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Over eight decades, more than 150,000 students from U.S. high schools in all 50 states and territories have completed independent science research projects and submitted entries.

The 2019 application is now open through November 14, 2018. Open your application today!

Over 3,000 finalists have received more than $16 million in awards to support their college educations, and thousands of scholars have received millions more.  Entrants receive digital badges in recognition of their successful completion of the application and can earn Student Initiative and Research Report Badges to signify particular skill or effort demonstrated in their applications.  

How to Apply:

You should begin by reading the Regeneron STS Rules and Entry Instructions to be certain that you and your research are eligible.  If your project involves the use of humans or animals, the project requires special approval prior to experimentation.  You should read the Rules and Entry Instructions thoroughly and contact the Society if you have any doubts or questions.

Next, we highly recommend that you open an application as soon as possible so you can view requirements. You may also view a PDF of the application questions here, but your entry must be submitted through the online application system. Teachers, parents and others are welcome to open accounts to view the application; please identify yourself in Task 1 of the application as a non-applicant to enable an accurate count of active student accounts. 

We highly recommend requesting recommendations and sending school transcripts immediately, even before entering your basic information. We also recommend that you review the requirements of the Research Report early in the process.

There are four components of the application:

Basic Information and Essay Questions - Applicants enter responses directly into the text boxes on the web pages of the application.

Document Uploads - Documents such as the research report, IRB summary, and IACUC approvals, where applicable, will be uploaded to the application as pdf files.

Recommendations - Each student must request at least one Project Recommendation, one High School Report, and one Educator Recommendation.  Each applicant has the option of requesting a second recommendation of each type.

Transcripts - Applicants must ask their High School Report provider to upload a scanned copy to their High School Report. The Society no longer accepts transcripts, or any application-related materials, in the mail or by any other method except the online application system.

Important Dates:

2019 Application will close November 14, 2018 8:00 PM ET. All parts of the application must be received by the Society by this date and time, including transcripts and recommendations. Recommendations must be submitted by the recommendation provider by this date and time. No portions of the application will be accepted after the deadline for any reason. 
Technical Support and Questions:

If you have technical difficulties, please email the Society at  

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