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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
- Once approval
is received, the following guidelines must
be supplied by a reputable, certified
must be maintained at a location approved by
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.
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, 2020.
With 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.
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.
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.
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
A Request for
Recombinant DNA Endorsement must be submitted
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).
may be displayed that can undergo a chemical
or biological change.
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