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Gelfand Science and Engineering Fair Program

The goal of the Gelfand Science and Engineering Fair program is to increase student participation and raise the quality of school science fairs in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and throughout northeast Ohio.

Funded by the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust, teachers may request up to $1,000 to support a science fair in their school. Applicants proposing science fairs with 20-50 students may request up to $500, those proposing fairs with 51-75 students may request up to $750, and those proposing science fairs with more than 75 participants may request up to $1000.

All public, private, charter, and parochial schools in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties are eligible to apply with priority given to schools in those districts designated as “high-needs” by the Ohio Department of Education.


• Gelfand awardees are expected to hold their school science fair by January 31, 2014 for schools funded in the first round (October 18, 2013 application deadline) and by May 9, 2014 for schools funded in the second round (March 7, 2014 application deadline).

• Participation in three mentoring workshops is mandatory. These workshops will be held at CWRU and provide opportunities to shares ideas, problems, and solutions as the science fair season progresses.

All mentoring sessions are held at 4:00 p.m. in the Millis Biology Building-Room 320



R1: October 30, 2013
R2: March 19, 2014

Assessment, logistics, and project ideas

R1: November 13, 2013
R2: April 2, 2014

Projects, questions, hypotheses and experimentation

R1: December 4, 2013
R2: April 16, 2014

Fair day details including judging, recruiting judges, awards etc.

R1/R2: May 22, 2014

3rd Annual Gelfand Expo

R1 – Round One Gelfand awardees; R2 – Round Two Gelfand awardees

• Gelfand awardees must fully participate in program assessment. This will include each student completing a short Experimental Design Aptitude Test and attitude survey, both pre and post.

• Gelfand awardees must complete a brief report on the outcomes of your school fair including an itemized list of expenditures. This information is used to document the impact of the program. Reports must be submitted by May 30, 2014.

Gelfand Fellows

A limited number of Gelfand Science and Engineering Fellows are available to mentor your students as they plan, prepare, implement, and present their projects. Gelfand Fellows are CWRU undergraduate and graduate students trained to work with K-12 students in project development, experimental design, data analysis, and data presentation.

Only high needs schools in Cuyahoga County are eligible to apply for Gelfand Fellows. Check the box in item 11 on the application if you would like to have Gelfand Fellows work with your students.

Completed and signed applications should be submitted by October 18, 2013 for the first round of funding and by March 7, 2014 for the second round of funding. Gelfand Grant proposals will be reviewed in the order they are received and decisions communicated within ten business days of receipt. Late proposals may be considered depending on availability of funds. It is anticipated 15-20 awards will be made in 2013-2014.

If you have any question about the application or the program, please contact: James Bader at (216) 368-5289 or by email at