Forms required for EVERY project:

  • Official GSEF Abstract Form 
  • 1 Checklist for Adult Sponsor - The Adult Sponsor ensures that experimentation is within local, state, and Federal laws and Intel ISEF rules and that forms are completed by other adults (e.g. Qualified Scientist) as required. Must be signed and dated BEFORE experimentation begins.
  • 1A Student Checklist Research Plan/Project Summary - See link for Research Plan/Project Summary instructions. The Research Plan is your first step. If changes are made during your research, they can be added to the original Research Plan as an addendum, recognizing that some changes may require returning to the SRC/IRB for appropriate review and approvals. If no additional approvals are required, the addendum serves as a Project Summary to explain the research that was conduct-ed. If no changes are made from the original Research Plan, no Project Summary is required.
  • 1B Approval Form - One form per student. Signed and dated before experimentation begins and right after SRC has reviewed Forms 1, 1A, and any special forms. If project requires pre-approval, SRC signs either 2a or 2b before experimentation. Regional Fair SRC signs section 3 prior to that fair. Must be signed and dated BEFORE experimentation begins. Must be signed by SRC in (2a) BEFORE EXPERIMENTATION if research involves human participants, vertebrate animals, or PHBAs and was not conducted at a RRI. For projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals, or PHBAs conducted at a RRI and preapproved by the institution, SRC signs in (2b) after experimentation confirming institutional preapproval and compliance with ISEF rules, Regional Fair SRC signs in section (3) after experimentation and prior to competition.
  • Research Plan - All projects must have a Research Plan/Project Summary
    • Written prior to experimentation following the instructions:
      • RATIONALE: Include a brief synopsis of the background that supports your research problem and explain why this research is important and if applicable, explain any societal impact of your research.
      • RESEARCH QUESTION(S), HYPOTHESIS(ES), ENGINEERING GOAL(S), EXPECTED OUTCOMES: How is this based on the rationale described above?
      • Describe the following in detail:
        •   Procedures: Detail all procedures and experimental design including methods for data collection. Describe only your project.
                                  Do not include work done by mentor or others.
        •   Risk and Safety: Identify any potential risks and safety precautions needed.
        •   Data Analysis: Describe the procedures you will use to analyze the data/results.
      • BIBLIOGRAPHY: List major references (e.g. science journal articles, books, internet sites) from your literature review. If you plan to use vertebrate animals, one of these references must be an animal care reference.
    • If changes are made during the research, such changes can be added to the original research plan as an addendum, recognizing that some changes may require returning to the IRB or SRC for appropriate review and approvals. If no additional approvals are required, this addendum serves as a project summary to explain research that was conducted.
    • If no changes are made from the original research plan, no project summary is required.