LOUISIANA STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR
2018 - Intel ISEF categories and subcategories (as of 6/3/16) - Complete Details here
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
List of some of the hotels in the LSU area:
4728 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
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
JUNIOR DIVISION (Grades 6-8)
MONDAY & TUESDAY, March 19 & 20, 2018
Monday, March 19 - Project Setup/ Display & Safety - 3 – 8 p.m. - you can arrive anytime between 3-8, but must be setup by 8 (You must remain at your project until cleared or you will be disqualified)
Tuesday, March 20 - 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 – 2:15 p.m., Display Removal - 2:15 – 2:30 p.m., *Awards - 2:30 – 3:30
SENIOR DIVISION (Grades 9-12)
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, March 20 & 21, 2018
Tuesday, March 20 - Project Setup/Display & Safety – 5 – 8 p.m. you can arrive anytime between 5-8, but must be setup by 8 (You must remain at your project until cleared or you will be disqualified)
Wednesday, March 21 - 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 – 2:15 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 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 2, 2018, whichever comes first. If your fair is after this date, please contact your regional director 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 LSEF State Student Information form found in this package - Student confirmation information with Student Information Form, Display and Safety, Setup, and Parking Information (To be posted Fall 2017)
- 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.
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. All required forms may be obtained by clicking here.
**Please note that all paperwork should be completed, properly dated and include your LSEF State Student Information form found in this package Student confirmation information with Student Information Form, Display and Safety, Setup, and Parking Information (To be posted Fall 2017)
2018 LSEF Registration Fee - $35 per individual project and $50 for team projects (non-refundable) - Registration Opens Monday, January 8, 2018
LSEF 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”.
JR Division (grades 6-8)
SR Division (grades 9-12)
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 www.outreach.lsu.edu/lsef 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 2018 is $35 per individual project and $50 for team projects.
•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 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)
Biomedical and Health Sciences (BMED)
Biomedical Engineering (ENBM)
Cellular and Molecular Biology (CELL)
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)
Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)
Plant Sciences (PLNT)
Robotics and Intelligent Machines (ROBO)
Systems Software (SOFT)
Translational Medical Science (TMED)
Required Paperwork and Information
LSEF follows ISEF Rules and Guidelines - Complete Intel ISEF 2018 Rules and Guidelines booklet
2018 Rule Clarifications & Changes Reference
Helpful information for students - ISEF Student Resources
FORMS - All ISEF Forms
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.
The Intel ISEF guidelines indicate that school-level review groups pre-approve the following types of projects:
Projects involving human subjects require the prior approval of a school-level Institutional Review Board (IRB). Human Participants
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
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.