The 2012 Alabama Science and Engineering Fair (ASEF) will follow the rules of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. All forms and rules of the fair are given on the Society for Science and the Public web page. Copies of these rules are also available from the Society for Science and the Public, Inc., 1719 N Street, Washington, D.C. 20036-2888.
These rules must be strictly complied with in order for an exhibit to be eligible for awards. Several certifications are required prior to the start of any actual experimentation. These rules apply to all science fairs affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, and, therefore must be applied at all regional science fairs which participate in the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair.
ISEF Rules | ISEF Forms | Student Handbook
1. Only participants who have competed in an Alabama regional science and engineering fair and have been selected by that fair to attend the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair will be allowed to register. Quick Reference: (Forms referenced below are published by Society for Science and the Public in its guidelines for science fairs and should have been provided by your local or regional fair.)
It is important that all applications be accompanied by properly completed forms. The following forms must have been completed and approvals obtained before participants began their experimentation:
2. Checklist for Adult Sponsor/Student Safety Assessment Form: This form should be completed and signed by an adult sponsor. The date of review must be prior to the experimentation. This date should be before any Human Subjects Form (4A) or Informed Consent Form (4B) are dated.
3. Form (1A) Research Plan
4. Form (1B) Approval Form
5. All students should have an abstract with their project. Only students in the Senior Division must complete the Official Abstract Form. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and include the (a) purpose of the experiment, (b) procedures used, (c) data, and (d) conclusions. It should not include acknowledgments of work or procedures done by the mentor.
6. Form (1C), Registered Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form must be completed by the scientist supervising your research if the research is performed in an Institutional/Industrial Setting.
7. Form (2), Qualified Scientist Form, must be completed and signed prior to the start of your experimentation if your project involves animals, controlled substances and pathogens or recombinant DNA and humans.
8. Form (3), Designated Supervisor Form, must be completed prior to beginning your project if the Qualified Scientist is unable to supervise the experiments or for projects using hazardous materials or devices.
9. Form (4A), Human Subjects Form, must have been completed prior to experimentation if the research involves humans.
10. Form (4B), Informed Consent Form, is recommended for all projects involving human subjects and required for all such projects involving risk.
11. Form (5), Non Human Vertebrate Animal Form, must have been completed prior to experimentation.
12. All projects using viable fresh tissue, organs, human or animal parts, including blood, blood products, teeth, primary cell cultures, and body fluids require Form (6), Human and Animal Tissue Form, be completed prior to experimentation.
Copies of all forms relevant to your project must be submitted together with your application to attend the 2008 ASEF. Keep the originals but bring them to the ASEF. Failure to comply with the above ISEF requirements will result in disqualification from ASEF.
Each student in the Senior Division should display a project data book and a research paper.
Any changes of the research plan by a student after initial IRB/SRC approval must have subsequent IRB/SRC approval before experimentation begins or resumes.
Projects which are a continuation of a previous year's work and which require IRB/SRC approval must be re-approved prior to experimentation for the current year.
Each student may enter only one project.
ASEF 2012 accepts team projects. Team projects are defined as any project with two and no more than three contributing student members. In keeping with ISEF policy, there is no longer a special category for team projects. Team projects now compete in the scientific category of their research.