LOUISIANA STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR
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 Regeneron ISEF. LSEF and Society for Science & the Public reserves the right to revoke recognition of a project subsequently found to have been fraudulent.
- Important Dates and Eligibility Information
- LSEF registrations opens Monday, February 1, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.
- This year, along with normal paperwork, we ask that students submit a short 2-3 minute (max) video with their board information. You may use any program (Google docs, etc.), but ensure when submitted that it does not require a password or login.
We recommend this format with instructions
We will not accept or approve anything beyond 3 minutes or those with school listed or acknowledgements.
We recommend you then upload to Youtube to allow them to just embed the link with their research plan for review and approval.
Project Video Instructions (Draft. To be confirmed by 12/1/20): Record a video (maximum duration 2-3 minutes for regional and state competitions; 2 minute max for ISEF (high school) competition) explaining your project. The target audience for this video is members of the general public who will visit the fair on Public Day. While judges will have access to this video, it will not be the focus of their project review.
What to include in your video:
1. Introduce Yourself: State your full name and your city. Rather than reciting your project title, consider explaining your project in a single sentence.
2. Explain Your Project: Summarize your research into main points:
a. What did you do?
b. What did you find?
c. What conclusions did you draw?
• You can use any props or visuals you may have that are within the Display & Safety guidelines.
• Do not include anyone in your video other than the student researchers of the project.
3. Best Practices for Filming: These videos will not be edited. To ensure your video is the best representation of your work, please keep these best practices in mind while filming:
a. Please speak clearly.
b. Film yourself in a well-lit and non-distracting environment so the viewer’s focus stays on you and your work.
c. For best results, film your video horizontally (landscape).
d. Keep the camera still and in place during filming.
e. Speak clearly and loudly enough that the recording is able to pick up every word you say.
f. Avoid long pauses.
g. Listen to your video after recording to ensure your voice is clear and audible, and that the video has not picked up too much background noise.
You can also present a Quad Chart in place of the video. Here are details regarding ISEF requirements and information for reference: Project Material Guidelines Be sure to prepare your Quad Chart in a PowerPoint presentation and then save as a PDF to create a link to embed in your paperwork for judges review.
So, when a student registers and submits their paperwork, they must upload 2 separate pdfs:
• PDF #1 – All approval forms (Forms 1, 1A, 1B, and all other approval forms as required for their project) and the LSEF Student Information Form which will be attached to your registration confirmation to complete.
• PDF #2 – Official Abstract Form, their research paper/plan WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, and a link to their above video for judges to review. .
- Students will be informed by email if they are eligible and approved to participate in the state 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 Sunday, March 7, 2021, whichever comes first. This is a firm and final deadline. 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 your confirmation email after you register below.
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 LSEF 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 2021 is $25 for individual projects and $50 for team projects. Registration is non-refundable.
•Page 7: Payment submission and instructions, click to next page when complete
•Page 8: Project Upload - 2 separate PDFs.
PDF #1 - You must upload all properly completed, dated and signed required approval forms (Forms 1, 1A, 1B, and all other required for your project)
PDF #2, your official abstract form, research plan/paper including your link to your interview as mentioned above. Remember, NO ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (ex: Thank you to anyone other than your teacher or parents) and NO SCHOOL listed on your official abstract form.
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 21 categories that are recognized by LSEF. Here you will find full descriptions of each category - 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: Energy: Sustainable Materials & Design (EGSD)
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
- 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.
LSEF follows ISEF Rules and Guidelines - Complete ISEF 2021 Rules and Guidelines booklet with forms
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 21 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.
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 ISEF 2021 Rules and Guidelines booklet with forms
Regeneron ISEF 2021 Rules and Guidelines for projects at home.
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.
The 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.