Middle School Awards


All Region II Middle School Science Fair projects will be judged using the following criteria:

Middle School Judging Criteria

Merit Awards

Many professional and industrial organizations provide awards in the form of cash prizes, certificates of merit, medallions, plaques, ribbons, scholarships, and gift items.

Read over the awards list paying special attention to the criteria and decide if you want to design your project with a special award in mind.

Broadcom MASTERS

The top 10% of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade projects will be nominated to enter the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars), which is the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students.

Grades eligible: 6-8 

Citizens for Clean Energy 

The Great Falls-based Citizens for Clean Energy organization (CCE) recognize science fair projects that address clean renewable energy, environmental protection, resource conservation or ecosystem restoration. CCE judges wearing identification badges will screen projects for relevance to the group’s mission and then interview those students about their work. These evaluations are conducted independently of the official science fair judging process. Students wishing to qualify for a CCE award are encouraged to include wording in their project title that helps link it to a clean energy/environmental protection theme. Cash awards are given to the top four places. 

Grades eligible: 6-8

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Awarded to the student whose research emphasizes NOAA's mission of Science, Service, and Stewardship: "To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, To share that knowledge and information with others, and To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources."

Grades eligible: 6-12

Naval Science Award

The Naval High School Science Awards Program (NSAP) is a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps program that encourages our nation's students to develop and retain an interest in science and engineering. NSAP recognizes the accomplishments of eligible students at regional and state science and engineering fairs and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in producing and presenting quality science and engineering projects.

Team Projects NOT Eligible


Grades eligible: 6-12

The following awards are given to project exhibiting outstanding merit in each field:

Animal Science

Behavioral Science



Computer Systems & Robotics

Consumer Science

Energy: Chemical/Physical




Medicine & Health


Physics & Astronomy

Plant Science

Contact Information:

Leanne Frost

Dr. Leanne Frost
Great Falls College MSU
2100 16th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405


Institutional Review Board

Leanne Frost, Ed.D. 
General Studies Division Director

Brenda Canine, Ph.D.  
Biology Faculty

Daniel Casmier, Ph.D.  
Chemistry Faculty

Elfriede Neber, M.S.  
Behavioral Science Faculty

Russel Motschenbacher, M.S.N.
Nursing Program Director/Faculty


Scientific Review Committee

Leanne Frost, Ed.D.
General Studies Division Director

Brenda Canine, Ph.D.  
Biology Faculty

Daniel Casmier, Ph.D.  
Chemistry Faculty

Raimund Hahn, M.S.
Registered Professional Geologist