Scientific Review Committee

What is SRC?

Scientific institutions have a team dedicated to minimizing risks to research participants and experimenters. For the Rochester Regional STEM Fair, this team is called the Scientific Review Committee. It is composed of local scientists who volunteer their time to give back to students.

Upload your research plan and paperwork to zFairs prior to the meeting. Be prepared to explain your project idea and discuss how you will minimize risk. Contact the SRC Chairperson at if you have questions.

SRC Meeting Dates

  • Thursday, November 17th, 6:30-8:00 PM, Online
  • Wednesday, November 30th, 6:30-8:00 PM, In-person at Northrop in Rm 201
  • Tuesday, December 13th, 6:30-8:00 PM, Online

December 13th, 2022 is the last date that the SRC will review research plans. In order to qualify for the ISEF competition, high school students must complete SRC review by this deadline (if their project requires SRC review).

SRC meetings have concluded for the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact if you want to meet individually about your project.

Do you need to attend a SRC Meeting?

Middle school students: Probably not. If the STEM Fair building coordinator at your school does not identify safety concerns to you or participants, they are able to sign Form 1B, Section 2 as the local fair signatory. If you are homeschooled or do not attend Rochester Public Schools, please contact the SRC Chairperson at before you begin your project.

High school students: Possibly. If your project includes human participants, vertebrate animals, or potential hazards (materials, biological agents, devices, activities), you will likely need to attend an SRC meeting.

Unsure if your project requires a review at an SRC meeting? Complete the ISEF Rules Wizard!

Still not sure? Contact the SRC Chairperson at