Science and Engineering Fair
Regulations, Forms and Judging
The Rules and Regulations Handbook is available here.
A 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
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
and Copyright Information
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
information 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, 4th Floor).
from Basic Facts About Patents
(Note: An examination copy of this booklet is
available at the Harold Washington Library.)
is a patent?
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 patents:
• 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 improvement thereof.
• 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
to the following questions can be answered by reading Basic Facts
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?
Sources of Information
Code of Federal Regulation (CFR), Title 45 (Public
Welfare), Part 46- Protection of Human Subjects
Penslar, R.L., Institutional Review Board (IRB) Guidebook. (1993).
for Human Research Protections
Department of Health and Human Services
The Tower Building
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 496-7005
Animal 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 (Agri-Guide)
Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS)
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
Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
Published by National Institutes of Health http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechnology-activities/biosafety/nih-guidelines
Microorganisms for Education
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