Colorado Science & Engineering Fair

April 11 - 13, 2019 at Colorado State University - Fort Collins
2019 CSEF Tentative Schedule

The CSEF has created a Middle School Rules & Guidelines book for teachers and students in grades 6 - 8. These forms are OPTIONAL, but if you choose to use them, you MUST follow all of the middle school guidelines (main difference is a Risk Assessment Form 3 is required for all middle school projects) and use all of the middle school forms. DO NOT mix and match Intel ISEF forms with the CSEF middle school forms or you will be asked to redo them. Below are the different sections of the rules for easy access.

The Colorado Science & Engineering Fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). For this reason, we must adhere to the international rules and guidelines set forth by the Society for Science & the Public's Scientific Review Committee. These rules outline the forms and supervision that are needed for all projects as well as those that involve human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents and hazardous chemicals, devices and activities.

Please remember that these rules are in place to ensure the safety of the student researcher as well as the subject (human or animal) that they may be working with in their study. They are NOT trivial and are based on what working scientists must adhere to as well as federal laws and regulations.

The Scientific Review Committee (SRC) exists at the local level to evaluate those projects that involve vertebrate animals and potentially hazardous biological agents prior to the student's experimentation. At the regional and state level, this group reviews all students' projects paperwork to determine if it is eligible to compete, based on the rules set forth by the Intel ISEF.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) exists at the local level to evaluate those projects that involve human subjects prior to the student's experimentation prior to the student's experimentation.

Learn More about the SRC & IRB and some frequently asked questions regarding the review process.

You can also find the following help at the Society for Science & the Public web site.

  • Intel ISEF Rules Wizard - This "wizard" asks a series of questions about your planned project and will provide a list of forms that you will need to complete based on your answers.

  • SRC Rules FAQs - These are commonly asked questions that the Intel ISEF SRC gets about the rules and guidelines. Check here first to see if the answer to your question is there.

  • Complete Intel ISEF 2019 Rules and Guidelines Booklet - Download the entire Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines booklet (377 KB)

  • Common SRC Problems - This page summarizes the top paperwork problems at the Intel ISEF and regional science fairs.

As a service to students and teachers and parents involved in science fair research around Colorado, the CSEF has created the following informational pages to help guide you through the process. Each page includes a flow chart of forms that are required along with tips on how to complete them successfully.


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