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The Blue Ridge Highlands
Regional Science Fair was held March 6 - 7, 2015.
The Intel ISEF forms constitute written documentation of what will
occur, or in some cases, has already occurred, in a research
project. They are designed to provide the information that is needed
to review the project to ensure compliance with the Intel ISEF rules
and with laws and regulations that apply to the project. The forms
should be filled out and signed before any research takes place.
(Only Forms 1C, 7, and the abstract are done after the research.)
The dates of the signatures reflect when the approval or consent is
This form is for the Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair.
ABSTRACT MUST BE IN ABSTRACT BOX
The abstract is a summary of the study and is written after
experimentation. ISEF finalists must use the on-line system.
Form 1: Checklist for Adult Sponsor
/Safety Assessment Form
The checklist is provided so that the adult sponsor can review what
information (and therefore which forms) must be provided. The date
signed is the date that the sponsor first reviews the project plan
before the experiment begins.
Form 1A: Student Checklist
and Research Plan
On this page, the student outlines what the project is about. Items
that especially need to be clear are the following:
#5 Any project conducted in a similar area of research as previous
projects should be considered a continuation. If the project is a
continuation, explain on Form 7 as completely as possible how the
project will differ from previous experimentation because ONLY a new
and different research project is allowed. The current year project
must demonstrate significant progress.
#6 Explain when the actual experimental procedure (not the
background literature review) will begin and end because ONLY a
12-month project that occurred within the last 18 months before this
Intel ISEF is allowed.
#7 Explain where the experimental research will be done: research
institution, school, field, home. Universities, research facilities,
and industrial settings will require additional documentation on
Form 1C to explain what was done at each facility. (Note: Pathogens
may NOT be cultured at home.)
#9 Attach a research plan, as outlined on the next form, which
describes the project in detail and answers all applicable
Form 1B: Approval Form
These statements attest that each of these people (or committees)
approves or consents to this project. The dates should be signed as
described below and are before experimentation unless otherwise
a) Student Date they attest that they understand the possible risks,
that they will read and follow the rules, and that they will abide
by the ethics statement.
b) Parent/Guardian Date they consent to their child doing this
c) SRC Approval BEFORE Date that the committee reviews this project
BEFORE the experimentation. Projects that must be preapproved are
research in these areas: human subjects, vertebrate animals, and
PHBA's (potentially hazardous pathogenic agents) including
microorganisms, recombinant DNA, and human or animal tissue.
d) SRC Approval AFTER This applies only to projects that needed
preapproval by the SRC but were done at a research institution and
were preapproved by that institution instead of the affiliated fair
SRC. The date signed indicates when the SRC approved this project
after it was completed. All documentation from the research
institution showing approval of the project must be attached.
e) Final SRC Approval All projects must be reviewed by the SRC after
the experimentation is complete and shortly BEFORE competition in
the affiliated fair. The date signed shows the date that SRC gives
final approval to this project.
Form 1C: Regulated Research Institution
/ Indiustrial Setting Form
This form is completed by the supervising adult, explains what the
student researcher actually did and is signed after the project is
completed. This form is only needed if the research was done at a
research institution (university lab, for example) or in an
industrial setting, but is not completed for work done at a high
Form 2: Qualified Scientist Form
On this page, the scientist explains what will be done to oversee
this project. The qualified scientist (QS) and, if needed, the
designated supervisor (DS), will sign with the date that they
approve this project (before experimentation takes place).
Form 3: Risk Assessment Form
Required for projects using hazardous chemicals, activities or
devices and must be completed and signed by the DS or QS prior to
Form 4: Human Subject and
This page, along with the research plan, is submitted by the student
researcher to explain to the IRB to explain how the safety and well
being of the test subjects and the confidentiality of results will
be ensured. The IRB reviews the project, checks the risk level and
determines if written documentation of consent/permission is
required. Each IRB member signs with the date they approve this
project. This review and the date signed must be BEFORE any
experimentation takes place.
When required by the IRB, a written informed consent/parental
permission form is used to explain very completely to the research
subject and their parent/guardian exactly what will happen to the
subject in the project. (See Sample Informed Consent Form.)
Questionnaires, sample tests, etc. MUST be given to the IRB and to
the parent/guardian. If the subject wishes to participate and when
required, the parent/guardian also agrees, they each sign with the
date that they approve. (Before the experiment begins).
Form 5: Vertebrate Animal
Form (5A and 5B)
Form 5A -This form is filled out by the student researcher when the
experiment is conducted in a Non-Regulated Research Site such as
home or school and describes the housing and care for the animals.
The SRC reviews this document and determines the level of
supervision required for the study and signs and dates BEFORE
experimentation begins. The bottom of the form is filled out by the
veterinarian and/or designated supervisor and is signed and dated
when they approve this project with these housing conditions.
(Before experimentation begins.)
Form 5B - This form is filled out by the student researcher when the
research is conducted at a Regulated Research Institution and
describes the study. The Qualified Scientist and the IACUC
Chair/Coordinator will sign and date to document the student
researcher training and other information regarding the study. A
copy of the IACUC approval (not a letter from the Qualified
Scientist or Principal Investigator) must be attached.
Form 6A: Potentially
Hazardous Biological Forms
This form is filled out by the student researcher and is required
for all research involving microorganisms, rDNA and fresh/frozen
tissue, blood and body fluids. SRC/IACUC/IBC/RAC approval required
before experimentation. The qualified scientist will sign and date.
The SRC will choose one or more statements that describe the
approval process for the study and will add the date that approval
Form 6B: Human and
Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form
This form is filled out by the student researcher and explains the
source of the tissue. The Qualified Scientist or Designated
Supervisor signs and dates to document the source and handling of
this tissue (before experimentation).
Form 7: Continuation
If the current project is in a similar area of research as any
previous project of the student or any team member, it is considered
a continuation. Explain as completely as possible how the project is
different from previous experimentation because ONLY a new and
different research project is allowed. The date signed is the date
the student researcher is certifying that this information is
*********************************************************************************************************** FAILURE TO INCLUDE ALL FORMS MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR.
projects must be submitted for approval prior to exhibition at the
fair, with a registration form and abstract, no later than February
fair committee will be combining categories, within a division, once
projects are submitted.
All forms and registration fees must be mailed to:
Chair of the Scientific Review Committee
Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair
Box 6949, Chemistry Department
Radford, Virginia 24142
If you have questions about student projects, please contact
Chris Bibeau at