Several special awards will be given to deserving projects by various sponsors. These awards do not affect ranking and the winners will not necessarily be eligible for advancement to the state fair. The selection criteria is established only by the sponsor of the award and does not adhere to the NC Science and Engineering Fair rubrick.
This year’s special awards will be presented by Western Carolina University and various scientific organizations. This list is subject to change.
- Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, recognizing the best project in the field of astronomy.
- Western Regional Science Fair Director's Award
- Department of Geosciences & Natural Resources, WCU
- Department of Chemistry & Physics, WCU
- Department of Biology, WCU
- Forensic Science Program, WCU
- Secondary Science Education Program, WCU
- Environmental Science Program, WCU