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 High School Research Projects
Additional Requirements for High School Human Subjects Research Projects
Additional Requirements for High School Vertebrate Animal Research Projects
Additional Requirements for High School Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Research Projects
Additional Requirements for High School Projects Using Hazardous Chemicals, Devices & Activities
Additional Requirements for High School Continuation Projects
***NEW!!*** 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 guidleines (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 middle school forms or you will be asked to redo them. Below are the different sections of the rules for easy access.
Eligibility for Middle School Competition Requirements
Middle School Project Supervision
Middle School Project Review
Requirements for ALL Middle School Research Projects
Middle School Research Institution/Industrial Setting Form 1C
Middle School Qualified Scientist/Mentor Form 2
Middle School Continuation/Progression of Projects Form 7
Middle School Human Participant Project Guidelines
Middle School Vertebrate Animal Project Guidelines
Middle School Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Guidelines
Middle School Tissue, Body Fluid & Blood Guidelines
Middle School Chemicals, Activities & Devices Guidelines
Thank you to the folks at the Denver Metro Regional Science Fair for creating the following help videos on how to complete each of the Intel ISEF forms:
Form 1 - Adult Sponsor Checklist Help Video
Form 1A - Student Checklist Help Video
Form 1B - Approval Help Video
Form 1C - Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Help Video
Form 2 - Qualified Scientist Help Video
Form 3 - Risk Assessment Help Video
Form 4 - Human Subjects Help Video
Informed Consent Form Help Video
Forms 5A & 5B - Vertebrate Animals Help Video
Form 6A - Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment Help Video
Form 6B - Human & Vertebrate Animal Tissue Help Video
Form 7 - Continuation Help Video
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 2017 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.