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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DEADLINES
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Peoples Gas Middle School STEM Club

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ComEd High School Science Club
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Letter of Intent to Participate in the STEM Exhibition
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Endorsements from Outside Research  Facility
(also see this)

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Endorsements not Covered by the Above
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Mini and Maxi Grant Applications
(Here or here)
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IJAS Cover Design
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Essay Papers
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Level II Volunteers
More information is available here.
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Scholarship Applications

September 2020
 
9/24/20
Tentative
DUE DATE for the Peoples Gas Middle School STEM Club (Application here)


9/27/20
Tentative
DUE DATE for the ComEd High School STEM Club (Application here)

October 2020




November 2020

 
11/10/20 DUE DATE for the receipt of the Letter of Intent to Participate in the STEM Exhibition.


11/12/20 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.
Endorsements must be signed and submitted by teacher sponsors ONLY.


11/12-
    12/13/20
Suggested dates for local school STEM Exhibitions.


11/20/20 DUE DATE for MINI RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR PRE-APPROVAL to TBA


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
Endorsements must be signed and submitted by teacher sponsors ONLY.

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 ESSAYS Essay Entry Forms, along with Research Papers and all required documents must be sent as one PDF file via email to cpssciencefair@gmail.com  Attention Jennifer Patush


1/10 - 1/20/21 Prospective Symposium papers need to be submitted to your Regional Network STEM Exhibition prior to their Exhibition.


12/15/20 - 1/22/21 Regional STEM Exhibition Registration for Students.
Prospective Symposium papers need to be submitted to your Regional Network STEM Exhibition prior to their Exhibition.
 
February  2021
 
2/1 - 2/13/21 Virtual judging for the Regional STEM Expositions (see here for Citywide judging)


2/1-2/6/21 Essay Reading - Contact Jennifer Patush at cpssciencefair@gmail.com


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 TBA


2/24/21 The top 3 Essay winners will receive notification

March  2021
 
3/3-3/17/21 Virtual Judging for Citywide Exhibition of Student STEM Research    


3/20/21 Virtual ISEF Judging


3/22/21
Virtual Awards Ceremony (5 p.m.)

April 2021

3/26/21
UE DATE for CPS SSF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS with all necessary documents submitted through the CPS Academic Works Tool.  (DO NOT mail your application.)  More information and a link to the application is here.


4/22/21
Tentative
STEM Exhibition Scholarship Oral Interviews (by invitation only)


4/26-29/21
Tentative
Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) Virtual State Science Fair Judging

May 2021

5/1/21
Tentative
IJAS Virtual Awards Ceremony


5/3-6/21
ISEF Virtual Judging


5/16-21/21 ISEF Virtual Awards Program


5/20/21 Virtual Scholarship Awards Ceremony (by invitation ONLY)


5/20/21 DUE DATE for final Mini and Maxi Research Grant report to TBA

June 2020
 

Last update 3/13/21 by R. Coleman