychological Association

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Materials International

American Society of Non Destructive Testing (San Diego Section)

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

ASM Materials Education Foundation

Association for Women Geoscientists

Association of Women in Science, San Diego Chapter

BD "Advancing the World of Health" Award

Broadcom "Coding with Commitment" Award

Building Industry Association Cares

California Association of Professional Scientists

California Environmental Health Association Southwest Chapter/County of San Diego
City of San Diego, Dept. of Environmental Health

California School Nurses Organization of San Diego & Imperial County

Department of Defense (DoD) STEM Leadership Prize

DRS Daylight Solutions for Optical Physics and Engineering

Fred H. Rohr Award from Collins Aerostructures

General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation Advanced Materials Technology

GSDSEF Grand Award

GSDSEF Mickey Award



GSDSEF Teachers of the Year Awards

Hillcrest-Mission Valley Lions Club

Kaiser Permanente

Lemelson Early Inventor Prize

Marine Technology Society

Mu Alpha Theta

NASA EARTH System Science Award

National Geographic Award

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Nature Needs SD

Office of Naval Research Science and Technology (ONR)

Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG)

Regeneron Biomedical Award

Regeneron Science Talent Search (informational only)

Reuben H. Fleet Memorial Award

Ricoh USA, Inc.

San Diego Astronomy Association

San Diego County Dental Society

San Diego County Pharmacists Association

San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association

San Diego County Water Authority

San Diego Psychological Association

San Diego Section, American Chemical Society

San Diego Zoo Global

Society for In Vitro Biology

Society of American Military Engineers – San Diego Post

Society of Women Engineers, San Diego County Section

Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Taiwanese American Foundation of San Diego

The Ron Orta Excellence in Biomedical Research Award

The Scripps Research "Young Scientist" Award

Thermo Fisher Award

Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge

Torrey Pines Docent Society

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

U.S. Metric Association

United States Air Force

WateReuse Association San Diego Regional Chapter

Yale Science and Engineering Association