Rules and Guidelines
New Rules and Guidelines for the 2014 NYCSEF competition are available for download.
NYCSEF RULES & GUIDELINES [PDF file]
For students conducting summer research, we have broken out those guidelines that detailed research involving human participants, vertebrate animals, potential hazardous biological agents or hazardous chemicals, activities or devices in order to facilitate local IRB and SRC reviews. If you have any questions regarding safety or whether your proposed project meets eligibility requirements for 2014 NYCSEF competition, please contact us before you begin experimentation.
Rules about research involving:
Humans Participants (pg 8-10) [PDF]
Vertebrate Animals Rules (pg 11-13) [PDF]
Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Rules (pg 14-17) [PDF]
Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices (pg 18-20) [PDF]
The following rules and guidelines were developed to ensure the safety and well-being of pre-college students involved in research and promote the practice of safe and ethical experimentation. These rules and guidelines are derived from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and follow federal regulations governing research.
IMPORTANT – Changes and Modifications for 2013-2014
The following are the major changes and modifications to the rules and guidelines for the 2014 NYCSEF. It is recommended that students and associated adults review the appropriate rules and guidelines as it relates to the specific research project.
- For ALL PROJECTS – All applications must be submitted online. Hardcopies of all necessary forms (including two copies of the research paper) must be postmarked by December 13, 2013. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
- Rules & Guidelines, Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (PHBAs)
- The origin of all primary cell lines must be reported on form 6A and accompanied by supporting documentation:
- For purchased cell lines- a letter from the mentor which states the ATCC/catalog number, type of cell line and date of purchase
- For cell lines not purchased- a copy of the IBC approval which includes the origin of the cell line and date of IBC approval
- For microorganisms purchased for the study, SRC approval is required and documentation must be attached.
2. Students are prohibited from culturing CRE (Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriacae)
- Added studies with microbial fuel cells to the list of PBHA studies requiring Form 3
- Added the following studies to the list of PHBA studies exempt from SRC review
- Studies of mushrooms and amoebozoa (slime mold)
- Studies of water and soil not concentrated in the media conducive to their growth
- Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices
- Expanded guidance on use of Radiation
- Form Changes
- Changed the title of Form 7 to “Continuation/Research Progression Projects Form”
- The earth science category had been combined with environmental science.
For questions about IRB, the American Association for Public Opinion Research has a webpage with IRB FAQs for Survey Researchers. Please note that some rules on this site are different from NYCSEF. Check the NYCSEF rules and guidelines for official requirements.
NOTE: Some of the rules and regulations that govern competition for the 2014 NYCSEF events differ from those used for Intel ISEF. Questions about the NYCSEF rules and guidelines should be forwarded to NYCSEF staff.
Have a question about NYCSEF Rules and Guidelines? You may be able to find the answer on our FAQs page.
- 13Dec2013 NYCSEF Application Deadline
- 02Mar2014 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York
- 25Mar2014 NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History
- 27Mar2014 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Kaye Playhouse Theatre-Hunter College
- 11May2014 International Science & Engineering Fair Week in Los Angeles
Results from the Preliminary Round will be posted online by the end of the day on Friday, March 7th.