CSEF in LSC Ballroom
Colorado Science & Engineering Fair
Judging at CSEF

Colorado Science & Engineering Fair

Everything associated with your project (display board, notebooks, devices, etc.) MUST fit within the following dimensions:

  • Height from the floor to the top of the display board cannot exceed 108 inches (274 cm)

  • Width from side to side cannot exceed 48 inches (122 cm)

  • Depth from front to back cannot exceed 30 inches (76 cm)

At the CSEF, tables are provided for students and will not exceed a height of 36 inches. Your display board must be free standing and cannot be attached to the table in any way.

Students may use the space underneath the table provided for additional project items, as long as nothing sticks out into the aisle or otherwise goes outside the above dimensions allowed.

Your research notebook may include your notes, the research paper, background research, etc., but the first section MUST include the following forms (in no particular order):

  • Signed Official CSEF Abstract (printed from the web site)

  • Signed Checklist for Adult Sponsor Form 1

  • Student Checklist Form 1A

  • Research Plan

  • Signed Approval Form 1B

  • All other pertinent forms that apply to your project (Form 2, Form 3, Form 7, Form 5A or 5B, Form 4, Form 6A, Form 6B)

Please note: completed Human Subject Consent Forms should NOT be kept in the research notebook or brought to the CSEF. These should be locked up with the Adult Sponsor or at the place of research.

The following items are NOT allowed as part of the project display (either on the board or on the table) due to safety concerns:

  • Living organisms (including live plants, insects, etc.)

  • Glass

  • Soil, sand, rock, cement, waste samples, etc.

  • Taxidermy specimens or parts

  • Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals

  • Human or animal food

  • Human or animal parts or body fluids

  • Plant materials (living, dead or preserved) that are in their raw, commercially unprocessed, or non-manufactured state

  • All chemicals, including water (project may NOT use any liquid as part of a demonstration)

  • All hazardous substances or devices (for example: poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, grease/oil, lasers, dry ice, etc.)

  • Items that may have contained or been in contact with hazardous chemicals

  • Sharp items (for example: syringes, needles, pipettes, knives, etc.)

  • Flames or highly flammable materials (including magnified light sources)

  • Batteries with open-top cells or wet cells (regular store bought batteries that have not been altered are okay)

  • Lasers or laser pointers

  • 3D printers (unless the power source is removed)

  • Drones (unless the power source is removed)

  • Any inadequately insulated apparatus capable of producing dangerous temperatures (for example: 3D printers)

  • Any apparatus with belts, pulleys, chains or moving parts with tension or pinch points that are not appropriately shielded

  • Any display items that are deemed distracting (for example: sounds, lights, odors, etc.)

No changes to the display may be made once the Display & Safety Inspection has been completed and the student's photo has been taken.

The CSEF Board of Directors, Scientific Review Committee and/or Display & Safety Committee reserve the right to remove any project for safety reasons or to protect the integrity of the CSEF and its rules and regulations.

The display of photographs, other than that of the student researcher(s) MUST have a photo release (this is difference than the Human Subjects Informed Consent Form) signed by the individual, and if under 18, also by the parent or guardian. Sample text: "I consent to the use of visual images (photos, videos, etc.) involving my participation/my child's participation in this research project."

ALL photographs, visual images, charts, tables, and/or graphs MUST follow these guidelines:

  • Is not offensive or inappropriate (which includes, but is not limited to images/photographs showing vertebrate animals or humans in surgical, necrotizing or dissection situations) as determined by the CSEF Display & Safety Committee, the CSEF Scientific Review Committee or CSEF Board of Directors. The decision regarding the display of any image made by any one of these groups is final.

  • Has a credit line of origin ("Photo taken by . . ." or "Image taken from . . . " or Graph/Chart/Table created by . . . ") for each and EVERY photo, image, graph, etc. If all images, etc. were taken or created by the student researcher(s) or are form the same source, one credit line prominently and vertically displayed on the display board is sufficient.

  • Images used as part of a printed background must also be credited.

  • Images from the Internet must have the SPECIFIC URL the image can be found (just citing Google Images is NOT good enough!).

The following items are not allowed as part of the display area of the project:

  • Any information on the project display or items that are acknowledgments, self-promotions or external endorsements.
    • The use of logos, including known commercial brands, institutional crests, trademarks or flags unless it is integral to the project
    • Personalized graphics/logos that are developed to indicate a commercial purpose or viability of an established or proposed business associated with the project (a student-created logo may be displayed ONLY once)
    • Any reference to an institution or mentor that supported the finalist's research except as provided on Form 1C
    • Any reference to patent status of the project
    • Any items intended for distribution (business cards, CDs, flash drives, brochures, booklets, endorsements, food items, etc.)

  • Previous awards or medals won by the student.

  • Acknowledgments (graphic or written) thanking people who helped with the project.

  • Personal contact information such as postal addresses, URLs, email addresses, social media accounts, QR codes, telephone, etc. of the student researcher(s).

  • Active Internet or email connections as part of displaying or operating the project at CSEF.

  • For continuation projects, the display board can ONLY include THIS YEAR's data tables, conclusions, analysis, etc. (exceptions: the project title may mention the year the project is in and graphs may include comparative data). All previous year's material may be present in notebooks at the project.

To view the complete Regeneron ISEF Display & Safety Rules (opens in new window), visit the SSP website.

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