1. All students are required to complete a research plan (see below) along with (ISEF Form 1, 1A and 1B) prior to beginning their project.
2. The research plan must be approved by the local fair Scientific Review Committee before beginning the project! (A local fair may choose to allow the teacher to pre-approve projects that do not involve any of the items listed in #5.
3. Students may work in teams (3 students is the maximum). If the project is done by a team then:
a. Each student needs to fill out and attach the information form with the required parent or guardian signature.
b. Attach one research plan for the project – describe what each student will do.
4. If you are working with ANY of the following items, you must have a "Qualified Scientist/Adult Sponsor" to supervise your work and be approved by a local SRC Committee BEFORE beginning the project! You must also attach additional ISEF forms as shown on p. 3 of this form.
a) Projects involving Humans (for example projects with surveys, tests, reaction times or exercise. This includes if the student studies his/ herself).
b) Micro-organisms – this includes any project with bacteria and fungi (See ISEF Rules on page 13 for complete list). Students can NOT grow bacteria at home. Teachers/Parents read additional rules for projects with micro-organisms. *** Because of the risks and safety rules associated with culturing bacteria, these projects are restricted to junior and senior divisions ONLY.
c) Vertebrate Animals – this includes pets, farm animals, fish, and wild animals. Special rules apply for work with eggs and embryos.
d) Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents - in addition to micro-organisms this would include any work with human or animal tissues, blood or body fluids, fresh or frozen and recombinant DNA technologies. As with bacteria, these projects are restricted to Junior and Senior Divisions only.
e) Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices or using Regulated Substances - examples: projectiles, rockets, gasoline, biofuels, alcohol. Check MSDS sheet for any chemical hazards.
f) Projects done in Regulated Research Settings: Projects done in professional research laboratories (university or industrial) – including where the parent is the scientist.Research Plan
The RESEARCH PLAN can be written either using the scientific method or engineering process. It should have the components described below typed or handwritten neatly on a separate sheet(s). It should be attached to the forms above and turned in for review and approval prior to experimentation.
All Students Must Complete the Research Plan and turn it in for review prior to beginning experiment!
1. Research Question or Problem: Why are you doing this study?
2. Hypothesis or Design Criteria.
3. Materials and Methods: Detailed description of the materials, methods and procedures to be used, what type of data you expect to collect, and how you will analyze your data. This must include chemical concentrations, drug doses, number of experiments to be run, etc. For engineering projects – prepare preliminary designs. Safety issues and chemical disposal must be addressed in this plan.
4. Bibliography/References including at least three major sources (i.e., peer reviewed journal articles, books) from your library search. If you plan to use animals, an additional reference regarding animal care must be included. (If using internet resources, suggest using .edu and .gov sites for accuracy.)
Additional Forms That May Be Required: Please use the ISEF Rules Wizard at: http://apps.societyforscience.org/isef/students/wizard/index.asp and the ISEF Rules at: http://www.societyforscience.org/Page.aspx?pid=321. To understand the additional forms and rules that apply to your project.
|Projects involving Humans (for example projects with surveys, tests, reaction times or exercise and including if the student studies his/ herself).||ISEF Form 4
Informed Consent form (required unless the IRB exempts the project)
|Micro-organisms – this includes any project with bacteria, fungi or protists. Students should NOT grow bacteria at home. Teachers/Parents read additional rules for projects with micro-organisms. Restricted to Junior and Senior levels only.||ISEF Form 2
ISEF Form 6A
|Vertebrate Animals – this includes pets, farm animals, fish, and wild animals. Special rules apply for work with eggs and embryos.||ISEF Form 5|
|Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (in addition to micro-organisms this would include any work with human or animal tissues, blood or body fluids, fresh or frozen and recombinant DNA technologies) Restricted to Junior and Senior levels only.||ISEF Form 6A and/or 6B as required|
|Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices or using Regulated Substances (examples: projectiles, rockets, gasoline, biofuels, alcohol…check MSDS sheet for any chemical)||ISEF Form 3|
|Research in a Regulated Research Setting: This includes any university or industrial lab.||ISEF Form 1C|