We allow the Junior and Senior division students to use of digitial signatures with the ISEF forms. It uses the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. The advantage of this approach is that the forms can be completely filled out electronically. This allows them to be uploaded easily versus printing an application, signing it, scanning it in and then uploading it.
Digital signatures use an encrypted digital certificate that contains your information such as your name and email address. The certificates are unique and can be used with any number of documents. For example, a student may use their digital certificate to digitally sign their application while a teacher can use their certificate to sign the applications for all their students.
The ISEF forms require more than one signature. For example, at least the student, parent and supervisor need to provide signatures on the forms. These can all be digital signatures.
To get multiple signatures from different people on the forms means opening the file using Adobe Acrobat, digitally signing the file and saving it. The saved file is then passed onto the next person. It is not possible to send the same file to multiple people and then mix the resultant files into a single file. The process must be performed sequentially.