The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (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 & 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.
As a service to students and teachers and parents involved in science fair research around Colorado, 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.
Requirements for ALL Research Projects
Additional Requirements for Human Subjects Research Projects
Additional Requirements for Vertebrate Animal Research Projects
Additional Requirements for Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Research Projects
Additional Requirements for Projects Using Hazardous Chemicals, Devices & Activities
Additional Requirements for Continuation Projects
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' project 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.
The Display & Safety Guidelines are put in place to ensure the safety of the viewing public that may visit a science fair.
The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair Presentation is a Powerpoint document that may be used with students or adult sponsors in reviewing the ISEF rules.
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 need to complete.
SRC Rules FAQs - Common questions about the rules and guidelines from the Intel ISEF SRC.
Complete Intel ISEF 2015 Rules and Guidelines Booklet - Download the entire Rules and Guidelines Booklet (138 KB).
Common Scientific Review Committee (SRC) Problems - Summarizes SRC reviews leading up to the Intel ISEF, with pointers about what NOT to do.