Upcoming eventsWORKSHOP: WHAT IS AN SRC/IRB? HOW DO I DECODE THESE FORMS?
August 15, 2015
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Public Hall at CREATE at Arizona Science Center
AzSEF SRC Chair Dr. Timothy Martin and special guests will help decipher the Scientific Review process and timelines needed to help student researchers be safe and successful. This session is targeted for teachers/fair directors from school, homeschool, district, county, and regional science fairs throughout Arizona who want to ensure safety, best practices, and student researchers’ eligibility to compete at the State level or beyond. The session will cover the structure of the Scientific Review Committee, when approvals are needed, how approvals are obtained, and how to fill out appropriate forms. Example cases will be presented to help prepare for the upcoming 2016 Fair season.
Please bring your questions!
Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited.
Click here to register for this workshop!
Arizona Science and Engineering Fair 2015
April 7–9, 2015
This year’s Arizona Science and Engineering Fair had 896 qualified projects judged on April 8 with 1,124 students competing for various awards including educational scholarships, cash awards, summer internships, scientific field trips, and equipment grants.
The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) is the state fair for Arizona. Managed by Arizona Science Center, AzSEF brings together first-place winners from school, homeschool, district, county and regional science fairs across Arizona to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships. The Grand Award winners in the Senior Division from the state-level fair will be selected to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) taking place May 10–15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Goal / Mission StatementThe mission of the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair is to support and provide guidance to students and teachers throughout Arizona to ensure the continued availability and vitality of this statewide celebration of scientific inquiry for the citizens of Arizona.
Qualifications for Participating at AzSEF• Only 1st place winning projects will advance to AzSEF. Students in grades 5–12 who have placed 1st at a school, homeschool, district, county or regional science fair are eligible to compete at AzSEF.
• A maximum number of 12 entries per grade level will be accepted from each school in the Elementary and Junior Divisions. To ensure the integrity of this rule, schools/fairs will be allowed to submit online one project per grade level for each category.There are 12 categories for elementary and junior divisions click here to view categories
**please note that we have updated the senior division categories to correspond with newly changed Intel ISEF categories for 2015
• In the event that a fair does not give place awards, it is the discretion of the fair director to send the project considered the best representative of the category selected.
Deadlines for Fairs and SRC SubmissionsAll school, district, county, and regional fairs must be completed before March 22, 2015 so projects can be registered with AzSEF. No Projects will be accepted after March 22, 2015.
Projects requiring scientific review committee / IRB approval must be approved before research begins.
Scientific Review Committee Rules and Guidelines
Why SRC?The International Rules for Pre-college Science Research: Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fairs is published annually to support students doing independent research safely. They are the official rules of the Intel ISEF and students competing at an SSP- affiliated science fair.
The purpose of these rules is to:
• Protect the rights and welfare of the student researcher
• Protect the rights and welfare of the human participant
• Ensure adherence to federal regulations
• Ensure use of safe laboratory practices
• Protect the environment
• Determine eligibility for competition in the Intel ISEF 2015
SRC Project Approval InformationSenior Division
• ISEF Rules Wizard
• Overview of Forms
Elementary and Junior Divisions
Research that is approved through local SRC/IRBs or happening in formal research institution labs does not need to be submitted to AzSEF for approval. However, all approvals must be documented to ensure competition eligibility.
AzSEF Project Categories• Senior Division
• Elementary and Junior Divisions
Click HERE for Science Project Resources
Click HERE for ISEF Display and Safety Regulations
Click here to view AzSEF 2014