for Forms & Projects:
following should be completed in the order presented:
Checklist (1A) should be completed in conjunction with the
Plan. On this form, students should outline what the project
is about. Items that especially need to be clear are the following:
- The school
address (#3) should include the PHYSICAL address along with the
mailing address if they are different. Remember, research cannot
be conducted in a PO Box!
- Any project
conducted in a similar area of research as previous projects should
be considered a continuation (#5). If the project is a continuation,
explain on Form
7 how the project will differ from previous experimentation
because ONLY a new and different project is allowed. The current
year's project must demonstrate significant progress.
- The Start Date (#6) must be the date that the student began his/her
laboratory and/or data collection work - not when the background
or library research began.
- The End Date (#6) must be the date that the student stopped his/her
laboratory and/or data collection work - not when data analysis
or work on the board was completed. ONLY a 12-month project that
occurred within the last 18 months before the 2013 Intel ISEF
- If a student
wishes to continue collecting data between competitions (i.e.:
after the Regional Science Fair and before the CSEF), then an
amendment to this form should be done stating that the student
will be collecting more data and give the newly anticipated end
date AS LONG AS THE PROCEDURES DO NOT CHANGE!!
- Field Research
(#7) refers to data collection that is done away from the school,
home and/or research institution (i.e.: collection of data at
different stream sites around the state, collection of surveys
at sites such as businesses and/or schools other than the student
researcher's, observations done in public places, etc.). If there
is field work done, we need a list of all of those sites and addresses
if possible (general locations if not), please attach to this
form if the list is long. Universities, research facilities and
industrial settings will require additional documentation on Form
1C to explain what was done at each facility.
Plan MUST be TYPED and should be completed in conjunction
with the Student
- When writing
the research plan, students should clearly identify each
of the four points needed in the plan: Question Being Addressed;
Hypothesis/Problem/Engineering Goal(s); Procedures & Data
Analysis; and Bibliography. This will aid in the review of the
research plans and cut down on the need for clarification in many
Subjects Research must also include who the subjects will
be; how the subjects will be recruited; what the subjects will
be asked to do (IN DETAIL!); what the potential risks or discomforts
might be to the subjects; what the potential benefits to society
and/or each subject might be; how privacy will be protected; and
how informed consent will be obtained.
Animal Research must also include potential alternatives and
a justification to the use of vertebrate animals; the potential
impact or contribution this study may have; detailed procedures that include how discomfort, pain
and injury to the animals will be minimized and what chemical
concentrations and drug dosages will be used (if applicable); exactly how many
animals will be used and what type; exactly what the housing and
oversight will be for each type of animal; and exactly what will
be done with the animals once the study is over.
Hazardous Biological Agent Research must also include how
the Biosafety Level was determined; exactly where the agent, cell
line, etc. is being obtained; exactly what the safety precautions
being taken are; and exactly how and where the biological agents
will be disposed of when the study is over.
that include Hazardous
Chemicals, Activities & Devices must also include how
the Risk Assessment was done and the results; exactly what the
chemical concentrations and drug dosages might be (if applicable); exactly what
the safety precautions are and procedures will be to minimize
potential risk; and exactly what the methods of disposal will
be (if applicable).
for Adult Sponsors (1) should be done once the Student Checklist
(1A) and Research Plan are near completion.
- The Checklist
for Adult Sponsors form is to be used by the Adult Sponsor when
reviewing students' research plans and seeing that the proper
approvals and oversight are acquired BEFORE research on the project begins.
This means it should be signed and dated BEFORE research begins
- attesting to the fact that the Adult Sponsor has indeed done
his/her job in guiding the student researcher.
- If the Adult
Sponsor feels that more detail is needed in the Research Plan,
he/she should not sign this form until it is corrected.
- The Adult
Sponsor should make sure that question #4 matches question #6.
- Please note
that the Adult Sponsor should sign and date it according to the
date of REVIEW and not the date of signature. This is useful if
the students have research notebooks and the teacher reviews and
initials those before transferring everything to the ISEF forms.
Form (1B) should be completed once the Student Checklist
(1A), the Research Plan and the Checklist for Adult Sponsors (1) are
- The student
should review the research plan with his/her parents/guardian
and sign this form together. This must be done BEFORE the student
can begin laboratory/data collection work.
- If prior
Scientific Review Committee (SRC) approvoal for use of vertebrate
animals and/or potentially hazardous biological agents and/or
Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for use human subjects
is required, then all paperwork must be sent to the appropriate
SRC/IRB for review and approval (#2a) BEFORE the student can begin
laboratory/data collection work.
- If prior
SRC/IRB approval is required and the student is working at a REGULATED
Research Institution like a university AND they obtained the necessary
approvals from that institution, then the local SRC/IRB can give
approval (#2b) AFTER the project is complete, but PRIOR to competition.
The student must have a Form 1C and any required institutional
approvals in hand.
- Just prior
to the student's Regional Science Fair, the Regional SRC will review
the paperwork and will approve (#3) the project for competition.
- If a student
is selected to attend the CSEF, just prior to that competition,
the CSEF SRC will review all paperwork and will approve (#3) the
project for competition.
- Please note
that even though a local school SRC/IRB may have approved a project
prior to experimentation, a regional and state SRC can deem that
the local review body made a mistake and refuse to allow a project
for competition for not following the rules and guidelines.
Abstract must be completed once the project is completed
and all analysis and conclusions are done.
- CSEF Finalists
MUST use the on-line CSEF Abstract form and NOT the ISEF Official Abstract
should be written in past tense and should include the objective(s)
of the study, the general procedure(s) used, the result(s) of
the study and the significance of the result(s). The abstract
should not include acknowledgements (such as referencing mentors
or laboratories involved in the project).
- Read more
information on writing abstracts.
Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C) is completed
AFTER experimentation is completed at a research institution or
- If only
part of a student's research is completed at the research institution,
then this form can be completed at any time after the research
start date and does not have to wait until all experimentation
is completed, but this might be noted on the form somewhere for
- Please pay
particular attention to the signature box- if the student did
the research at the institution, then that institution must have
given their approval if it involves human subjects, vertebrate
animals or potentially hazardous biological agents. For example,
Colorado State University has its own Regulatory Compliance Board
and if a student were to go there to do a research project with
a professor (or anyone else), the student's research must be approved
by this board and the CSU board overrides any decision a school
IRB may have made regarding the study, as the school has no jurisdiction