Special Awards

In addition to 1st and 2nd place presented to students in each age group and category, several sponsors of the 40th Annual Coriell Institute Science Fair have provided special and distinctive awards to recognize students (both individuals and teams) who have displayed excellence with their science fair projects. These awards demonstrate the high value sponsors place on achievement by middle and high school students in the areas of science and technology.

Lewis L. Coriell Best of Fair Award

In honor of Dr. Lewis L. Coriell’s spirit and innovative drive, one 6-8th grade participant or team and one 9-12th grade participant or team will be recognized by the Lewis L. Coriell Best of Fair Award for outstanding perseverance and cleverness in the design of an experimental approach to a research problem, particularly when the design overcomes limited resources. This award was created by the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in honor of its founder, who passed away in 2001. The winners will each be awarded $350.

RNR Foundation Award

The RNR Foundation would like to honor Coriell’s late President & CEO, Dr. Michael Christiman, by awarding one 6-8th grade participant and one 9-12th grade participant in the category of mathematics or computer science on the basis of outstanding and innovative research, as well as on the potential impact of the work. Winners will each be awarded $300 for exhibiting particular excellence and most importantly creativity in mathematics or computer science.

Best of Life Sciences Award

One 6-8th grade participant or team and one 9-12th grade participant or team will be awarded the Best Life Sciences Award for exhibiting particular excellence at the Coriell Institute Science Fair. Winners will each be awarded $150 for exhibiting particular excellence and most importantly creativity in the life sciences.

Best of Physical Sciences Award
The Best Physical Sciences Award will be presented to one 6-8th grade participant or team and one 9-12th grade participant or team for demonstrating outstanding comprehension of one of the physical science categories. Winners will each be awarded $150, sponsored by the Zajac family.

Best of Engineering Award

One 6-8th grade participant and one 9-12th grade participant will be awarded the Best Engineering Award for exhibiting particular excellence at the Coriell Institute Science Fair. Winners will each be awarded $100 for exhibiting particular excellence and most importantly creativity in engineering.

Marianne Raphaely Medicine and Health Award

The Marianne Raphaely Medicine and Health Award will be presented to one 6-8th grade student and one 9-12th grade participant who shows initiative and practical approach in Medicine and Health. Ms. Raphaely was a president of The Friends of Coriell and a strong supporter of scientific education. Winners will receive $100 sponsored by the M. Raphaely Memorial Fund.

Zajac Family Award

One 6-8th grade participant and one 9th-12th grade participant will be awarded $100 for exhibiting a creative and practical approach in Behavioral and Social Sciences. Sponsored by the Zajac family.

American Chemical Society Awards

The South Jersey section of the American Chemical Society will award $25 to one 6-8th grade participant and $50 to one 9-12th grade participant for demonstrating particular excellence in the chemistry category.

Camden County College Scholarship

Camden County College will present two 11th grade participants each with a 2-year, full scholarship – one for a winning physical/life science project, and the other, a winning technological sciences project. (Students must attend CCC full time.)

Category winners are eligible to enter the 2021 Virtual Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF), being held April 4th - 7th, if you meet one of the following: (1) You are an individual project in 6-8th grade and won 1st or 2nd; (2) You are a team project in 6th-8th grade and won 1st or 2nd; (3) You are an individual project in 9-12th grade and won 1st, or 2nd; or, (4) You are a team project in 9th-12th and won 1st. If you fit a criterion above, you must visit Coriell’s website for information and instructions on attending DVSF.