Information for WSSEF Students selected to
the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
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.
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
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.
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
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
Finalists will be responsible for
the replacement or repair of Display Boards which are damaged
due to negligence on the part of the Finalist.
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
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
$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).
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.
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.