Rules and Guidelines
The NYCSEF Application, Rules and Guidelines are available for download. Only students who follow the proper rules and guidelines and submit ALL necessary materials will be eligible to have their application reviewed by the NYCSEF Scientific Review Committee and be considered for competition in any of the NYCSEF events.
For students conducting summer research, we have broken out those guidelines that detailed research involving human participants, vertebrate animals, potential hazardous biological agents or hazardous chemicals, activities or devices in order to facilitate local IRB and SRC reviews. If you have any questions regarding safety or whether your proposed project meets eligibility requirements for 2018 NYCSEF competition, please contact us before you begin experimentation.
Rules about research involving:
Human Participant_Rules (pg 8-11) [PDF]
Vertebrate Animals Rules (pg 12-14) [PDF]
Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (PHBA) Rules (pg 15-18) [PDF]
Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices Rules (pg 19-21) [PDF]
The following rules and guidelines were developed to ensure the safety and well-being of pre-college students involved in research and promote the practice of safe and ethical experimentation. These rules and guidelines are derived from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and follow federal regulations governing research.
IMPORTANT – NYCSEF Updates for 2017-2018
- New Categories: Students can now submit projects in the Behavioral Neurosciences (BN) or the Behaviorial Sociology/Psychology (BS).
- 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 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: Tissues studies in which tissue colllected 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.
For questions about IRB, the American Association for Public Opinion Research has a webpage with IRB FAQs for Survey Researchers. Please note that some rules on this site are different from NYCSEF. Check the NYCSEF Application, Rules and Guidelines for official requirements.
NOTE: Some of the rules and regulations that govern competition for the NYCSEF events differ from those used for Intel ISEF. Questions about the NYCSEF rules and guidelines should be forwarded to NYCSEF staff.
Have a question about NYCSEF Rules and Guidelines? You may be able to find the answer on our FAQs page.
Upcoming Dates & Deadlines
- 13Dec2017 NYCSEF Project Application Due Date
- 04Mar2018 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York.
- 20Mar2018 NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History
- 26Mar2018 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College
- 13May2018 International Science & Engineering Fair Week May, 13-18 in Pittsburgh, PA