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Intel ISEF categories and subcategories (as of 6/3/16) - Complete Details here

70th Annual LSEF – February 17-19, 2020, at the LSU Union, Cotillion Ballroom

Ethics Statement: Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. This includes plagiarism, forgery, use of presentation of other researcher's work as one's own, and fabrication of data. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs and the Intel ISEF. LSEF and Society for Science & the Public reserves the right to revoke recognition of a project subsequently found to have been fraudulent.

List of some of the hotels in the LSU area:

Crowne Plaza
4728 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 925-2244
Please indicate you are attending an official LSU function for reduced rate

Lod Cook Alumni Center
3848 West Lakeshore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: 225.383.COOK (2665)

Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center
201 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
(225) 344-5866


MONDAY & TUESDAY, February 17 & 18, 2020
Monday, February 17 - Project Setup/ Display & Safety - 3 – 7 p.m. - you can arrive anytime between 3-7, but must be setup by 7 (You must remain at your project until cleared or you will be disqualified)
Tuesday, February 18 - Students at Projects - 7:45 a.m. , Judging – 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Lunch – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. , Public Display – 1:00 – 2:15 p.m., Display Removal - 2:15 – 2:30 p.m., *Awards - 2:30 – 3:30

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, February 18 & 19, 2020
Tuesday, February 18 - Project Setup/Display & Safety – 5 – 7 p.m. you can arrive anytime between 5-7, but must be setup by 7 (You must remain at your project until cleared or you will be disqualified)
Wednesday, February 19- Students at Projects - 7:45 a.m., Judging – 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Lunch – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Public Display – 1:00 – 2:15 p.m., Display Removal - 2:15 – 2:30 p.m. , *Awards - 2:30 – 3:30 (ISEF Selection Meeting immediately after awards)

    Important Dates and Eligibility Information

  • Students must upload all forms for review at the time of registration. We no longer accept mailed or delivered forms. Students should always keep originals and regional directors should have copies on file for references. Please bring your originals to the fair.

  • Students will be informed by their regions if they are eligible to participate in the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair.

  • No student may participate in more than ONE regional fair to qualify for state. Those found in violation will not be approved for state.

  • Due to the challenges for registration, processing, and SRC review, deadline for registration and submission of all project paperwork is due within 10 days of your fair conclusion or by Friday, January 31, 2020, whichever comes first. If your school fair is after this date, please email our office to ensure we can complete the review process prior to regional competition. After this date, we cannot guarantee approval in time for competition. Please note that all paperwork should be completed, properly dated and include your LSEF Region VII Student Information form found in your confirmation email after you register below.

  • Double check all forms for completeness, accuracy, and appropriate signatures with dates. Special attention should be paid to each student's category. The category chosen at registration must match the category on the official abstract form.

Project Approval – Forms to be uploaded at registration (additional form details further down this page)
The initial review and approval for your project takes place at your school before you can begin experimentation. This should be done as early as possible in the fall semester or before so that you have plenty of time to complete your research and prepare your project. Refer to all needed approval forms for your research area.
Most common forms related to approval and required for all projects:
Student Information form (included in the Student Confirmation and setup package above)
Research plan with a minimum of (5) five references
Official Abstract (on the Official Abstract form with 22 categories)
Student Checklist (1A)
Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1)
Approval Form (1B) (be very careful with dates and signatures, read carefully)
Depending on the nature of the project, there may be additional approval forms and procedures required, as noted below.

LSEF follows ISEF Rules and Guidelines - Complete Intel ISEF 2020 Rules and Guidelines booklet with forms
Rule changes for 2020 as of May 2019

**Please note that all paperwork should be completed, properly dated and include your LSEF State Student Information form found in this package emailed to you when you register below

2020 LSEF Region VII Registration Fee - $25 per individual project and $40 for team projects (non-refundable) - Registration Opens Monday, December 9, 2019

LSEF Region VII Senior Finalists selected to attend ISEF - You must agree to represent LSEF, travel and compete at the time of acceptance. Please make sure you are willing and able to attend as others would love to have your spot. LSEF policy aligns with ISEF Rules - “Intel ISEF finalists are expected to attend the full week of the program and are encouraged to attend all Intel ISEF events. Attendance is mandatory at the public exhibition of projects on Thursday and at both award ceremonies. The only excused absences to these mandatory functions are graduation ceremonies, illness or family emergencies. If finalists have a scheduling conflict, they should consult with their Fair Directors immediately”.

Online Registration Instructions:

•Click the Student/Project Registration button above (will redirect you to the online registration form/system)

Page 1: Create an account (second box at the bottom of the page) Enter a valid email address (please type carefully and correctly and use an email address you will be checking often). Select a password (you should write it down for reference later). Click to save

Page 2: Personal and Contact Information (all required). Click to save

Page 3: School Information. Locate your school in the drop down box (if you do not see your school, please contact your school to register at on the School Page). Select school type, grade, complete teacher name and email address, and select division (junior or senior). ( BE VERY CAREFUL TO SELECT REGION VII JUNIOR OR SENIOR DIVISION, NOT STATE)Click and save

Page 4: Project Information. Select if Vertebrate, Human, PHBA and/or Hazardous (click all that apply) Enter your project title, abstract information (you can copy and paste from official abstract). Enter your project category and then sub-category (descriptions are found by clicking link beside the drop-down box). Then check the box of topic(s) your project may include, if any, otherwise do not check. Click to save

Page 5: Individual or Team. Indicate if this is a team project. If yes, indicate team member name(s), age, grade and school. Limit of 3 team members per project including yourself. Click to save

Page 6: Method of Payment. Select form of payment from Method of Payment and save to next page. Fee for LSEF Region VII 2020 is $25 per individual project and $40 for team projects. Registration is non-refundable.

Page 7: Payment submission and instructions, click to next page when complete

Page 8: Project Upload. You must upload all properly completed, dated and signed required forms including the following (scan and save into one pdf document if possible or you may load forms separately): Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), Student Checklist (1A), Approval Form (1B), Official Abstract Form, as well as your Research Plan with references. Also, any additional required forms needed for your project. (details and wizard found below on this page) Click Choose File, locate your forms and then click Upload File. DO NOT click Submit for Review until you are sure all forms have been added properly. Once upload is complete, then click Submit for Review. We are then notified of your project submission and the review process begins. NOTE: you may leave page/site (once saved) without submitting and log back in to complete once you are satisfied all are correct and ready for review. However, make sure you submit for review before your designated deadline. You will receive email notification of approval or additional requirements, so be sure the check your email periodically after submission.

The following are the 22 categories that are recognized by LSEF. Here you will find full descriptions of each category - Intel ISEF Categories and Subcategories

Animal Sciences (ANIM)
Behavioral and Social Sciences (BEHA)
Biochemistry (BCHM)
Biomedical and Health Sciences (BMED)
Biomedical Engineering (ENBM)
Cellular and Molecular Biology (CELL)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBIO)
Earth and Environmental Sciences (EAEV)
Embedded Systems (EBED)
Energy: Chemical (EGCH)
Energy: Physical (EGPH)
Engineering Mechanics (ENMC)
Environmental Engineering (ENEV)
Materials Science (MATS)
Mathematics (MATH)
Microbiology (MCRO)
Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)
Plant Sciences (PLNT)
Robotics and Intelligent Machines (ROBO)
Systems Software (SOFT)
Translational Medical Science (TMED)

Required Paperwork and Information

Project Approval
The initial review and approval for your students' projects takes place at your school before the students begin experimentation. This should be done as early as possible in the fall semester so that students have plenty of time to complete their research and prepare their projects.

There are four official ISEF forms related to approval that all projects must have: the Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), Student Checklist (1A), Approval Form (1B) and the 22 Category Official Abstract form.

Depending on the nature of the project, there may be other approval forms and procedures required, as noted below. All required forms may be obtained by clicking here.

The Intel ISEF provides assistance with the required forms in the form of a helpful online wizard. By answering several questions, you will get a list of the forms you need to submit for each project. Click here for the ISEF Rules Wizard.

LSEF follows ISEF Rules and Guidelines - Complete Intel ISEF 2020 Rules and Guidelines booklet with forms

ISEF FORMS - All ISEF Forms and link to Rules Wizard

Official Abstract - Official Abstract

CAUTION: Read forms carefully and pay special attention to date instructions and signature requirements

Signature date depends on the project, review guidelines to determine. Required for every project.The Adult Sponsor is the adult who reviews and evaluates the student's research plan. The full description of the Adult Sponsor is located in the ISEF Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fairs. In most cases, the adult sponsor is the student's science teacher or the school's science fair coordinator. Note that checking any box under part 6 requires additional forms and approvals, and that the date of review must be prior to the start of experimentation. The Adult Sponsor is responsible for ensuring the student's research is eligible for regional and state competition , i.e. that the project complies with Intel ISEF guidelines and that the appropriate forms are properly completed and signed. Once the Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1) is completed, Approval Form(1B) must be completed as well.

Important Note:

The Intel ISEF guidelines indicate that school-level review groups pre-approve the following types of projects:

Human Participants
Projects involving human subjects require the prior approval of a school-level Institutional Review Board (IRB). Human Participants

Vertebrate Animals
Projects involving vertebrate animals require the prior approval of a school-level Scientific Review Committee (SRC). Vertebrate Animals

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents
Projects involving potentially hazardous biological agents require the prior approval of a school-level SRC. Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents

Hazardous Chemicals, Activities, and Devices
Hazardous chemicals, activities, and devices require the prior approval of a Qualified Scientist. Hazardous Chemicals, Activities, and Devices

Display and Safety

ISEF Display and Safety Guidelines (New Link coming soon)
Please be aware that the maximum size of project depth (front to back): 30 inches, Width (side to side): 48 inches, Height (table to top): 74 inches. **ISEF rules allow 108 inches as they allow you to remove the table furnished, we do not.

Please be aware when purchasing posters that the mechanism that supports the poster should conform to the maximum size limitation stated above. Maximum project sizes include all project materials, supports, and demonstrations for public and judges.

Reminders -

  • All graphs, charts, backgrounds and pictures must be properly credited. Photos of those other than finalist must have a signed release with copy at competition. If under 18, parent must also sign.

  • No acknowledgements allowed on boards such as those thanking schools, teachers, or anyone.No school or grade level to be listed on board as well.

  • Official abstract form must be displayed on the table, but the term abstract cannot be used on the board nor the abstract itself.

  • Continuation projects – Title must include duration of research and minimal reference to previous years’ work may be shown without any specific date being displayed.

  • Please note that boxes checked on abstract referring to forms must be checked and forms displayed (Form 1C, Form 7)

  • Additional forms required at their project, but not displayed are Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), Student Checklist (1A) and Research Plan and Approval Form (1B).

  • NOTE: All students or a teacher present at competition should have their own original forms. LSEF is not responsible for making copies of forms on file.

  • Students will no longer be allowed computer display only. Project must now accompany with a board. No project can set up and clear D&S without a display board and must adhere to all D&S rules.

  • All finalists awarded slots to Intel ISEF should have their boards approved by their regional director before shipment to ensure issues are cleared (for ISEF affiliated fairs)

  • Any project with a component that will be demonstrated by the finalist must be demonstrated only within the confines of the finalist’s booth. When not being demonstrated, the component plus the project must not exceed the maximum size dimensions for a project.

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