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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

Rules for ALL Projects

Summary of Rule Changes for 2019-2020

Rules Overview for 2019-2020 (SRC Presentation)

Rules in Spanish

Display & Safety Rules in Spanish

Roles and Responsibilities of Students and Adults

Display and Safety Regulations

Subject Areas

Human Participants

Vertebrate Animals

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents

Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices

Paper Tips

Sample Student Paper

How to Write a Research Paper

Generic Format and Guidelines for Research Papers from Montana Tech

Oral Presentation Tips

Tips for Oral Presentations

Presentation Tips from the Illinois JSHS

Information for All Attendees 

ISEF Project Resources can be found here.

Society Program Harassment Policy: We ask that everyone review this policy carefully so that any concerns are addressed immediately.

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

National JSHS

National JSHS Student Guidelines