Application Forms

Details on the 2018 NYCSEF Forms


NYCSEF Signature Page| Acknowledgment of Participation from student, parent/guardian, teacher, and principal.

NYCSEF Student & Project Information| Template for basic student information and project outline/information. MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE.

NYCSEF Team Information| Template for team member information FOR TEAM PROJECTS.  MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE.

Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1)| To be completed by the Adult Sponsor in collaboration with the student researcher.

Student Checklist (1A)| Basic student checklist

NYCSEF Project Summary| Required before you begin your experimentation.  MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE.

Abstract | To be completed after your experimentation

Approval Form (1B) | Basic approval required for each student, including team members

Remember you must also write a Research Paper for submission with your application.  Refer to pg. 4 in the NYCSEF Rules and Guidelines for more information.



Regulated Research InstitutionalIndustrial Form (1C)| Required for any research conducted at a regulated research institution or work site other than home, school or field.  To be completed after experimentation.

Qualified Scientist Form (2)| May be required for research involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents, and DEA-controlled substances.  To be completed before experimentation.

Risk Assessment Form (3) | Required for projects using hazardous chemicals, activities or devices and microorganisms exempt from pre-approval.  To be completed before experimentation.

Human Participants Form (4)| Required for research involving human participants.  IRB approval required before experimentation.

Human Informed Consent Form | Required for research involving human participants.

Vertebrate Animal Form (5A) | Required for research involving vertebrate animals that is conducted in a school/home/field.  SRC approval required before experimentation.

Vertbrate Animal Form (5B) | Required for research involving vertebrate animals that is conducted at a Regulated Research Institution.  IACUC approval from the research institution required before experimentation.

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Assessment Form (6A) | Required for research involving microorganisms, rDNA, fresh/frozen tissue (including primary cell lines, human and other primate established cell lines and tissue cultures), blood, blood products and body fluids.  SRC/IACUC/IBC approval required before experimentation.

Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form (6B) | For research involving fresh/frozen tissue, blood, blood products and body fluids.  Must also complete PHBA Form (6A).

Continuation Research Progression Projects Form (7)| Required for projects that are a continuation in the same field of study as a previous project.


The complete NYCSEF Application, Rules and Guidelines are available for download.  The deadline is Wednesday, December 13, 2017.


Students may only participate in one ISEF-affiliated fair. NYCSEF is the ISEF affiliated fair for the NYC region, participants do not advance to state and national fairs from NYCSEF but rather advance directly to ISEF if they qualify. Enrollment and participation in other ISEF-affiliated fairs may lead to disqualification from NYCSEF and ineligibility to compete at ISEF.  If a student from the NYC region prefers to participate in an ISEF-affiliated fair other than NYCSEF, students may request an exemption by contacting the NYCSEF fair director at


IMPORTANT – Application Updates for 2017-2018

  • New Categories: Students can now submit projects in the Behavioral Neurosciences (BN) or the Behavioral Sociology/Psychology (BS) categories.


  • Research in Development: NYCSEF will maintain this category to encourage the efforts of students new to research.  The NYCSEF Scientific Review Committee will invite a limited number of NYCSEF applicants whose projects show great promise but are not competition-ready to join the fair under this new category.  Students may NOT apply to the Research in Development category. Upon review of the projects, the SRC will contact the teachers who sponsored project(s) that the committee deemed 1) not competition-ready and 2) promising for future competition, and 3) in need of further development and will ask the teacher to nominate and further support students to present their work in this category (Only a few projects from each school will be represented in this category.)  As a RD category participant, all attending students will participate in all aspects of the fair; however when meeting with judges their projects will not evaluated for the competition. RD Judges will provide supportive feedback to help the student further develop his/her/their research so that he/she/they may successfully complete in next year’s fair.  In addition, all attendees will be matched with a NYCSEF mentor to receive in person and online mentorship with their project development and application. New this year, NYCSEF will ask for additional commitment from students and teachers.


  • NYCSEF Rules regarding tissue studies of vertebrate animals: Tissue studies in which tissue collected from vertebrates must adhere to all vertebrate rules and guidelines as described on pages 12-14 and Appendix I. Specifically tissues collected from any of the prohibited areas (e.g. studies that induce toxicity, conditioning with aversive stimuli, vertebrate predator-prey studies, mother-infant separation, induced helplessness, studies of pain, etc.) will fail to qualify for NYCSEF.


  • NYCSEF Rules for projects using human participants: For incomplete or invalid Human Participants Forms – students will be required to submit a letter from each person associated with the project’s IRB, stating that they have reviewed the project.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

  1. 13Dec2017 NYCSEF Project Application Due Date
  2. 04Mar2018 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York.
  3. 20Mar2018 NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History
  4. 26Mar2018 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  5. 13May2018 International Science & Engineering Fair Week May, 13-18 in Pittsburgh, PA

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News + Notes

The 2018 NYCSEF Online Registration System is CLOSED! Application status updates will be emailed to students and teachers at the end of January.

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