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Safety Guidelines for Experimentation, continued

Safety is the watchword when exhibiting at all STEM Exhibitions. Without exception, the highest standards of safety are required. The following are safety measures of particular concern.

  • Once approval is received, the following guidelines must be observed:
  • Microorganisms should be supplied by a reputable, certified biological supplier.
  • Microorganisms must be maintained at a location approved by the
    Scientific Review Committee.
  • All cultures should be destroyed by methods such as autoclaving or with a suitable bleach solution before disposal. The location will
    depend on the nature of the research.
NOTE: For projects conducted in a university, hospital or research laboratory under the supervision of a Doctor, Professor or Scientist, endorsement(s) and supporting documents are DUE NOVEMBER 11, 2020With the exception of the 'Use of Firearms' endorsement which is due October 31, 2020, all other endorsements must be submitted in duplicate by November 22, 2020.
However, students who received an endorsement last year and are reusing their project may email a copy of their 2019/2020 endorsement and get it updated. They MAY NOT complete any new experimentation at HOME.  A NEW endorsement would only be for students who are able to complete their experimentation in a Bio-Safey Level 1 lab.

Cultures of known bacteria, while they may be considered as non-pathogenic, must be treated in such a way that no bacterial contamination of the environment around the project display area can occur; therefore, cultures of molds, bacteria, and fungi must not be displayed. Photographs of cultures are preferred. Hypodermic syringes, needles, and surgical tools may not be part of the display.

Wild cultures of bacteria and fungi, though they may be used if incubated at or below room temperature, may not be displayed at a STEM Exhibition.

All research involving Recombinant DNA techniques must meet requirements of the National Institute of Health Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules. Such studies must only be conducted in a registered research laboratory under the guidance of a biomedical scientist approved to conduct such studies by an appropriately constituted and registered biosafety committee and be approved by the Scientific Review Committee of STEM Exhibition, Inc.

A Request for Recombinant DNA Endorsement must be submitted to the
Scientific Review Committee by October 25, 2019. See this PDF for the appropriate form. These required ISEF forms should also be requested and completed: Checklist for Adult Supervisor, Research Plan (1A), Approval Form (1B), Qualified Scientist Form (2), Registered Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C), and Designated Supervisor Form (3).

No materials may be displayed that can undergo a chemical or biological change.

This includes, molds, bacteria, yeasts, pond water, aquatic plants and other potentially gas producing substances. Those projects should display photographs or simulations instead of the actual materials and organisms used in the investigation.


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