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Information for WSSEF Students selected to attend
the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).


WSSEF finalists must be prepared to complete the online registration and send paperwork back to the Fair Director in a prepaid envelope by Tuesday following the fair.

Selection Criteria
ISEF has changed their method for determining how many projects/students an affiliated fair may send to the ISEF competition. WSSEF has been allocated 3 spots for competing projects and 2 spots for student observers at the 2011 ISEF. Because of this change, WSSEF is changing its method of determining the WSSEF Grand Award winners.

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 send no fewer than two projects and no more than five students to the ISEF competition. If funding is available to support this level of sponsorship either 3 individual projects or a combination of 2 individual and 1 team project will be selected based on the Grand Award Judge’s ranking. If more than one team wins one of the Grand Awards, only the top ranked team will be sent. If one of the Grand Award winners has already been registered to compete at ISEF by one of the regional fairs, an alternate will be selected from the list of finalists judged by the Grand Awards Judges. 

ISEF Registration
During the informational meeting following the Awards Ceremony, each student Finalist to the ISEF will be provided a student packet. The packet contains important information on registering for the ISEF, the schedule of events, and tour information.

Each Finalist will be required to complete their portion of the registration process online. The Fair Director will give details during the meeting.

Travel Arrangements
All travel arrangements will be made through the WSSEF's official Chaperone or Adult-In-Charge. The Chaperone will make all air and hotel reservations. In addition, the Chaperone will be in charge of meals and miscellaneous expenses.

Project Display Boards and Shipping
Through a generous donation, the WSSEF has obtained professional project display boards for Finalists to use at the ISEF. You will find other ISEF Finalists using similar boards.

The project display boards will come with a sturdy shiping case and display items can be easily mounted using Velcro® Tape.

Finalists will pick-up the display boards during the informational meeting so there will be ample time to get ready for the ISEF. Finalists are required to take their display boards with them on the plane to and from the ISEF as checked luggage. The WSSEF official chaperone will reimburse any extra airline fees assocated with the display board.

After returning home, the Finalists will remove their display materials and ship the display boards back to the WSSEF via UPS Ground (or FedEX Ground). Finalist will be reimbursed for shiping charges. All shipping receipts must be submitted to the the WSSEF's treasurer by June 1 for reimbursement.

Finalists will be responsible for the replacement or repair of Display Boards which are damaged due to negligence on the part of the Finalist.

Accompanying Adults
The WSSEF has two slots available for parents or teachers to attend the ISEF as Accompanying Adults. Additional slots may be requested through the ISEF.

  • All travel arrangements (including lodging and food) are the responsibility of the Accompanying Adults. In addition, the Accompanying Adults are responsible for their ISEF Registration Fees.
  • The WSSEF Fair Director must be contacted by the Monday following the WSSEF if a Finalist wants to use the Accompanying Adults slots.. This information is necessary when completing the ISEF Online Registration.
  • The Accompanying Adult ISEF Registration Fees are as follows:
    • $100.00 per Accompanying Adult (each Finalist will have one slot if desired. If a Finalist does not use a slot then the other Finalist may use the slot).
    • $150.00 per Accompanying Adult (providing the ISEF approves the extra slots).
  • If the fees are increased, the Accompanying Adults will be responsible for the increase in fees.
  • Registration Fees for Accompanying Adults must be included when the Finalists send in their forms (by the Thursday following the WSSEF). All checks for registration fees must be made out to the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair or WSSEF.

Time Lines
The WSSEF is held during the last possible weekend allowed by the ISEF and therefore, completing the ISEF forms quickly is essential so WSSEF Finalists will be properly registered. If ISEF registration deadlines are not met, WSSEF Finalists will be disqualified from attending the ISEF.

WSSEF finalists must be prepared to complete the online registration and submit paperwork within two days of the Fair.

The Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

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