Sponsors, we thank you!

As we close our fair and launch our marvelous students to participate at Intel ISEF affiliates much nearer their homes, we take this last opportunity to thank the host of sponsors who have made possible this decade of science fair development. Ying TRSEF has successfully partnered with sister regionals or helped to found new fairs to guarantee Intel ISEF eligibility to every county we served!

The 2012 Ying of Balquhain Baronial Award of a quarter of a million dollars has funded our fair development across Upstate New York. We can do more if we have more. Would you like to ask for or make a gift? Contact the Fair Director and explore the options!


Science Fair Naming Sponsor

Dr. Nelson Ying

Annual $15,000 unrestricted matching grant
When Dr. Ying visited in 2010, he was so blown away by the caliber of students, judges and volunteers, so dazzled by OCC’s lovely campus and top-notch facilities, that he DOUBLED his challenge grant! 

Site Host and Academic Sponsor

Onondaga Community College
Host for the Office of STEM Initiatives, Onondaga provides an office for Ying TRSEF, and hosts the committees for both the Ying TRSEF and the Ying Scholar Finals

Corporate Sponsors

American Society of Civil Engineers, Syracuse Chapter
$2000 Engineering Category Sponsor (The Ying TRSEF also thanks and commends the Syracuse Chapter of ASCE for its leadership as a professional association advocating the career explorations of American youth.)

Breakthrough Design Group
$2000 Computer Science Category Sponsor (The Ying TRSEF also thanks and commends Breakthrough Design Group for its corporate ethos of community support and service.)

CNY & Syracuse FunFlicks
Gathering on Saturday, the Ying TRSEF students will have their photographs wall-sized on the inflatable screen that CNY & Syracuse FunFlicks is donating for the day. In addition, one student will receive the amazing award of his or her own school having a free screen event, too!

Corning Incorporated
$2000 Chemistry Category Sponsor (The Ying TRSEF also thanks and commends Corning for its leadership in forming MST Connect – the math-science-technology partnership of schools, colleges and companies that is transforming Southern Tier STEM education.)

Dresser-Rand First Corporate Sponsor
$1500 unrestricted funding for Ying TRSEF operations (The Ying TRSEF also thanks and commends Dresser-Rand for its very powerful support for science fairs and Project Lead the Way programs in their employees’ local school districts.)

Time CAMM_Logo_Orange_reducedWarner Connect a Million Minds was the newest Ying TRSEF sponsor. THANK YOU to an inspiring organization which has made its SECOND five-year commitment to support STEM education!


NASA Summer of Innovation
In both 2011 and 2012, NASA’s foundation awarded the Ying TRSEF $2500 for middle school STEM outreach and professional development.

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
A $5745 grant to fund launching a new local science fair, and bringing a bus full of Elmira-Corning students and adults to the Science Fest in March.

Northern New York Community Foundation
A three-year grant of $2000 per year to pay for the Ying TRSEF affiliation with ISEF, the 2008-09 design and Jefferson Community College presentation of the Family Science Adventure, 2009-10 mentor network development, and 2010-2011 professional development course design.

Onondaga Community College Foundation
Grants toward Fair Videography and campus expenses

Providing free web hosting

Other Sponsors & Partners

Advertising Donations for Awards Ceremony Program
Alfred University Astronomy Camp
Alfred University Summer Camp Programs
Renssalear Polytechnic Institute

Anonymous Donations
Cash gift for Fair medallions and operations ($1000)
Cash gift “to support a great fair!” ($100)
Donation of food and pin sales at Ying TRSEF ($294.50)

Others who helped us along the path to today!

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Outreach
Funding fair for first year, and ISEF affiliation for second year
Northern New York Community Foundation
Three-year development grant
Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning
Mentor Network development; GLOBE training and fair transportation; S3 (Steuben Summer Science)
Allegany County Area Foundation
Development grant
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Family Science Adventure development
Buffalo Chapter of IEEE
Cash donation
Dewitt Chapter of Rotary International
Cash donation
Citrix Online
$23,400 in-kind gift of GoToMeeting licenses
Gifford Foundation
Support of Maker Faire development for STEM outreach
Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science
Hosting Parent InfoSessions for two years
SUNY ESF Paper and Bioprocess Engineering
Custom-designed heavy stock for presentation folders and signage
Anonymous Cash Donations (six)
Fair medallions and operations (one)
Glenn Hughes
Photography and graphics design
Ten anonymous gift
Unrestricted Ying TRSEF operations
Car-Freshner Corporation
Judge pens
Greater Syracuse Scholastic Science Fair, Syracuse NY
Mentoring the Ying TRSEF as we developed our structure and network
Legal Clinic at the Assisi Center/Church of the Assumption, Syracuse NY
Guidance in forming our nonprofit
Staples Soul Local Giving
Supplies for fair and Family Science Adventures
Staples Corporate Offices
Printing and lamination of Maker Hall signage for STEM outreach
Syracuse Inner City Rotary Club
Support for Maker Faire development and STEM outreach

How You Can Help

There are many ways to support the work of the regional science fairs serving Upstate New York State counties. Whether a corporation, organization, foundation or individual, you can make a difference as we work to open the doors of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to these curious and motivated young people! Here are examples of ways you can pitch in. The “we” you see below could be every science fair in your area!

Category Sponsors
ISEF-affiliated fairs have 22 separate categories in which students can conduct their research. We are looking for private, corporate, academic or association $2000 minimum sponsorship of each category to become ongoing support for operations! Please contact the Fair Director today to explore this ultimate bargain in advancing your scientific or engineering field!

Talent Sponsors

Help us conduct the media campaign in your area to recruit students, judges and mentors, or give brief talks at the local PTAs/PTOs or professional associations about the Ying TRSEF. (The Fair Director can provide you with a complete package including a PowerPoint presentation and great anecdotes.)

Young Scientist Sponsors

Our middle school Junior Level accepts sponsorships of $500 and the high school Senior Level accepts $1000 sponsorships to support the year-round work of encouraging science fair participation in 24 counties by students, parents, teachers and other concerned adults.

Judges Sponsors

Our judges and fair officials need identifying sashes on their name tags so our security people permit them to enter the Exhibit Hall. The Fair also must provide lunches for the judges, who graciously arrive in the morning and work through the afternoon! And to that, add support for recruiting all these people!

Media Sponsors

Before the Fair we publicize the opportunity to schools, communities, professional organizations. On Fair Day, we need to shoot stills and video footage, and share with the media the news that hundreds of young people are making good choices.

Awards Sponsors

Every student receives a letter of participation. Ideally, a sponsor will provide medallions and pins for our Finalists to bring to ISEF for the traditional international exchange. You can also sponsor your own award, such as a job shadow experience at your facility, an internship, or a savings bond.

Please contact the Fair Director today to discuss your ideas about Ying TRSEF sponsorship!

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