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Registration Procedures for All Projects:

The WSSEF's affiliation with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) requires compliance with the ISEF rules. The ISEF rules include stringent procedures and certifications. The ISEF rules are available at   http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/. There are some special projects which require additional information and forms. Please see the Special Projects section below to determine if your project requires additional information and forms.

Each student should enter only one project, which covers research done over a maximum of 12 continuous months between January 2007 and May 2008.

At a minimum, all projects require four entry forms (click on the link for your category to find the forms you need).

All forms must be completed, dated, and signed by the adult sponsor, the student, and the parent/guardian prior to the start of research! Send in copies of the completed forms with the entry fee enclosed by the deadline listed on the main page.

Note: Retain the signed originals and bring them with you when you come to the WSSEF.

Entry Categories  NEW INFORMATION (as of 3/10/08)

Click on link below to obtain forms for the appropriate entry category!

Junior Division (Grades 1 6)
Individual Project (An individual Project is defined as a project in which one student works independently on one project. Any student in grades 1 6 or equivalent is eligible.)

Team Project  (A Team Project is defined as a project in which two or three students worked together on one project. NOTE: Teams may not have more than three members at a local fair and then eliminate members to qualify for the WSSEF. Team membership cannot be changed during a given research year including converting from an individual project or vice versa, but may be altered in subsequent years. Any students in grades 1 6 or equivalent are eligible.)

Junior Division (Grades 7 8)
Individual Project (An individual Project is defined as a project in which one student works independently on one project. Any student in grades 7 8 or equivalent is eligible.)

Team Project (A Team Project is defined as a project in which two or three students worked together on one project. NOTE: Teams may not have more than three members at a local fair and then eliminate members to qualify for the WSSEF. Team membership cannot be changed during a given research year including converting from an individual project or vice versa, but may be altered in subsequent years. Any students in grades 7 8 or equivalent are eligible.)

Senior Division (Grades 9 12)
Individual Projects (An individual Project is defined as a project in which one student works independently on one project. Any student in grades 9-12 or equivalent is eligible, none of whom has reached age 21 on or before May 1 preceding the Intel ISEF.)

Team Projects (A Team Project is defined as a project in which two or three students worked together on one project. NOTE: Teams may not have more than three members at a local fair and then eliminate members to qualify for the WSSEF. Team membership cannot be changed during a given research year including converting from an individual project or vice versa, but may be altered in subsequent years. Any student in grades 9-12 or equivalent is eligible, none of whom has reached age 21 on or before May 1 preceding the Intel ISEF.)


Rules

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Judging Guidelines

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Awards

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Special Projects

The Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) is very concerned that students perform their experiments in a safe manner by adhering to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) guidelines and any State or Local Regulations. Therefore, all projects require pre-approval prior to the start of an experiment by an Adult Sponsor.

The Adult Sponsor can be the Science Teacher or a Parent/Legal Guardian. The Adult Sponsor must remain in close contact with the student during the project and is ultimately responsible for the health and safety of the student.

Any proposed research in the following areas must be reviewed and approved by the WSSEF Scientific Review Committee (SRC) before experimenting: projects involving vertebrates, pathogenic and potentially pathogenic agents, controlled substances and recomninant DNA (rDNA)(human studies reviewed and approved by a properly constituted Institutional Review Board do not have to be reviewed by the SRC until the Fair competition). All bacteria, fungi, etc. isolated from the environment should be considered potentially pathogenic.

If work was conducted in an institutional or industrial setting any time during the current ISEF project year, the Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C) must be completed.

To assist local fairs, the WSSEF Scientific Review Committee will be glad to review and approve any projects needing pre-approval. It is not necessary to already be registered to obtain the proper approvals from the WSSEF SRC. Please send an email to Scientific Review Committee for assistance.

More detailed information can be found on the ISEF web site at http://www.sciserv.org/isef/students/wizard/index.asp.

Warning!

The kind of special projects described above require that the student review the ISEF rules from the ISEF Document Library to determine the special certifications and actions required. Many of these certifications require completion, submission, and approval by either a properly constituted local Science Review Committee (SRC), or by the WSSEF SRC prior to the start of research! Copies of any required forms may also be obtained from the ISEF Document Library.
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