Suggested Science Fair Student Timeline

  • Before Experimenting (Fall 2019)

    Need help finding a topic for a Science Fair project? Try the Science Buddies Topic Selection Wizard quiz. 

    Actions

    • Begin using a log book and use it for the following:
      • What is the experimental question?
      • What does the research say?
      • Hypothesize
      • Develop an experimental procedure
      • Create a materials list
    • Complete all required forms:
      • Application and Registration Form
      • Complete ISEF forms 1, 1a, 1b, 3
      • If you need an IRB and/or SRC approval, submit required forms to sciencefair@dciu.org.

     

    Resources, Rules, and Forms

    • ISEF 2020 resource
    • Rules and Tips
    • Rules Wizard - find out which forms need to be filled out by answering 9 questions about your project
      • Note: Better safe than sorry! Projects with incomplete paperwork will be disqualified.
      • The Rules Wizard has been designed as a first step to help determine what forms and approvals are necessary before beginning a science fair project. Answer each of the 9 questions and a result page will provide a list of forms and information based on your answers; these forms and the accompanying rules should be reviewed closely with a teacher or mentor BEFORE experimentation begins.
      • This wizard is intended to be a helping tool, but cannot account for all specifics and situations of each individual project. Please be sure to review the International Rules. The ISEF SRC (Scientific Review Committee) is available via email (SRC@societyforscience.org) to answer any specific questions.
    • Copies of all forms to be completed
      • The ISEF forms constitute written documentation of what will occur, or in some cases, has already occurred in a research project. They are designed to provide the information that is needed to review the project to ensure compliance with the ISEF rules and with laws and regulations that apply to the project. The forms should be filled out and signed before any research takes place. (Only Forms 1C, 5B, 7, and the abstract are done after the research.) 
    • Judging criteria

     

    After Experimentation (Spring 2020)