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2019 GSDSEF Digital Screening Information and Application Information


The 2019 Screening Guidelines will be posted in January 2019


NEW FOR 2019!!!

  • 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, instructions will be coming soon.

  • If an individual is unable to pay via electronic methods, please contact 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 print version of the Student Exhibitor Directory and Information.


1. Screening Resources for Teachers and Students







2. Proposal (Required) and Certification Forms

and ,  if necessary-


3.  Screening deadlines- If your school is not listed, contact

(Will be posted by September 22, 2018)


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. 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 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 Recommended or NOT Recommended. The student and teacher will hear back directly about the outcome of the Resubmit. 


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

If a student's project is Recommended, he/she will receive a congratulatory email notification with directions on how to apply for the GSDSEF.


Application fee is $ 50 PER STUDENT.