Special Awards

In addition to 1st and 2nd place presented to students in each age group and category, several sponsors of the 41st 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.

Best of Engineering Award

One 6-8th grade participant and one 9-12th grade participant will be awarded the Best Engineering Award for showcasing immense creativity in solving a particular issue at the Coriell Institute Science Fair. Winners will each be awarded $100.

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 within a life science category at the Coriell Institute Science Fair. Winners will each be awarded $150.

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.

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.


Category winners are eligible to enter the 2022 Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF), being held April 6th through April 9th, if you meet one of the following:

  • You are an individual project in 6-8th grade and won 1st or 2nd
  • You are a team project in 6th-8th grade and won 1st or 2nd
  • You are an individual project in 9-12th grade and won 1st, or 2nd
  • 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.