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CINSAM Hosts Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky

SEFNK 2017 SEFNK Overall Winner Will Broomhead

February 22, 2018- Northern Kentucky University will host the annual Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky (SEFNK) on February 24. The SEFNK Board will present the fair, which is expected to attract around 150 students from a region covering close to 30 local counties.

The SEFNK fair focuses on students in grades 4-12 to emphasize the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Kentucky. SEFNK provides a unique opportunity for students to display their work and win prizes such as scholarships and a free trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh.

“SEFNK is an exciting way for students to exhibit their hard work, while at the same time encouraging student excellence in research,” said Dr. Madhura Kulkarni, CINSAM director. “It’s extremely important for them to learn about and authentically experience the value of STEM in understanding and solving real world problems that we face as individuals and societies. SEFNK offers our students an opportunity to share their new knowledge and solutions with the community and for the community to recognize and foster the students’ contributions.”

·       What: Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky

·       When: February 24, 2018, Open to the public: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

        The Awards ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m.

·       Where: James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union

The SEFNK board includes several faculty and staff from NKU and Thomas More College as well as other members of the northern Kentucky community. NKU’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) is a major partner. Nearly 100 judges and other volunteers from across the region will also participate in the fair.

Throughout the year, SEFNK encourages and assists schools and their students in their science study and research programs in order to stress the understanding of fundamental principles of the STEM disciplines. For more information on SEFNK, please visit

About CINSAM: Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) was established in 2000 by the Council on Postsecondary Education as NKU’s Program of Distinction. CINSAM is dedicated to promoting enthusiasm, excellence and equity in science, technology and engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at preschool through undergraduate levels.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit