FOR SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIRS
Welcome!! Below you will find resources and information to prepare for your school or regional fair. Links provided will outline all forms required by ISEF, and we will also post regional and state forms required as well.
For fair details, forms, resources, rules, etc., for either Region VII or State fair, please click the tab at the top bar for the appropriate fair page.
Set a Date for Your School/Regional Fair!
The first step on the path to regional and state competition is to hold a school-level science fair.
Set a date for your school to hold its fair, keeping in mind the dates for registration and submission of required forms.
Register your school for competition in Region VII or LSEF (available now)
For Region VII Science Fair information and student registration click here
For Louisiana State Science Fair information and student registration click 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.
APPROVAL FORMS REQUIRED FOR EVERY PROJECT:
Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1) 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.
Approval Form (1B) Required for every project.
Part I is required for every project, with a signature by both parent and student. Please note these must be signed prior to the start of experimentation.
Part 2a is required for projects that involve human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents, or hazardous chemicals, activities, and devices. Before experimentation may begin, the required prior approvals must be obtained.
Additional forms required are based on the project. Please check the ISEF wizard for assistance (found on both the Region VII and State Fair pages).
How to Set Up Your School's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Scientific Review Committee (SRC)
If any of your students' projects fall into the categories noted above that require evaluation and approval by a review panel, your school will need to create an IRB and SRC to review students' projects prior to experimentation. If preferred, the school may create one committee to serve as both IRB and SRC. Every project that falls under Part 6 of the Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1) must have an IRB, SRC, or Qualified Scientist review prior to experimentation:
- Humans (IRB)
- Vertebrate animals (SRC)
- Potentially hazardous biological agents (SRC)
- Hazardous chemicals, activities, and devices (Qualified Scientist)
- an educator
- a school administrator
- a person who is knowledgeable and capable of evaluating physical or psychological risk involved in a given study, such as a medical doctor, physician's assistant, registered nurse, psychologist, licensed social worker, or licensed clinical professional counselor
A SRC consists of at least three members, and must include:
- an educator
- a biomedical scientist (PhD, MD, DVM, DDS, or DO)
- at least one other member
Please see SRC Checklist Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fairs for project review and approval.
Holding Your School Fair
School-level fairs are very valuable learning experiences. It is at this level that the majority of your students have the opportunity to conduct research and present their findings.
- If your school wishes to send students to participate in the Region VII Fair, please follow the Intel ISEF Guidelines carefully for your school-level fair. Be sure each student provides you with the correct forms, and that they are accurate, with the appropriate signatures.
- As much as possible, select judges whose expertise matches the categories of your students' projects.
- Prior to judging, conduct a safety check of the projects. You may want to use the Display and Safety Inspection Form used for the Region VII and state-level Fair.
- Winners should be chosen by the judges' scoring
- The number of students from your school whose projects may participate in the Region VII Fair will be posted shortly.
Students who place first (and possibly second) in their categories at their school or regional fair may register for the Louisiana Region VII Fair or LSEF pending approval and review from their school. Schools/regions will review finalists to determine eligibility. Confirmation of alternates will be made two weeks prior to the fair.
How to Enter Your Students in the Region VII or State Fair
- Register the students using the online registration form on either Region VII or LSEF, whichever applies. This may be done by one person (such as teacher, advisor, parent volunteer) for all students, or each student may register separately. Payment may be made at the time of registration or sent separately.
- Compile the required forms for every student you are registering for the Region VII or State Fair.
- Double check all forms for completeness, accuracy, and appropriate signatures with dates.
- Follow registration information on either the Region VII or LSEF tab above
- Student or teacher should attend fairs with original paperwork. No copies can be made on site.
- 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 required forms for each project participating in Regional or State Fair will be evaluated by the Region or State Scientific Review Committee, a local committee of scientists. Student participation in the Region or State Fair is contingent on approval of the forms by the regional SRC. The decision of the SRC is final.