The 2020-2021 Chicago Student STEM Exhibition Calendar of Events

A calendar for Network STEM Exhibition Coordinators, Committee Members and
    Board of Directors meetings can be found here.
As of September 1, all dates are still tentative. 
The 2020-2021 calendar is subject to change at any time so please check back as necessary.

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Peoples Gas Middle School STEM Club

ComEd High School Science Club
Letter of Intent to Participate in the STEM Exhibition
Endorsements from Outside Research  Facility
(also see this)
Request for use of Firearms Endorsement
Endorsements not Covered by the Above
Mini and Maxi Grant Applications
(Here or here)
IJAS Cover Design
Symposium and Essay Papers
Level II Volunteers
More information is available here.
Scholarship Applications

September 2020
DUE DATE for the Peoples Gas Middle School STEM Club (Application here)

DUE DATE for the ComEd High School STEM Club (Application here)

October 2020

10/25/20 DUE DATE for the receipt of the Letter of Intent to Participate in the STEM Exhibition.


DUE DATE for appropriate endorsement forms with supporting documents for projects conducted in a university, hospital or research facility under the supervision of a doctor, professor or scientist.  These documents MUST be submitted to the Scientific Review Committee member listed on the forms prior to the beginning of the project.  There is an exception for students who received an endorsement last year and are reusing their project may email a copy of their 2019/2020 endorsement and get it updated. They MAY NOT complete any new experimentation at HOME.  A NEW endorsement would only be for students who are able to complete their experimentation in a Bio-Safey Level 1 lab.

10/31/20 DUE DATE for the Request for use of Firearms Endorsement to be received by the Safety Review Committee.  The request MUST be made on the appropriate form along with ALL required documents attached.

November 2020

Suggested dates for local school STEM Exhibitions.


11/22/20 DUE DATE for informed consent certification, human, vertebrate, vertebrate tissue, microbiology, and DNA  endorsement requests to be received by the Scientific Review committee member listed on the appropriate form.  NOTE Endorsement requests MUST be made PRIOR to experimentation in order to ensure the safety of the test subject(s) and/or the scientist.  The project plans are reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee and, if safe, the endorsement is granted and the experiment may be carried out.  Permission to carry out an experiment CANNOT be given to one that has already been completed.  NOTE: Endorsements and additional documentation for projects conducted at a university, hospital or research facility under the supervision of a doctor, professor or scientist must submitted to the Scientific Review Committee member listed on the forms  by October 25, 2020

December 2020

12/17/20 DUE DATE for IJAS COVER DESIGNS - mail to IJAS Cover Design c/o CPS Student Science Fair, Inc., P.O. Box 803945, Chicago, IL  60680-3945

January 2021

1/10/21 DUE DATE for SYMPOSIUM PAPERS & ESSAYS Symposium and Essay Entry Forms, along with Research Papers and all required documents must be sent as one PDF file via email to  Attention Jennifer Patush

1/10 - 1/31/21 Dates for Regional Networks STEM Exhibitions - schedule here

Symposium and essay paper reading. Contact Jennifer Patush at
February  2021
2/14/21 Notification of students selected to present high school research papers at the STEM Exhibition Symposium

2/20/21 DUE DATE Approval as a Level II volunteer, CPS policy now mandates that ALL prospective judges be approved Level II Volunteers. More information is available here.  
NOTE:  If you were approved for any Regional Exhibition or the Exhibition at Illinois Tech, you DO NOT need to be re-approved.

2/21/21 DUE DATE for Maxi and Mini Research Grant applications to Luba Johnson at

March  2021
City Exhibition of Student STEM Research Tentative

3/27/21 DUE DATE CPS SSF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS with all necessary documents to be received by Jenny Sarna, Scholarship Chairperson, CPS Student Science Fair, Inc. PO Box 803945, Chicago IL 60680-3945  More Information is here.

April 2021

4/23/21 STEM Exhibition Scholarship Oral Interviews (by invitation only) Tentative

May 2021

Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS State Science Fair) Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois

5/20/20 DUE DATE for final Mini and Maxi Research Grant report to Luba Johnson at

June 2020

Last update 9/29/20 by R. Coleman