What is the deadline for applying?

December 1 for application and full report.

Do I have to attend a public school in North Carolina?

No, the competition is open to any student attending high school in North Carolina.

I am a N.C. high school student but not a U.S. citizen. Can I apply?

Yes. Participation in the 2022 NCISC for non-citizens is limited to presenting research in the U.S. and U.S. travel. If students selected for the 2022 NCISC present their research in an international competition, non-citizen students will not present research. There will not be international travel in 2022.

Are team projects allowed?

Team projects are allowed.  The team can have an unlimited number of members that worked on the research but only two members may submit a research paper. If the team is selected to give an oral presentation, both team members will be expected to present the research and answer questions from judges. If the team is selected as winners, both team members will be invited to participate in travel in 2022.

Do I need to have a U.S. passport before I can apply for NCISC?


How many students are selected as winners?

Four to six students will be selected in 2022 as winners depending on the quality of the research presented.

What does this cost a student?

Students are responsible for any costs associated with undertaking their research project. All housing, meals, and transportation costs for any winning student are covered by the N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center.

What type of projects can be submitted?

Research project is defined broadly and can be an investigation in any of the STEM areas: Science (physical or life), Technology, Engineering or Mathematics or a Maker project.

Can I submit projects that have been submitted to other competitions or published?


How much time will it take me to complete a research project?

The level of projects previously successful in the NCISC have required several months of work either in research settings or in engineering environments.


If you have a question not addressed above, contact Lisa Rhoades.