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Before starting a project there are few things you should know or do first.




Read and understand the 2018 - 2019 GSDSEF RULES AND REGULATIONS booklet and the Roles and Responsibilities of Students and Adults (in process of being updated for 2018-2019). Also make sure you follow all deadlines.




Decide on a Science, Engineering, Computer Science, or Math project. Look at the guidelines to help you decide and check out the Category Descriptions to determine what type of project you would like to do.


The Project Proposal Form is required!   Complete the Project Proposal Form and turn in to your teacher/advisor. Download the fillable pdf file below.



Depending on your project you may need to complete certain forms, get the appropriate signatures, and give to your advisor. Click on the SRC Approval Flowchart to determine which certification forms, if any, need to be completed BEFORE you begin your project. Then download any of the fillable pdf 2019 forms and complete them. You will need to give a copy to your advisor and keep a copy for yourself.



For those working in a regulated research institution, industrial setting, or any work site other than home, school, or field:


For those working on a continuation/progression in the same field of study as a previous project.


For Human Subjects projects, an informed consent/assent/permission form can be developed in consultation with the Teacher/Advisor, Designated Supervisor, or Qualified Scientist. This form is used to provide information to the research participant (and parent/guardian if participant is under 18) and to document an informed consent (and parent permission as necessary). Below are two examples of a Human Informed Consent Form that can be used or modified, as needed:


If you have questions whether your proposed project is acceptable or to clarify any safety concerns, please contact the Scientific Review Committee by clicking on the CONTACT US and RE: Scientific Review Committee in subject line.



Begin and work on your project.


To help you produce a high quality and successful project, check out the Resources webpage or sign up for a  Workshop.

Use the following resource developed by Wendy Gay as you work through your project.




After you have participated in your school or district’s science fair and have been encouraged to apply to the GSDSEF, your project will need to go through the Screening Process. Please go to Screening Information for more about the screening process and guidelines.

You will need to submit your project for screening on-line.  For your school deadlines, please see Screening Deadlines. To find out about the screening process, guidelines, and requirements, please go to Screening Information.



If your project has been "Accepted" or "Recommended" to participate in the GSDSEF, you will receive a Congratulations letter with the link to submit the 2019 GSDSEF Application and information on fee payment procedures. Note: If you are a team project, each member submits his/her own application and fee payment.

If you received an "Accepted with Modifications," you must resubmit your project with improvements based on the screener's comments in order to be go through the Application process.

*** Screeners often include helpful advice for students to improve their projects. Before the GSDSEF, you still have time to improve your project before judging by considering their comments even if you have been accepted to participate.


NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to check his/her own project status by logging in his/her account to view status of his/her project, complete the online application, and submit payment before the application deadline.