For Students and Teachers

Student Equity in STEM Fund

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The Student Equity in STEM Fund is open to every eligible student entering grades 6-12 in the LRSEF region. The Fund provides financial support to Under-Represented Minority (URM) students and low-income students conducting science and engineering research. This fund is sponsored by a generous grant from Amazon Corporation to the Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair (KY-SEF).  

Students from under-represented minorities* or students from low-income households** are eligible for the following:

  • Student research grants of up to $100
  • Fee-waivers to attend LRSEF and KY-SEF
  • To be judged for the Amazon Special Award, a cash award given during LRSEF

If you are eligible and interested in applying for these opportunities, complete the Student Equity in STEM Fund Student Sign Up.

Download the Grant Application

*As defined by the Kentucky Public Postsecondary Education Policy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Underrepresented Minority (URM) – Students who categorized themselves as 1) Hispanic or Latino, b) American Indian or Alaska Native, c) Black or African American, d) native Hawaiian or Other Pacific islander, or e) Two or more races.
**Low-income is defined as students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch



Project Categories

You must choose one of the following 21 categories for your project. You can explore the categories here or by clicking on the links below.

Let us help you!

We know it can be difficult to decide on a project topic. Perhaps you have your idea in mind and are having trouble getting started. Maybe you just need a little guidance to make your project one-of-a-kind. No worries, we have a list of helpful links that should come in handy for whatever you are struggling with. Also, don’t hesitate to ask our LRSEF fair co-directors for a little guidance. Keri Meador and Fred Whittaker are eager to help and want to make LRSEF the best it can be! Send your questions to