St. Bonaventure University

Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair

Each spring, St. Bonaventure University, in partnership with Terra Science and Education, hosts a science fair for school students in the Twin Tiers region of southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's fair will be held virtually, with online judging taking place between March 6-12, 2021.

The fair is open to students in grades 5-12 from Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties in New York, and McKean, Potter and Warren counties in Pennsylvania. Students may attend public, private, charter, parochial or home schools.

Students prepare science or engineering projects or topic presentations to present to qualified judges. Students are guided by an adult sponsor — a teacher, parent, guardian or youth leader — who helps them plan their work and ensures that safety precautions are followed.

The fair is organized by St. Bonaventure with the full support of Terra Science and Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through the support of education and innovation. Terra sponsors five regional science and engineering fairs across New York and Pennsylvania, serving students in 25 counties.

Judges for the fair include representatives from local manufacturers, along with professors and students from the science and mathematics departments at St. Bonaventure University.

Event dates and registration

Entries will be judged virtually in early March 2021, using a secure portal provided by zFairs. Students and teachers may register for the Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair by entering the zFairs portal.

Please email any questions to And welcome to the 2021 TTRSF!

Awards and prizes include

  • Regeneron science fair logoInvitation to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair
    Two students will be selected to be among some 1,800 students from around the world who will compete for some $5 million in awards and scholarships at the 2021 Regeneron ISEF event, the date and location of which has yet to be announced.
  • Invitation to the GENIUS Olympiad
    Two projects advance to the GENIUS (Global Environmental Issues U.S.) Olympiad, a week-long event involving an international field. This event is typically hosted by one of the State University of New York college campuses.
  • Terra School/Teacher Awards
    A $500 award to a participating school/teacher.
  • Twin Tiers Regional Science Fair Local Awards
    Winning projects receive Amazon gift cards: $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place. There's also a great door prize.