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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 TBA

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

2016 LSEF Registration Fee - $25 per project - Registration Is Currently Not Available

Important Information: 2016 Finalist Packet – Will be posted late fall This packet includes required Project Information Form (MUST be turned in with copy of project paperwork for review), fair guidelines and important information, parking details, etc., and will be emailed to you once you register for the fair.

Important Dates and Eligibility Information

  • All regional fairs should be held by Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

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

  • Each student selected to participate must register and complete payment by Noon, Friday, March 4, 2016

  • 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 submission of all project paperwork is due within 10 days of your fair conclusion or by Friday, March 4, 2016, 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.
    Project Approval
    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 that all projects must have: the Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1) and the Approval Form (1B).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 following are the 20 categories that are recognized by Region VII Fair. 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)
    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)

    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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