The Senior division applicants must complete the online registration process and upload a copy of all ISEF forms needed for a project by the posted deadline. You no longer need to mail in a copy of the forms.
We recommend that a student start the application process before they start their project but this is not a requirement. On the other hand, some projects may require precertification. Projects that have not been precertified may be disqualified if they fail to meet the ISEF requirements and restrictions. For example, if a project deals with animals it may require approvals and signatures from a veterinarian. If these are required and not obtained the project will be disqualified. The precertification process helps avoid these problems.
Precertification is optional.
The online application for projects requiring precertification must be filled in with sufficient detail prior to the precertification deadline to obtain speedy approval. Applications that are rejected can be resubmitted at any time after suitable changes are made. Experimentation should not start until approval has been given.
Projects that have the proper ISEF paperwork that have not gone through the precertification process can be submitted to the fair. Keep in mind that it is possible that the project will be disqualified if the paperwork is not in order or the project deals with restricted topics. Projects that are done in this fashion should be registered as soon as possible so we can evaluate and approve the project for the fair.
Online applications must be completed by the posted deadline. This includes a detailed research plan and an abstract. The research plan should be completed before the project starts and the abstract should be completed after the project is finished.
Senior division projects may not include any of the following:
- No team projects
- Any projects that are not allowed by ISEF including acid rain studies
Please contact us if you have any questions.