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WSSEF General Rules

Judging GuidelinesExhibit RequirementsSpecial Projects

WSSEF’s rules are intended to help insure the safety of the student researchers and the human or animal subjects involved in the research. WSSEF is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and follow their rules. Student Researchers must also follow all state and local regulations. In some instances, WSSEF rules may be more restrictive than Intel ISEF rules. WSSEF’s Scientific Review Committee will have the final authority on the display and safety issues with projects.


Click here for the entire ISEF rules.


Click here for information on the Display Requirements.


There are some “special” projects which require additional information and forms. Click here for the Special Projects section below to determine if your project requires additional information and forms.


WSSEF Rules Summary

Each student should enter only one project, which covers research done over a maximum of 12 continuous months between January 2011 and March 2012.

Each project shall be the individual work of the entrant(s). Parents, teachers, and advisors may assist in a supervisory capacity only.

All projects require pre-approval prior to the start of an experiment by an Adult Sponsor. The Adult Sponsor may be a teacher, parent, university professor, or scientist in whose lab the student is working.  The Adult Sponsor is responsible for working with the student to evaluate any possible risks involved in order to ensure the health and safety of the student conducting the research and the humans or animals involved in the study.

The exhibit should include a journal (i.e., a research paper) illustrating the results of library research, hypothesis(es) and rationale, procedures used, data collection, analysis and conclusions.

An abstract containing 250 words, or less, is required for students in grades 7 – 12 only.  It should be kept with the journal, and should explain the research's purpose, procedures, data, and conclusions. It also may include any possible research applications. The abstract must describe the research conducted by the student and not by the adult supervisors.

For Students in Grades 1 – 6, an abstract is not required.  Instead, Students in grades 1 – 6 will attach a summary of their projects to the Adult Checklist for Grades 1 – 6 Form (W3).

A Project exhibit board is recommended for interested spectators and judges to assess the study and the results obtained.

The entrant must be present to be judged (i.e., to be interviewed by the judges). Without a WSSEF judge's interview it will be difficult to place, but the display and journal will be judged for their own merit and corresponding recognition may be given.

ALL projects must be reviewed and approved by the SRC after experimentation and shortly before competition in an ISEF affiliated Fair competition. (Projects requiring preapproval which were conducted at a regulated research institution (not home or high school, etc.) and which were reviewed and approved by the proper institutional board before experimentation must also be reviewed by the Fair SRC for rules compliance.)

The WSSEF board reserves the right to refuse any project it considers unsuitable.

Actions unbecoming, gentleman or a lady, destruction of another's property, knowingly falsifying a project may result in disqualification.

Neither the WSSEF board, its individual members, nor Bremerton School District, is responsible for any loss, damage, or injury associated with the fair.

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