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Preparing for an SRC Meeting

Every project must have a Form 1 Checklist for the Adult Sponsor, Form 1A Student Checklist/Research Plan, Form 1B Approval Form, and a Research Plan in order to compete at the fair. Some projects require additional forms and approvals prior to the start of experimentation. The rules for paperwork requirements can get complicated, therefore we encourage students and adult sponsors to use the ISEF Rules Wizard when determining which forms will be necessary for the project and whether SRC/IRB pre-approval is necessary.

Fall SRC/IRB Approval Meeting Dates

Fall 2017 Approval Meeting dates have not been determined yet.

What to Bring to an SRC Meeting

Every project being entered in the fair must have each of the following forms completed prior to going through SRC review:

  • Form 1 Checklist for the Adult Sponsor
  • Form 1A Student Checklist/Research Plan
  • Form 1B Approval Form - Each team member must have a separate Form 1B with appropriate signatures from both the student and their parent/guardian.
  • Research Plan - The research plan must contain the rational for your project, a complete procedure (including any survey questions to be asked), and a bibliography. Detailed instructions for completing a research plan can be found along with Form 1A. Making significant changes to your research plan after SRC approval may require an additional review by SRC before experimentation resumes.

Many projects that require SRC approval prior to experimentation also require Form 2 with the signature from a Qualified Scientist to supervise experimentation.

Projects involving human participants generally require Form 4 as well as an informed consent form. A sample form is provided by ISEF or students may create their own form if they ensure that ALL elements from the sample are included on their custom form.

Projects using vertebrate animals require Form 5A or Form 5B depending on where the experiment is being carried out. Both forms require approval prior to experimentation either by the fair SRC committee or a regulated research institution's IACUC. Please not that zebrafish embryos less than 7 days old are not considered vertebrate animals due to their delayed cognitive neural development and do not require this paperwork. However, students have run into problems in the past when they don't make it clear that the embryos are being used rather than adult fish. We recommend students always refer to zebrafish embryos rather than simply zebrafish.

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents require a Form 6A to be completed and should be reviewed by the SRC prior to experimentation to ensure the rules are being appropriately followed.

Projects using Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue require a Form 6B to be completed and signed by the Qualified Scientist or Designated Supervisor prior to experimentation.

There may be other forms that are required to be submitted along with paperwork prior to the fair, please consult with the official ISEF Rules, your Adult Sponsor, or Teacher to determine what you need.

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