Fair Day Information



Exhibitors and parents will find helpful information for the day of the Fair. Please note that parents and teachers are not allowed in the Stepan Center during judging and lunch from 9AM-1:30PM. The Fair will open to the public at 1:30PM.

NIRSEF Schedule


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Open for Project Set-up (Stepan)


7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Open for Project Set-up (Stepan)
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Project Judging (closed session)
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Exhibitor Lunch (closed session)
1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m OPEN TO PUBLIC
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Awards Presentation
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m Remove Project


Please bring the following:
  • Your project display
  • Grades 9-12 (and grades 3-8 students who have them) - Forms 1, 1a, 2, and Research Plan along with any SRC or IRB forms - keep these with your project in case you are asked for them.  If you sent them in to the Fair Director they will be in your file at the registration table.
  • Computer (optional) - if you want to show videos and/or pictures of your work
  • Extension cord (optional) - if you bring a computer or other equipment requiring electricity

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Directions and Parking

Parking Map

From the east or west: Enter Notre Dame campus from the north off of Douglas Road. At the intersection of Douglas and Wilson Drive (about one mile east of US 31/933 and one-quarter mile west of the Twyckenham roundabout), drive south on Wilson and turn right (west) onto Stepan Drive.

From the south: Drive north on US 31/US 933 North remaining on US 933 North through the city of South Bend. As you continue north, you will drive by Memorial Hospital (west side of road) and over the St. Joseph River Bridge. Continue driving north as the Notre Dame Campus becomes visible on your right (east) side to Douglas Rd. (about 2 miles north of Memorial Hospital). The US 933N/Douglas Road intersection is at the intersection that you would enter the IN Toll Road to head west. Stay in the right lane, as you will be turning right onto Douglas Rd (east). Follow the 2 roundabouts to stay on Douglas and at the intersection of Douglas and Wilson Drive (about one mile east of US 31/933 and one-quarter mile west of the Twyckenham roundabout), turn right (south) onto Wilson drive then turn right onto Stepan Drive (west).



Short term parking for project drop offs and pick ups is available at the B16 lot south of Stepan Center. This lot can be accessed from Stepan Drive. Stepan Center is on the north side of the Notre Dame campus, on Stepan Drive between Wilson Dr. (on the east) and Juniper Rd. (on the west).

Long term parking is available in the D2 lot north of Stepan Dr. (circled on this map). This lot is accessed from Wilson Dr. and is a short walk from Stepan Center.

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 Concession Stand

Exhibitors may want to bring a snack for the morning session as the judging period is lengthy. They may also bring beverages that are contained and capped, though they may not keep them in the display area.

Exhibitors are responsible for bringing a sack lunch.

Snacks will be available at the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) concession stand:

Fruit snacks


PB & J uncrustables




Bottled Water (16oz)


Soda (12 oz. cans)


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Special Needs:

Any exhibitor with special needs may contact Executive Director Micha Kilburn to make necessary arrangements.

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