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Rules and Guidelines

ISEF Rules Wizard

The Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair will adhere to the Rules and Guidelines that apply to the
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for 2016

Phoenix, Arizona May 8 - 13, 2016

The International Rules for Pre-college Science Research: Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fairs is published annually to support students doing independent research safely. They are the official rules of the Intel ISEF and students competing at an SSP-affiliated science fair.  

The purpose of these rules is to:

    • protect the rights and welfare of the student researcher
    • protect the rights and welfare of the human participant
    • ensure adherence to federal regulations
    • ensure use of safe laboratory practices
    • protect the environment
    • determine eligibility for competition in the Intel ISEF 2016

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    INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR
    2016 RULES AND GUIDELINES

    Rules for all Projects

    Ethics Statements
    Eligibility/Limitations
    Requirements
         General
         Approval and Documentation
         Continuation of Projects
         Team Projects
    Sources

    Roles and Responsibilities of Students and Adults

    The Student Researcher
    The Adult Sponsor
    The Qualified Scientist
    The Designated Supervisor

    Review Committees
         The Institutional Review Board (IRB)
         The Affiliated Fair Scientific Review Committee (SRC)

         Combined SRC/IRB Committee
         Regulated Research Institutions/Industrial Settings Review Committee
         The ISEF Scientific Review Committee (Intel ISEF SRC)

    Human Participants

    General
    Exempt Studies
    Rules
    Human Participant Risk Assessment

    Sources of Information

    Vertebrate Animals

    General
    Rules for All Vertebrate Studies
    Additional Rules for Projects Conducted at School/Home/Field
    Additional Rules for Projects Conducted in a Regulated Research Institution

    Sources of Information

    Potentially Hazardous Biological Hazards

    General
    Rules for all Projects Involving Studies Involving Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents
    Additional Rules for Projects
         Involving Unknown Microorganisms
         Involving Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Technologies
         with Tissues and Body Fluids, Including Blood and Blood Projects
    Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment

    Classification of Biological Agents
    Levels of Biological Containment

    Sources

     Hazardous Chemicals, Activities, or Devices

    General
    Rules for ALL Projects Involving Hazardous Chemicals, Activities, or Devices
    Additional Rules for Specified Regulated Substances
         DEA-Controlled Substances
         Prescription Drugs
         Alcohol and Tobacco
         Firearms and Explosives
    Guidelines for Risk Assessment
         Hazardous Chemicals
         Environmentally Responsible Chemistry
         Hazardous Devices
         Radiation
    Sources