General Rules

Any exhibit or student that does not follow the Official ISEF Rules and Forms will be disqualified and the exhibit will not be judged.  

If you need the ISEF Rules and Forms in Spanish they are available.

To make sure that you are eligible to compete in the regional and state fairs, be sure you meet each of these requiremnts:

Microorganisms include, but are not limited to: bacteria, fungi (including molds), yeasts, viruses, viroids, prions, rickettsia, and parasites. ALL projects involving microorganisms must follow the ISEF Rules regarding culturing, handling, and disposal. NO STUDENTS AT ANY LEVEL may grow microorganisms at home, except for those specifically stated as exceptions above.

These rules do not apply to projects involving composting or decomposition of foods as long as no samples are cultured and as long as all projects in these categories are terminated at the first visible signs of microbial growth.

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