It is our hope that this page will answer any questions you might have during your experimentation and entry process. In order to have the best experience possible, be sure to read this page and follow the guidelines set forth by the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Be creative. Be thorough. Have fun!
Make sure you read the ISEF Student Handbook. This will help you choose your topic and let you know what to expect as you go on with your project.
Pick your Topic
Remember, the student handbook urges you to choose a limited subject for your experiment. The more limited your subject, the more of an expert you can become!
Determine Whether your Project Requires Prior Approval
Speak with your adult sponsor. If your project requires approval from a Scientific Review Committee or Institutional Review Board before you begin your experiment, make sure that you create a Research Plan and fill out the appropriate forms (find them all on the ISEF Forms Page). Obtain the necessary signatures and send them to the review board before you begin your data collection. It may seem like a hassle, but remember – these rules exist to make sure that everyone conducts their experiments safely!
Once you've got approval from the review committee, you're good to begin your experimentation. Make sure that you follow the approved procedures, and don't forget to keep a detailed book of your findings as you collect your data; you don't want to forget anything!
Write Your Abstract
Remember that the student handbook states an abstract should not be more than 250 words. It should include the purpose of the experiment, the procedures used, data and conclusions, and any possible real-world applications of your findings.
Make Copies of all Your Paperwork!
Your research plan, abstract and protocol forms are important documents required to be displayed at your project during the fair.
Enter in the Science Fair!
Fill out the Southeastern New Mexico Student Research Challenge Official Entry Form completely. Every part of it is important. Be sure to take extra care when choosing your category. Most projects can probably be justified as applicable in several different categories, but it is imperative that you choose only one. The category in which you choose to enter your project will be the one it is judged in. Team projects (junior division only) will be judged with individual projects in their respective categories. Send the entry form, all your protocol forms, your research plan and your abstract to the science fair by mail, email or FAX. Don't forget to include your entry fee!
Southeastern New Mexico Regional Student Research Challenge
ENMU Station 18
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
Create your Display
Remember, it's about the science, not about the show. ISEF has strict guidelines about what can and can't be shown during judging. See the ISEF Display and Safety Regulations for rules. If your display does not meet requirements on fair day, prohibited materials will be removed from your display and returned at the close of the fair.