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NEW CATEGORIES! For 2016 - Intel ISEF categories and subcategories - Complete Details here

March 21 - 23, 2016, at the LSU Union, Cotillion Ballroom

2016 LSEF Fair schedule

MONDAY & TUESDAY, March 21 & 22, 2016

Monday, March 21
Project Setup/ Display & Safety - 4 – 8 p.m.
(You must remain at your project until cleared or you will be disqualified)
Tuesday, March 22
Students at Projects - 7:45 a.m.
Judging – 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch – 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Public Display – 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Display Removal - 2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Awards - 2:45 – 3:30/3:45 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, March 22 & 23, 2016

Tuesday, March 22
Project Setup/Display & Safety - 5 – 8 p.m.
(You must remain at your project until cleared or you will be disqualified)
Wednesday, March 23
Students at Projects - 7:45 a.m.
Judging – 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch – 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Public Display – 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Display Removal - 2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Awards - 2:45 – 3:30/3:45 p.m.

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.

Senior Division (grades 9-12) should register with SSP(Society for Science) to obtain a 10-digit SSP identification number which will be requested when you register below for Region VII Science Fair. SSP Details and information

    Important Dates and Eligibility Information

  • NEW registration process: Students will now 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, March 11, 2016 (This date has been extended from March 4 due to large number of late registrants. Please ensure all paperwork is complete and loaded by this date), whichever comes first. If your fair is after this date, please contact us to ensure we can complete the review process prior to State 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 Student Information Form

  • 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.

  • Student confirmation information with Student Information Form, Display and Safety, Setup, and Parking Information

Project Approval – Forms to be uploaded at registration
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:
Research plan with a minimum of (5) five references
Official Abstract
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. All required forms may be obtained by clicking here.

2016 LSEF Registration Fee - $25 per project (non-refundable) - Registration Opens January 11, 2016

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 STATE JUNIOR OR SENIOR DIVISION, NOT REGION VII)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 2016 is $25 per project.
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): Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), Student Checklist (1A), Approval Form (1B), Official Abstract Form, as well as your Research Plan with references (5 minimum). 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 20 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) was announced late fall by ISEF, therefore it will be listed for 2017
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) was announced late fall by ISEF, therefore it will be listed for 2017

Required Paperwork and Information

LSEF follows ISEF Rules and Guidelines - Complete Intel ISEF 2016 Rules and Guidelines booklet

Helpful information for students - ISEF Student Resources

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.

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.

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

(Complete rules found beginning on page 23 of the 2016 ISEF Rules and Guidelines (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.

Reminders/Notes and New for 2016 -

  • 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.

  • LSEF 2016 new rule - 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, but the term abstract cannot be used on the board.

  • 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. Beginning 2016, 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.

  • Beginning 2016, 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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