BEFORE starting a project there are few things you should know or do first.
(Note: The GSDSEF and ISEF Rules and Regulations and all Forms for 2019-2020 are in the process of being updated. They will be available by the end of July, 2019. Use only forms labeled with 2020.
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 before experimentation begins! 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. 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. Any necessary forms will need to be completed and signed BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR PROJECT.
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 (SRC) by clicking on the CONTACT US and RE: Scientific Review Committee in subject line.
Begin and work on your project. Again, make sure you have all approvals and necessary forms signed before you begin your project!
Use the following resource developed by Wendy Gay as you work through your project.
New students to the GSDSEF - in order to submit a project for screening, you will need to register for an account. An individual email account is required that is able to receive email notifications from the GSDSEF. Please check with your teacher/advisor if you are using an internal school email account. Please do not use the same email address for multiple students.
Students with an existing account do not need to create a new account. Please create only one account per student.
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.
Make sure you have clicked on SUBMIT at the bottom of your account page to send your project in for screening. Projects that remain in DRAFT form have not been properly submitted and can not be reviewed for screening.
Complete application process and pay fees, if accepted to apply to the GSDSEF.
To check to see if your project has been accepted into the GSDSEF, students must log in in to their GSDSEF account and view Project Status.
If your project has been "Accepted" or "Recommended" to participate in the GSDSEF, you will see a link/button to continue with the application process. Fee Payment must be submitted and received by the Application deadline in order to complete the entire Application process. Otherwise the application is considered an incomplete submission and is not received by the GSDSEF.
Note: If you are a team project, each member submits his/her own separate 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 Science Fair Week, 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.
Please make sure ALL steps of the application process has been completed and the fee payment has been submitted. Applications with no fee payment are incomplete are not received by the GSDSEF.