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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 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 ISEF Rules is available from Society for Science at https://www.societyforscience.org/isef/international-rules/faq/

The most common error in completing ISEF forms is understanding the date requirements. The ISEF date requirements can be found at hhttps://www.societyforscience.org/isef/overview-of-forms-and-dates/

The rules may be downloaded directly from Society for Science at https://www.societyforscience.org/isef/international-rules/

Additional Resources are available at the bottom of the following page: https://www.societyforscience.org/isef/international-rules/rules-for-all-projects/

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, Washington, Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Sherburne, and Wright counties can participate.

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 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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