Every science fair participant must submit forms used to verify that the student’s work has been planned prior to starting experimentation and supervised by someone with knowledge of safety issues and regulations.
In addition to the links below, students can use the ISEF Rules Wizard to help figure out which forms are needed for their project.
The Intel ISEF forms constitute written documentation of what will occur, or in some cases, has already occurred, in a research project. They are designed to provide the information that is needed to review the project to ensure compliance with the Intel ISEF rules and with laws and regulations that apply to the project.
Most forms should be filled out and signed BEFORE any research takes place. Only Forms 1C, 7, and the abstract are done AFTER the research. The dates of the signatures reflect when the approval or consent is given.
Information form to include contact information (email addresses will be used to contact you about the status of your project), name of project, adult sponsor name and address where research took place.
Please fill out ALL information
#6 Dates of actual experimental procedure - 12-month project that occurred within the last 18 months before fair date is allowed.
#7 Explain where the experimental research will be conducted. Universities, research facilities, and industrial settings require Form 1C. (Note: Pathogens may NOT be cultured at home)
Signature form to sign acknowledging that all rules have been read and plan to be followed. Additionally these statements attest that each of these people (or committees) approves or consents to this project.
Student and parent (this is NOT to be signed by teacher or designated supervisor) must sign BEFORE the start of experiment.
#2 deals with Scientific Review Committee (SRC) signatures.
2b refers to research involving the previous mentioned topics but was conducted at a regulated research institute where the institute’s board reviewed the project BEFORE experimentation. In this case the SRC does not need to review prior to experimentation but a signature is needed for competition.
#3 is SRC signatures before competition at the regional and state levels. ALL projects require this signature.
A summary of experimentation. This form also serves as a checklist for any additional forms that may be needed. For the NCSEF 2015-2016, please use the NC Official Abstract Form that can be downloaded to the left.
An abstract is written after experimentation and includes a few sentences of each area below:
a) purpose of the experiment
Local and Regional Fairs may not stamp the abstract. At the State level, students will receive a stamped copy of their abstract in their registration packet.
This is not on a form but needs to be included with all paperwork. This is used for the SRC to assess if all ISEF rules and regulations were followed.
Your research plan should reflect what was actually done for your project and the details should match what is written in your abstract.
Question or problem being addressed
Detailed description of methods or procedures
Please note that data is not to be included
Bibliography – minimal 3 for Elementary and 5 for Junior and Senior
This page, along with the research plan, is submitted by the student researcher to explain to the IRB how the safety and well being of the test subjects and the confidentiality of results will be ensured.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews the project, checks the risk level and determines if written documentation of consent/permission is required.
Each IRB member signs with the date they approve this project.
This occurs BEFORE any experimentation takes place.