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SCIENCE FAIR REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPANTS
  •   Every student must complete Research Plan (1A) (except for Team Projects which complete Research Plan (1A) for teams), (1A) attachment, Approval Form (1B), Checklist for Adult Sponsor/Safety Assessment, and Regional Registration form.

  • Certain projects require additional forms. Experiments that involve human subjects, non-human vertebrate animals, pathogenic agents, controlled substances, recombinant DNA or human/animal tissue require approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Scientific Review Committee (SRC) before experimentation begins.

  • Each student or team must submit a maximum 250-word, one-page abstract which summarizes this years work. The abstract must describe research conducted by the student, not by adult supervisors. The student must use the ISEF form.

  • Each student is encouraged to display a project data book and a research paper.

  • All signed forms, certifications, and permits must be available for review at each fair a student enters. We recommend these be kept in a notebook or folder.

  • Any proposed changes in the research plan by the student after initial IRB/SRC approval must have subsequent IRB/SRC approval before experimentation begins.

  • Projects which are continuations of previous year's work and which require IRB/SRC approval must be re-approved prior to experimentation for the current year.

  • FORM 4B Informed consent form is recommended for all projects involving human subjects and required for all projects involving risk. This form is also required for all subjects under 18 years of age. A copy of any test, survey or questionnaire must be provided for parental review for subjects under 18 years of age.

  • FORM 6 Human and Animal Tissue Form must be submitted to an SRC for review and approval before students begins experimentation.

  • Studies involving pathogenic agents in a home environment are prohibited.

  • Projects involving human subjects, nonhuman vertebrate animals, DNA, pathogens, controlled substances and human and animal tissue require prior approval by an SRC before experimentation begins.

  • A death rate of 50 percent or greater in any group or subgroup of vertebrates is not permitted.          
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