and Engineering Fair
Forms and Judging Criteria
The Rules and Regulations Handbook is available
list of the required forms can be found here.
The Criteria for ISEF judging is available here.
Selection of Students
Four students whose exhibits are judged to
be Outstanding will be selected to attend the
International Science and Engineering Fair, held
May 13-18, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Expenses for the international fair will
be paid by The Chicago Public Schools Student
Science Fair, Inc. Rules and accompanying
forms are available electronically for student
use at the Societyforscience.org
Students will be judged only on the most recent
year’s research. This project year includes
research conducted over a maximum of 12
continuous months from June 2017 to May 2018.
Any project in the same field of study from a
previous year’s project is considered a
continuation. These projects must document that
the additional research is new and different
from prior work (e.g., testing a new variable or
new line of investigation, etc.). Repetition of
previous experimentation or increasing sample
size are examples of unacceptable continuation.
For competition in the ISEF, documentation must
include the Continuation Project Form (7), the
prior year’s Abstract and Research Plan (1A).
Copies must be attached behind the current
year’s Research Plan (1A), Research Plan
Attachment, and necessary forms.
You may want to consider applying for a
patent or copyright if you want to protect your
work. You can contact the Office of Public
Affairs, U.S. Patent Office, at (800) 786-9199
for patent information, or the Library of
Congress at (202) 707-3000 for copyright
can be obtained from the following two libraries
that serve as patent depositories in Illinois:
The Illinois State Library in Springfield; and
the Harold Washington Library of the Chicago
Public Library system (Science and Technology,
Basic Facts About Patents
(Note: An examination copy of this
booklet is available at the Harold Washington
A patent is granted by the
federal government to an inventor “to exclude
others from making, using, offering for sale, or
selling the invention throughout the United
States or importing the invention into the
United States.” There are three types of
• Utility patents may be granted to
anyone who invents or discovers any new and
useful process, machine, article of manufacture,
composition of matter, or any new useful
• Design patents may be granted to
anyone who invents a new, original, and/or
ornamental design for an article of manufacture.
• Plant patents may be granted to anyone
who invents or discovers and asexually
reproduces any distinct and new variety of
the following questions can be answered by
reading Basic Facts About Patents.
How long does patent protection last?
Who owns the patent rights?
How do I get a patent?
Do I need to hire a lawyer?
What about patent promotion organizations?
How do I get help marketing my invention?
Is my patent good in foreign countries?
Do I need to do a patent search before I apply?
Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), Title 45
(Public Welfare), Part 46- Protection of Human
Penslar, R.L., Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Guidebook. (1993). Washington, DC:
Human Research Protections
Department of Health and Human Services
The Tower Building
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 496-7005
Welfare Act (AWA)
Subchapter A – Animal Welfare (Parts I, II, III)
Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural
Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching
Federation of Animal Science Societies
1111 N. Dunlap Avenue
Savoy, IL 61874
Phone (217) 356-3182
2000 Report of the AVMA Panel of Euthanasia.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical
Association (JAVMA), Vol. 218,
No.52:669-696, March 2001.
John Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal
Testing (CAAT) has worked with scientists since
1981 to find new methods to replace the
use of laboratory animals in experiments, reduce
the number of animals tested, and refine
necessary tests to eliminate pain and distress.
Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical
Laboratories (BMBL) – 4th Edition
Published by CDC-NIH
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To order, contact:
Office of Health and Safety
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, NE mailstop F05
Atlanta, GA 30333
Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories, 1995.
Washington, DC: American Chemical Society
American Chemical Society
Publications Support Services
1155 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 872-4554 or (800) 227-5558
Superintendent of Documents
U.S. Government Printing Office
Washington, DC 20402
Phone: (202) 512-1800
for Research Involving Recombinant DNA
Published by National Institutes of Health http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosafety/nih-guidelines
Microorganisms for Education Safety
Sources for Animal Tissue Cultures
Carolina Biological Supply Company
Main office and Laboratories
2700 York Road
Burlington, NC 27215-3398
Phone: (336) 584-0381 or (800) 335-5551
American Type Culture Collection
1081 University Boulevard
Manassas, VA 20110-2209
Phone: (703) 365-2700 or (800) 638-6597