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Student Research Projects - Option 2
Science & Technology Fair

Local Science and technology fair: April 26th

If you are considering student research, find out more about what's involved and what the benefits are.

The Vanier College Science and Technology Fair initiative invites students across disciplines to propose, prepare and present experimental, design, or study projects. This unique experience offers participants a chance to extend their learning beyond the classroom while offering several notable benefits.

We will have up to 2 science fairs depending on student interest.

The first is for anyone wishing to go on to the regional science fair. Since the regional is in early march we need to have the local fair in early February. The schedule is much stricter. Students must be under 20 years of age. The same project can be presented up to twice. Groups of 2 or solo.

The second will be later in the semester to allow Students doing ESPs in the winter semester courses to participate. So many great projects get discarded after getting marked when we should really show them off! Tentative date is late April. Every science student needs to do a science project to graduate. Why not put a little extra effort into it, get a great mark, and present it at the science fair and/or publish in the science journal.

Science Fair projects are divided into seven distinct categories.

  • Life sciences
  • Health sciences
  • Physical sciences (Chem and Phys) and mathematics
  • Engineering and computer sciences
  • Earth and environmental sciences
  • Human and social sciences
  • Biotechnology

The type of Science Fair project refers to how you will deal with your subject. There are three approaches:

  • Experimentation;
  • Design;
  • Study

Note: Any projects involving animals or human participation must get ethics board approval BEFORE they can begin (Réseau Technoscience provincial ethics committee for the February science fair, Vanier research ethics board (REB) if you are not planning to go to regionals, or your teacher if the project is an ESP).

All proposals can be sent to Ashley Rankin (via MIO or at

General Timeline

  • Deadline to submit initial proposal: October 28
  • Feedback on your proposal will be sent to you by: November 11
  • Deadline to submit final draft of proposal if modifications are needed: November 25
  • Deadline to submit final report: February 1
  • Local Science and Technology Fair: February 8 (afternoon)-- CANCELLED
  • Regional Science and Technology Fair: March 26-27-28

For ESP projects presenting April 26th. The guidelines are less strict because we assume your instructor is guiding you in creating a high quality project.

  • Send an email confirming that you intend to present by February 17th.
  • Send your proposed project for approval or meet with an SEO (science engagement officer) by April 7th. Your project should be >75% complete.
  • Feedback on whether the project is suitable to present will be sent back by April 13th
  • Local Science and technology fair: April 26th

Ready to Get Going? Follow these steps...

A. Come up with an idea

If you need ideas to get you started, the Expo Science site provides some helpful guidelines. Your teachers may also prove to be helpful in brainstorming some ideas with you.

Your project should consist either of experimentation, design of some novel technology or methodology, or an in-depth study of some science-related topic. For more information about these three types of projects, consult the Types of Science Fair Projects document.

B. Project Proposal

In order to participate, you must produce a project proposal and submit it to Ashley Rankin (, include Science Fair in the subject line, please) by October 28. Feedback to your proposal will be provided to you by November 11 (latest). The feedback will include one of three possible statuses:

Accepted: Clear to proceed with the project.
Accepted with modification: Clear to proceed with the project after applying the suggested modifications.
Refused: Project cannot proceed in its current proposed state.

If an updated proposal is required, the deadline for submitting it is November 25.

Your proposal must first indicate the type of project you plan on conducting, and then address at least the following aspects: An introduction to the question being asked and hypothesis being tested, the issue being addressed, or the topic of study chosen.

If an experiment:

  • Identification of the variables that will be considered.
  • As clear a description of the experimental design as possible, including an elaboration of the materials required, the methodology proposed, and an expected timeline for conducting the experiment.
  • Predicted results from the experiment and how these would be interpreted.

If a design:

  • A general description of the design, including and relevant plans or diagrams.
  • The materials and resources required to construct it.
  • The expected timeline for construction.
  • As clear a description as possible of how the device, software, or product will be tested to assess its performance, and an expected timeline for completion of the necessary trials.

If a study:

  • A clear description of the research objectives.
  • A preliminary list of information sources that will be used to research the topic in question.
  • An expected timeline for completion of the study.

Important notes:

  • No projects involving animals will be accepted.
  • Projects involving humans will be considered, but must conform to the strict guidelines imposed by Vanier's Research Ethics Board (REB), and must receive REB approval before proceeding. Guidelines for obtaining approval are found on the REB site.
  • All information and materials that have been taken from other sources must be credited.

C. Final Report

A final report must be submitted by Wednesday, February 1. Only students who have submitted their final report will be given the opportunity to present their work at the Fair. Information on how to complete your five-page report can be found in the Science Fair Indispensable Guide document (Section 11).

D. Final Presentation

The presentation of projects will take place in the Mathematics & Science Centre (D-301) on Wednesday, February 8 (you must set-up your station anywhere between 10am and noon on the day of). If this conflicts with class time, a letter confirming your presence can be provided. For tips on how to develop your Science Fair presentation, see the appropriate section from The Science Fair Indispensable Guide document from the website.

E. Evaluation

Evaluation of the Science Fair projects will be completed using rubrics from the Hydro Quebec Montreal Regional Science Fair. Criteria for judging can be found here, and rubrics for different type of projects can be found here for experiments, design projects, and study projects.


A mentor is any one of the science or technology teachers in the college who is willing to provide you with assistance and guidance with the preparation of your project. If you are interested in having a mentor, you can request this in your initial proposal, or contact professor Mauro Di Renzo directly. You can request a specific mentor (conditional on this person agreeing to act as your mentor), or you can simply request that one be found for you.

Resources to Get You Going

Please feel free to consult these resources:


Vanier Student Engagement Officers (SEOs):


> 2015

Here are some pictures from the 2015 Science Fair.


> 2011

Here are some pictures from the 2011 Science Fair.


> 2009

Here are some pictures from the 2009 Science Fair.


> 2008

Here are some pictures from the 2008 Science Fair.


> 2007

Here are some pictures from the 2007 Science Fair.