Competition Guidelines & Helpful Tips
Research Paper and Judging Process
Students are encouraged to prepare a paper depicting original research projects including fieldwork and/or experimentation in science-related areas. Papers will be evaluated by a judging committee who will evaluate: the quality of the research and experimentation, evidence of the student's understanding of the topic, and originality in the choice of and investigation of the topic. Please note that papers must acknowledge major assistance from teachers, mentors, parents or other students. Examples of areas of assistance which should be acknowledged include: selecting the topic of research, planning and/or guiding the course of the research, gathering data and construction of any apparatus.
Eighteen (18) students will be selected to present their work in a competitive oral symposium before a panel of qualified judges, and up to 42 others will be invited to present their work in a competitive poster session. Teachers will be notified of selected students by February 10, 2020.
Preparing for the IJSHS
Oral Presentation Tips
Information for All Attendees
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Awards at ISEF
What are the most common reasons a project would fail to qualify?
You can find a report from ISEF addressing the most common reasons why some projects fail to qualify here.