rules are intended to help insure the safety of the student
researchers and the human or animal subjects involved in the
is affiliated with the Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair (ISEF) and follow their rules. Student
Researchers must also follow all state and local regulations. In
some instances, WSSEF rules may be more restrictive than Intel
ISEF rules. WSSEF’s Scientific Review Committee will have the
final authority on the display and safety issues with projects.
Click here for the entire ISEF
for information on the Display Requirements.
There are some “special” projects which require additional
information and forms.
Click here for the Special
Projects section below to determine if your project requires
additional information and forms.
WSSEF Rules Summary
Each student should enter only one project, which covers
research done over a maximum of 12 continuous months between
2012 and April
project shall be the individual work of the entrant(s).
Parents, teachers, and advisors may assist in a supervisory
All projects require pre-approval prior to the start of an
experiment by an
Sponsor. The Adult Sponsor may be a teacher, parent, university
professor, or scientist in whose lab the student is working.
The Adult Sponsor is responsible for working with the student to
evaluate any possible risks involved in order to ensure the
health and safety of the student conducting the research and the
humans or animals involved in the study.
should include a journal (i.e., a research paper) illustrating
the results of library research, hypothesis(es) and rationale,
procedures used, data collection, analysis and conclusions.
containing 250 words, or less, is required for students in
grades 7 – 12 only.
It should be kept with the journal, and should explain the
research's purpose, procedures, data, and conclusions. It also
may include any possible research applications. The abstract
must describe the research conducted by the student and not by
the adult supervisors.
Students in Grades 1 – 6, an abstract is not required. Instead,
Students in grades 1 – 6 will attach a summary of their projects
to the Adult Checklist for Grades 1 – 6 Form (W3).
exhibit board is recommended for interested spectators and
judges to assess the study and the results obtained.
must be present to be judged (i.e., to be interviewed by the
Without a WSSEF judge's interview it will be difficult to place,
but the display and journal will be judged for their own merit
and corresponding recognition may be given.
ALL projects must be reviewed and approved by the SRC after
experimentation and shortly before competition in an ISEF
affiliated Fair competition. (Projects requiring preapproval
which were conducted at a regulated research institution (not
home or high school, etc.) and which were reviewed and approved
by the proper institutional board before experimentation must
also be reviewed by the Fair SRC for rules compliance.)
board reserves the right to refuse any project it considers
Actions unbecoming, gentleman or a lady, destruction of
another's property, knowingly falsifying a project may result in
the WSSEF board, its individual members, nor hosting entity, is
responsible for any loss, damage, or injury associated with the
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