Monday 16th November, 2020

Welcome to the virtual 2020 Young Scientist Awards presentations! Congratulations to all students who participated in the program this year!

Please click on the video below to watch the presentations of the Primary Science Investigations, Biology, ASBMB, Chemistry, RACI and NMI – Science awards.

For more details on all those amazing projects who were just announced please click on the link below to access our Presentation Booklet

2020 Young Scientist Awards Presentation Booklet – Monday

And in case you would like to watch and share specific portions of tonight’s program, here are the links to those videos. Please don’t forget to tag us on Facebook @stanswyoungscientist, Twitter @STANSW_YS and Instagram @stansw_youngscientist and use the hashtag #YSAwards2020

STA NSW Primary Scientific Investigations

STA NSW Secondary Scientific Investigations – Biology


STA NSW Secondary Scientific Investigations – Chemistry

RACI Awards

NMI – Science Awards

‘See’ you tomorrow at 7 p.m. for the Earth and Environmental Sciences, Primary Environment and STEP Environmental Awards, Physics, AARNet – Science, AIP and Rowe Scientific Depth Study Awards.

Not long now!!

Our first virtual Presentation Awards Event will begin in just under half an hour. Log in to our Facebook page to view the live stream video and interact with other excited award winners. Or you can access the video from here on the website – it will be live from 7 p.m.

STEM Excitement coming your way!!

Save the date(s)!

It’s not long now until we announce the winners of the 2020 STANSW Young Scientist Awards. This will be our very first online Presentation Event and will begin on Monday 16th November at 7 p.m. and conclude on Thursday 19th November with the announcement of the Grand Awards (see schedule below)

We are also very privileged to be able to include messages of support, encouragement and inspiration from scientists, alumni and other supporters of our program – such as this gem from Emma Serisier – multi award winning Young Scientist alumnus.


Monday 16th November 7.00 p.m. onwards
STANSW Scientific Investigation Awards – Primary
Scientific Investigation Awards – Secondary Biology
Scientific Investigation Awards – Secondary Chemistry
RACI Sponsored awards
NMI Science awards
Tuesday 17th November 7.00 p.m. onwards
Scientific Investigation Awards – Secondary Earth and Environmental Science
Primary Environment Award
STEP Environmental Award
Scientific Investigation Awards – Secondary Physics
AARNet Science awards
AIP awards
Rowe Scientific Depth Studies Awards
Wednesday 18th November 7.000 p.m. onwards
OSHClub Inventions and Innovations – Primary 
Innovation and Engineering Design Awards – Secondary
AARNet Technology awards
NMI Technology awards
Sebel Testing Awards
STANSW Most Promising Awards
Thursday 19th November 6.00 p.m. onwards
MANSW Mathematical Investigations – Primary
MANSW Mathematical Investigations – Secondary
NMI Mathematics Awards
AARNet Mathematics Awards
Thursday 19th November 7.00 p.m. onwards
Australian Water Awards
BHPFSEA Teacher Nominees
BHPFSEA Student Nominees
Budding Young Scientist (K-2)
Primary Young Scientist (3-6)
Broadcom Representative
ISEF Finalists
Young Scientist of the Year (7-12)

Phase One of judging is complete!

We were excited and delighted to be able to notify the winners of Category Awards by email last week. With close to 900 projects submitted, the competition in many of the categories was fierce. Congratulations are extended to all students who entered – particularly for the perseverance they demonstrated in completing work of such quality during this pandemic. The Sponsored Awards are currently being judged and we will notify students as soon as we receive those notifications from the sponsors.

All details of the awards won by students will be announced in a series of online events between Monday 16th November and Thursday 19th November. Please stay tuned and check back here and on our social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for details of programs and timings.

Judging is underway!

Thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm and support of our program in this very challenging year. We received close to 900 projects across our three STEM categories!

Our team of volunteer judges has now completed the first round of judging and we are in the process of working with our Senior Assessors and sponsors to decide on category and sponsored award winners. We are hopeful that we may be able to contact winners (via email) within the next few weeks. We thank you for your support and your patience as we negotiate this mammoth task.

Under the current pandemic conditions, it will also not be possible for us to hold an in person Presentation Ceremony. We are currently exploring options for how we will announce all the award winners and will post details on the website and on social media soon. Stay tuned!

2020 Young Scientist Awards are ON!

Yes – we are running the 2020 Young Scientist Awards program! It has required adjustments in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic but we are ready to roll!

Our project submission deadlines have been adjusted to take into account later HSC deadlines. Secondary Investigations are due on Wednesday 9th September, Secondary Technology projects are due on Friday 11th September and all Primary entries are due on Wednesday 16th September. ALL entries must be submitted entirely online. Click on the How to Enter tab to the right for all details.

All our judging and associated training sessions are completely online this year.

Please make sure to use all the amazing resources on our site to plan for your or your students investigations and projects.

2019 Young Scientist Awards Winners announced!

All winners of the 2019 Young Scientist awards were announced at a grand ceremony at the University of Wollongong on Friday 1st November. 155 individual awards were announced totalling over $28,000 in cash prizes.

Prof. Lisa Harvey-Smith, astrophysicist and Women in STEM Ambassador delivered an inspirational keynote address to a packed lecture theatre.

Romilly Merani from PLC, Sydney was awarded the Budding Young Scientist (K-2), Emma Wood from Castle Cove Public School was awarded the Primary Young Scientist (3-6) and Angelina Arora from Sydney Girls High School is our 2019 Young Scientist of the Year. Congratulations to all award winners!!

Record entries in 2019 !!

We received a record number of 920+ entries in our program this year. Over three consecutive weekends a small army of dedicated judges took on the mammoth task of judging all these entries, including a successful Regional Judging Hub at the University of New England, Armidale.