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
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
for ALL Research Projects
Requirements for Human Subjects Research Projects
Requirements for Vertebrate Animal Research Projects
Requirements for Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Research
Requirements for Projects Using Hazardous Chemicals, Devices &
Requirements for Continuation Projects
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.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) exists at the
local level to evaluate those projects that involve human subjects prior
to the student's experimentation.
Display & Safety Guidelines are
put in place to ensure the safety of the viewing public that may visit
a science fair.
Colorado Science and Engineering Fair Presentation is a Powerpoint
document that may be used with students or adult sponsors in reviewing
the ISEF rules.
can also find the following help at the Society for Science & the
Public web site.
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.
101 Powerpoint - The ISEF SRC has made available an SRC 101 Powerpoint
that can be a tool in giving workshops on the Rules and Guidelines.
Intel ISEF 2013 Rules and Guidelines Booklet - Download the entire
Rules and Guidelines Booklet (138 KB).
Scientific Review Committee (SRC) Problems - Summarizes SRC reviews
leading up to the Intel ISEF, with pointers about what NOT to do.
Rules & Guidelines FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions answered
by the Intel ISEF Scientific Review Committee.