It is important that projects are properly designed and documented (as with the ISEF application forms) prior to the start of the project. Projects that do not meet the rules will be disqualified.
The precertification is an optional benefit provided by the Mercer Science and Engineering Club. Our Safety Review Committee (SRC) will check a student's application upon request and give conditional approval. The SRC reviews all projects before the fair after the projects have been completed as well.
Projects that do not meet the fair requirements can be redesigned and resubmitted for precertification. Keep in mind that percertification acceptance must be done BEFORE experimentation starts. Do not start experimentation and then submit the project for precertification. Get the project certified and then start experimentation.
Projects that receive precertification that follow the matching research plan will be accepted for competition.
We highly recommend that Junior and Senior division projects that require more than the basic set of ISEF forms take advantage of precertification. In general, this would include projects that deal with humans, animals, plus hazardous or biological materials. Check out the ISEF Rules Wizard. This will indicate what forms are required. Likewise, our online registration system will provide similar feedback. If in doubt, contact us directly. We are glad to work with you to make sure your project is acceptable. Keep in mind that not all projects are allowed.