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Chase Glatz APS science fair winner for his project
“Can you smell it?”
Mariah Trujillo’s APS Science Fair award, “Why Do dogs prefer blue and yellow colored treats over red and green?” Sarthak Garg’s APS Science Fair award, “Beberine: A Potential Natural Drug to Combat Oxidative Stress.” Christine Gonzalez’s APS Science Fair award
for her project titled,
“Do Atmospheric Conditions Affect Heart Rate When Running?”
Nimansha Jain’s APS Science Fair award,
“Regulatory Motifs That Control the Trafficking and
Assembly of Gap Junctions Formed by Connexin32?”
Nicolas Byland’s APS Science Fair award “How do plants grow with and without fertilizer?”Ai Ke Woods’ with APS Science Fair award “Can you find me?” Elena Roberts’ APS Science Fair award,
“Wrinkled Fingertips Lift More Weight?”
Desmaray Tolliver’s APS Science Fair award for her project titled, “Why Don’t Older Adults Go to the Doctor?” Brittany Richards APS Science Fair award, “What’s the Buzz?” Ravi Agrawal’s APS Science Fair award for, “Novel Inhibitory Effects of Quillaja Bark Saponin in Curing Hepatitis C.” Karan Jani’s with an APS Science Fair award, “Covalent Modification of Melphalan Increases it’s Anticancer Effects.”

APS members are encouraged to make an APS award at their local or regional science fair at the elementary, middle, or high school level. Student winners receive an APS t-shirt and a certificate for the best physiology project. The teachers of the winning students will receive an APS teaching resource packet. 

A limited number of awards are available each year on a first come, first served basis. Applications must be submitted no fewer than 6 weeks prior to the local science fair date. The award materials, as well as packets of APS careers trading cards for all fair participants, will be mailed to the APS member.

The program is an outreach activity of the APS Careers Opportunities in Physiology Committee with support provided by the APS Council. The goal is to encourage APS members to participate in their local and regional fairs. The program provides opportunities for students from elementary through high school to learn what physiology is and to become “associated with the field” through recognition of their work. The program also builds connections between APS members and their local schools. Finally, it encourages local fairs to promote physiology-based projects to their students since there are potential awards to be won. 


Any APS regular member in good standing who participates as a judge in a local or regional science fair at an elementary, middle, or high school is eligible to apply to receive support to make an APS award.  APS members who are graduate students or postdoctoral fellows must have approval from their department to make awards.

The judge (or judges) must be an APS member in good standing who is willing to present the award on behalf of the APS to the student with the best physiology project. (One winning student per science fair) After the science fair the judge will report on the winner via an online report form. Winners will be posted on the APS website. Please note: APS members should follow appropriate rules for avoiding potential conflicts of interest to assure that their participation in the judging does not appear to be biased. APS members should not judge projects developed by members of their families or extended families, or children of their lab group members. 


The winning student will receive an APS t-shirt, APS certificate, and a “Physiology Researcher” lapel pin. The teacher of the winning student will receive an APS resource packet and the Women Life Scientists book.


We encourage APS members to participate as science fair judges at different grade levels throughout the year. However, an APS member can only request support for one APS student award package per year.

How to Request an Award

  • Read the current guidelines for the awards (see Science Fair Award Program Guidelines in Resources below).
  • Use the online request form (in Announcements above) to submit your information and request an award packet. Be sure to do this well in advance of the science fair (6 weeks).
  • To find a local science fair, use the link  below to the science fair locator at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair website.
  • Read about recent winners in the APS newsletter, The Physiologist (see links below).

If you have questions about the program, contact the APS Education Office.


Science Fair Award Program Guidelines (PDF)

Members please review the Science Fair Award Guidelines before submitting your request for an award.

Find a Local Science Fair

Science for Society and the Public provides a searchable database to help you find local science fairs.

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