- Guidelines for RRSEF Project Displays
- Guidelines for RRSEF Research Papers
- Guidelines for Video Requirements
The following guidelines must be followed for your project display to be approved during the display and safety check prior to the start of the RRSEF. If these guidelines are not met, your project cannot be judged.
- Abstract: optional official abstract copies for judges
- Size: within ISEF max. guidelines (108"Hx48"Wx30"D)
- individual or team name(s) and school only
- no co-authors, mentors, teachers, affiliations (i.e. Mayo/IBM)
- no contact information, website URLs, QR codes
- Visual Images (photographs/charts/tables/graphs):
- cited sources or credit line for all photos, images, clip art, tables, graphs, etc.
- no person except individual/team without written consent (student/parent)
- not inappropriate or offensive
- no depiction of animals in surgical, necrotizing, or dissecting procedures
- Logos/Awards: no logos (corporate or otherwise), awards, medals, flags, business
- no living, dead or preserved organism or materials (plant or animal) Life
- no plants, seeds, soil, micro-organisms
- no human or animal parts (teeth, hair, nails, animal bones, bodily fluids)
- no human or animal food (including candy, popcorn, and drinks)
- no chemicals or items that have been in contact with hazardous chemicals
- no water, liquids, filters (unless not used), growth media
- Hazardous Substances or Devices:
- no poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, grease/oil, sublimating solids (i.e. dry ice), flames or highly flammable items
- no glass or sharp items (i.e. syringes, needles, pipetts, knives)
- no batteries with open top or wet cells
- no active internet connections
- Equipment Restrictions:
- no 3D printers or drones (unless power source removed)
- no moving parts with tension/pinch points (unless shielded)
- no apparatus that can produce dangerous temperatures (unless insulated)
- no highly distracting items (sounds, lights, odors)
RRSEF Research Papers follow the rules set by the Minnesota Academy of Science Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Full guidelines can be found on their website.
Papers should be a minimum of 5-6 pages and a maximum of 20 pages, including appendices. Length assumes a 12-point, Times New Roman font. There is no set outline for papers, but National JSHS recommends using the following outline:
A title page or cover page stating the student’s name, school address, and title of the research
Acknowledgement of major assistance received
Table of contents
Any applicable disclaimers and statements (e.g. “research involving non-human vertebrates or human subjects was conducted under the supervision of an experience teacher or researcher and followed all state and federal regulatory guidance applicable to the human and ethical conduct of such research”).
Materials and methods
Discussion and conclusions
Appendices (if needed)
Judging Presentation Guidelines
- PLEASE have your powerpoint presentation on a USB drive.
- Photography may be used in oral presentations. Graphs, tables, diagrams, charts, or other graphic representations of data should be kept as simple as possible.
- Students will have no more than 12 minutes to present their scientific research in an oral presentation followed by a few minutes for questions asked by judges only. Room moderators will keep time and let students know how much time they have remaining using visual cues.
Full guidelines from the Minnesota Science and Engineering Fair will be available soon. A brief summary follows.
- Your video should outline your research question, project design, results, conclusions, and next steps. Recommended video length for research project videos is 5-6 minutes. Videos should not be longer than 10 minutes.
- Students can choose to create a video of themselves presenting in front of a physical display (poster, display board, etc.) or they may choose to create a narrated PowerPoint presentation video.
- Students presenting a research paper video are encouraged to use the full 10 minutes of video time allotted.
- You may also upload 1 to 3 photos related to your project (i.e. photo of full poster, photo taken during research, screen shot of important graph) into your Zfair account for review by the judges.