Center for STEM Education and Career Development
Rules of Participation
2019 Covestro PRSEF Guidebook (Coming August 2018.)
- Ethics Statement: Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. This includes plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs and the Intel ISEF. Covestro PRSEF reserves the right to revoke recognition of a project subsequently found to have been fraudulent.
- Please review Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines for more information.
- You must not have reached age 20 on or before May 1, 2018.
- Must be in grades 6-12.
- You must live in one of the following counties: PENNSYLVANIA: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Washington, Westmoreland
- Team Projects (2 or 3 students) are permitted in all divisions. All team members must be present on Fair Day.
- Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair is the ONLY science fair in Western PA which is affiliated with the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. Please note for students new to your school (moving from other regions), you may compete in only one ISEF affliated fair in any one school year.
- The project must be solely the work of the exhibitor(s) in research, construction and design of the exhibit. Parents or sponsors may only advise. (Supervision and assistance with the use of power tools is exempt.)
- Note: Teachers that sponsor students from different schools (ie. Intermediate, High School) must register each school separately.
- Each student MUST HAVE an adult sponsor (parent /teacher/mentor) who is ultimately responsible for the health and safety of the student conducting the research and of any human or animal subjects. An adult sponsor may be a teacher, parent, university professor or scientist who has a solid background in science and will closely supervise the student's research. Paperwork deadline for these projects is Nov. 30, 2018.
- All students (in all divisions) conducting research involving vertebrate animals, human subjects, tissue, recombinant DNA, microbes, and pathogenic or controlled substances, must fill out special approval certification forms (See Guidebook) BEFORE starting the project. Paperwork deadline for these projects is Nov. 30, 2018.
- Prohibited Human Participant Studies: Projects involving the consumption, ingesting, tasting, applying, absorbing of any substance (including water and gum) are prohibited even those conducted in a Regulated Research Institution. See Human Participant Studies for more information.
- Bacteria Projects: Many students collect bacteria in a home environment. This is acceptable as long as the collected bacteria are immediately transported to a lab with the appropriate level of biosafety containment. See Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents for more information.
- Mold Projects: Many students observe mold growth on food. This is acceptable as long as the experiment is terminated at the first evidence of mold.
- Students must set up their own exhibit at the fair for project inspection. If parents or teachers are present in the exhibit area during set up, the student will be disqualified.
- High school seniors that are enrolled in college courses are eligible provided they are also enrolled in high school and will receive their diploma in the academic year in which they participate in ISEF.
- Students must be present at their project board during official category judging time, on March 23, 2018. The exhibit area is a restricted area during official judging. ONLY students, judges, and official Covestro PRSEF volunteers/staff are permitted on the exhibit floor during judging times.
- The Category Judge Selection has been designed to ensure all projects are evaluated on a consistent basis and ranked appropriately with regard to receiving awards. The decisions of the judges, determined on the day of the fair, are final.
- All student project boards must be removed from the exhibit area on Saturday, March 30, 2019 by 11:30 a.m., following the awards program. Remaining projects will be discarded due to space limitations.