Schedule of Events

63rd Annual Montana Science Fair

Download the Schedule of Events and  Campus Map here.


SUNDAY, March 18, 2018

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Early Check-in/Late Registration begins in the Adams Center Hall of Champions. 

$20 entry fee per student collected for those who have not yet paid or $25 late entry fee per student collected for those who have not pre-registered. Exhibit set-up will be on Monday morning ONLY.

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Planetarium Shows in the Star Gazing Room

View the wonders of the night sky and explore the cosmos at UM’s new planetarium housed in the beautiful Star Gazing Room in the basement of the Payne Family Native American Center.


MONDAY, March 19, 2018

8:00 am to 12:00 pm - Check-in and Exhibit Set-up in the Adams Center

Exhibit Set-up: Grades 6-8—Adams Center Sports Arena (Lower Level) Grades 9-12—Adams Center North Level B (Main Level). Students must remain at exhibits until exhibits have been inspected by the Sign and Safety Committee.

$20 entry fee per student collected for those who have not yet paid or $25 for late registrations (registrations received after March 19th).

9:00 am to 1:00 pm - University of Montana STEAM Lounge in the Adams Center Auxillary Gym

Join UM researchers and scientists as they host hands-on activities in the UM STEAM Lounge! Snacks will be provided, and students of all ages, teachers and parents are welcome. 

9:00 am to 11:00 am - Planetarium Shows in the Star Gazing Room

View the wonders of the night sky and explore the cosmos at UM’s new planetarium housed in the beautiful Star Gazing Room in the basement of the Payne Family Native American Center.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Judges Orientation in the Sky Club (signs will be posted)

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Lunch break for Student Exhibitors (Options will be available on or near campus)

1:00 pm to 4:30 pm - Judging* Students must remain at exhibits. No parents or teachers will be allowed on the exhibit floors. Fair Photographer will be circulating to take participant photos.

4:30 pm - Students Released

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Exhibit Viewing Open to Students and Public 

Students may return to see their ribbons (optional)


TUESDAY, March 20, 2018

8:00 am  to 9:00 am - Montana Science Fair Open to Public for Viewing

10:00 am - Awards Ceremony at the George & Jane Dennison Theatre

Important Reminders: Due to space, teachers and parents are NOT allowed to sit in the lower level of the theater. Students are encouraged to leave their exhibits up for public viewing until after the awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.


Judging is modeled after the ISEF procedures (i.e., there will only be one round of judging). Gold, Silver, and Bronze ribbons will be placed on winning exhibits after students are released at 4:30 pm and can be viewed when the fair opens to the public at 7:00 pm.