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2020 GSDSEF Digital Screening Information and Application Information



To properly submit projects for screening, students must click on SUBMIT at the bottom of their account page. Projects that remain in DRAFT form are not submitted to the screening process and can not be reviewed by the screeners.


The 2020 Screening Resources: Guidelines, Templates, Directions, and Examples and Application/Payment Information are below. 



  • There will be no mail-in or hand-delivered applications accepted. Applications will be done electronically.

  • Fee payments will be accepted electronically (credit card, Paypal) as part of the student's GSDSEF application submission.  

  • If a school/district is intending to pay for students with a pre-approved purchase order or a check/warrant, please Contact Us using the link below by December 19, 2019.

  • If an individual is unable to pay via electronic methods, please Contact Us within 3 days of receiving notification of being recommended to the GSDSEF for alternative payment method directions

Please follow all deadlines!  Students who submit their application and fees after the application deadline will not be entered in the Student Exhibitor Directory and Information (Student Program print version).


Screening Resources for Teachers and Students







2.  Click here for Screening deadlines and other important dates.



B.  Results of Screening

There are three possible outcomes from the screening process.  Students and teachers will hear back directly about the results, which typically takes about a week. 

1. Approved/Recommended--  Based on the quality of the science, engineering, or coding, the project merits participation in the GSDSEF. Students will receive a Congratulations letter with instructions on how to apply to the GSDSEF.

2.  Not Approved/Not Recommended-- Based on the factors listed below, the project has been NOT Recommended to participate in the GSDSEF.   Students will receive a letter thanking them for participation and encouraging them to do a project next year. They can NOT apply for the GSDSEF.  

  1. project is demonstration of principle or a report
  2. project has too many inadequacies-  Please see "What Screeners are Looking for" above. 
  3. project violates GSDSEF rules

3. Resubmit with Modifications--- The overall quality of the project is good, but in order to be acceptable, modifications required by the Screener must be carried out.  The student will have 3-4 days to make the required modifications and send it back to be re-screened.  The original screener then decides whether the project will be Approved/Recommended or NOT Recommended. The student and teacher must check status on the GSDSEF website.


C. Applying to the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair

It is the student's responsibility to login to check his/her project status. Once a student's project is Approved/Recommended, he/she will see APPLY.

The application and fee must be submitted/received by February 24, 2020.


Application fee is $ 50 PER STUDENT. Each student of a team, must complete their application and pay the fee separately.