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Registration deadline is extended to March 22, 2014.
All forms must be postmarked by this date.


Registration Procedures for projects in Grades 6-12


Step 2: Does your project involve any of the following areas?

  • Human Subjects (including surveys)

  • Human or Animal Tissues

  • Vertebrate Animals

  • Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents

  • Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices

    If YES: Please read the information on “Special Projects” for further instructions. Contact the Scientific Review Chairman (SRC) for help on the extra forms needed. Be sure to send any necessary forms needed for “Special Projects” with your paperwork. Continue to Step 3.

    If NO: continue to Step 3.

Step 3: For Grades 9-12 only: 

Starting in 2011, Individual and Team Projects will both be eligible to earn the WSSEF Grand Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze awards). The top projects (either individual or team) will be selected during the first round of judging. The candidates identified for further consideration during the first round of judging will be interviewed and ranked by the Grand Awards Judging Team to determine the Grand Award winners. The top 3 projects identified by the Grand Awards Judges will win the WSSEF Grand Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze).

WSSEF will be selecting two individual projects to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). In addition, WSSEF may elect to send one team project, another individual project or a student observer. All students selected for ISEF will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. Students selected will need to meet after the awards ceremony for further instructions; inability to do so may prevent your attendance at ISEF. Students will be required to complete the ISEF registration process by Tuesday following the fair. Please click on the link below for further information.

Students selected to attend the ISEF information

Step 4: Is this project an Individual or Team Project?

Individual Project: A project in which one student works independently on one project.  An individual project can not start out as a team project and be converted to an individual project by eliminating team members. For projects that continue beyond one research year*, an individual project can be converted to a team project at the beginning of the next research year * and vice versa.

Click here if you are an Individual Project. 

Team Project: A project in which two or three students worked together on one project.  Teams may not have started with more than three members and then be reduced to three members to qualify for WSSEF. Team membership cannot be changed during a given research year including converting from an individual project to a team project, or vice-versa. For projects that continue beyond one research year*, team members can change at the beginning of the next research year* including converting the project to an individual project and vice versa.

 Click here if you are a Team Project.  

*Research Year for the 2014 WSSEF is January 2013 to April 2014.


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