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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 the Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs and the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair. Please see all forms and rules books on the Forms page. See also the Ethics Policy for these competitions below.

The purpose of these rules is to:

For rules questions, please contact src@tcrsf.net. Please include the student’s name, grade in school, and if possible, the student’s complete research plan.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Intel ISEF Rules is available from Society for Science at https://student.societyforscience.org/rules-faq

Complete Book: Rules & Forms

Research Plan and Post Project Summary Instructions Type the plan into a Word document and save as PDF or use TCRSF's Research Plan Template

Student Handbook

The rules may be downloaded directly from Society for Science at https://student.societyforscience.org/international-rules-pre-college-science-research

See ISEF Project Resources at https://student.societyforscience.org/resources-0

Eligibility Information Any individual student or team of two to three students in grades 6-12, currently attending any school (including home school) in Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, or Washington County can participate. (Students who attend school in Anoka County or the Anoka-Hennepin School District participate in the Central Regional Science Fair in St. Cloud.)

Ethics Policy 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, TCRSF and the Intel ISEF. Society for Science & the Public reserves the right to revoke recognition of a project subsequently found to have been fraudulent.

Please see the Project Exhibit page and the Research Paper page for additional rules that apply to the project exhibits and to the research paper.

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