Questions About CoorsTek DMRSEF

What if I need special accommodations for any reason?

Please use the comments section of the registration form to relay this need, or email

Who participates in the CoorsTek Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair?

Students that compete in DMRSEF emerge from a regional field of hundreds of science fair participants in 8 Colorado counties during the academic year.  Winners from the DMRSEF move on to compete with students at the Colorado State Science Fair (CSEF) and then finally onto the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  As an affiliated fair we typically send 3 projects to ISEF to compete in 20 different categories.

Who are the judges at the CoorsTek Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair?

Each year about 200 science and engineering professionals and other interested community members serve as volunteer judges for the DMRSEF.  Learn more about becoming a judge here.

When and where is the regional fair?

The regional fair will be held February 28, 2020 at the CU Denver Student Wellness Center.
The awards ceremony will take place on March 1, 2020 at the same location.

University of Colorado Denver
Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center
1355 12th Street
Denver, CO 80204

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Questions About Fair Day

What activities will students be doing when they are not being judged? At the museum they were able to explore with friends, what will happen at the new location?

We completely understand the concern that students are at a University near a busy street. We will increase security at CU to ensure everyone is safe. Students will have hands-on activities from the museum, science/math faculty at CU, etc. College student groups will volunteer to walk students on campus from one location to the next (most will be only a few buildings away) as well as to provide tours of the campus. Hundreds of volunteers will be on site to direct students to where they need to be.

Will students be moving from one building to another and across streets?

The fair will take place in the Student Wellness Center. Students who may move between buildings for activities will be chaperoned by volunteers.

What will happen at lunch? Will the students be able to purchase lunch or do they have to bring it?

Registration fees include lunch. Students can also purchase or bring their own lunch. Those with special dietary needs can indicate this on the registration form.

Is there a procedure for drop off and pick up? Where do the kids go to check in and where do they go to get picked up?

We are working with the Auraria Campus Parking Office and the Pepsi Center for parking. Students may be dropped off in a few different lots – please visit the map links above. Students will be given an arrival time for the building that they will be presenting in.  We will assign arrival times by school so that if a school uses a bus to bring the students they will all have the same arrival time. When students arrive, THEY DO NOT NEED TO CHECK-IN. Students should report to their project location.

Will parents be allowed to see the projects before the judging? When?

Parents are welcome to see projects in the morning during set-up to noon. If parents would like to stay longer they should sign up as a volunteer.

Project & Registration Questions

Should students who need to amend their proposal as they prototype and testing need to bring the amendments with them the day of the fair or do these need to be sent in along the way?

Any amendments need to be included in the paperwork when the student registers.

Do students need to bring an abstract to the regional fair or do they write one only if they are selected to move on to states?

An abstract is required for registration of the CoorsTek DMRSEF. The big difference in “abstracts” is that ISEF has an Official Abstract that is provided to the students at the International Fair. The abstract is used by category and special awards judges to read prior to seeing the project in person.

When would a project need need an IRB vs an SRC?

If there are human participants involved it would be an IRB, if there are not it would be an SRC.

How do we know if an IRB should be handled at a school level or elevated to something larger?

The majority of projects will be handled at the school level of IRB. Only if the student is completing research at a university or have designed a medical device to be tested in humans will a university IRB be required.

Does every project require an SRC?

No, but it is a good idea to have the projects reviewed by the school’s SRC to ensure safety. Projects requiring SRC are those using chemicals, potentially biological hazards, drones, radiation, etc.  

Does all data need to be collected prior to registration?

Yes and No!
The answer to this depends on the nature of your project. In order to register you will need to have all of her
forms completed, however there are two forms that need to be filled out after experimentation, Regulated Research Institution Form (1C) and Vertebrate Animal Form (5B). If your project involves research that takes place at a regulated research institution (any research site other than home, school, or field) or involves experiments on vertebrate animals you would need to wait until the data is collected so that all your forms are completed before you can officially register - all other forms can be completed before your data is collected. As long as all the forms needed for your project are completed, you're more than welcome to register as soon as you're ready! The only thing to keep in mind is the official end date of the research can be any time before the fair but your research does need to be entirely completed before specified end date.

When is my poster due?

Your poster comes with you to the fair, and that's the first CoorsTek DMRSEF will see of it!