Before submitting this Application, you should be sure that you satisfy the eligibility requirements for the Fair, qualifying through the appropriate County/Regional Science Fair.
Also before starting this application process, please make sure that you have all of the answers to the questions on the sample paper application at hand. In particular, we recommend that you not wait until you've completed the first half dozen pages before starting to compose your Project Summary. Instead, compose it in your favorite word processor ahead of time so that when you reach the page asking you for it, you can copy and paste each of the pieces (Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions) into the appropriate fields. (Important: Special characters in your word processor, like curly quotation marks and bullet symbols, will not translate correctly, and instead will each appear as “#”, which is not what you want. You can fix this on the Project Page by following the directions there.) Please note that the length of your Project Summary is limited to what will fit into the allowed space on a single printed page formatted as in the Application Packet. You will have an opportunity to see that page as your judges will see it, and can revise it, before you complete the application.
In order to assure you that your Application is being handled appropriately, please read and follow the procedure below.
| If you are a “Qualified Project” representing your
county or regional science fair (that is, you are not
an “Alternate Project”) you next need to mail
(that's right, mail via USMail)
Mail these items to:
|If you are an “Alternate Project” representing your county or regional science fair, you should not mail anything at this time. Instead, you should wait for notice as to whether or not you have been accepted into CSEF. If you are, you will be given directions to then, and only then, send the items listed on the left.|
“Qualified Projects” should send the card and Application Fee immediately.
“Alternate Projects” should follow the directions on the flyer given to them at their Awards Ceremony identifying them as alternates. In particular, alternates do not send in any money or signature cards unless they are announced on this web site as having been accepted.
For the purpose of meeting your Application Deadline, your application will be considered “submitted” when you submit the last page of the application and receive your Confirmation Code. It is considered “complete” when your Application Fee and Signature Card are received by the Fair. (The certification form is also necessary for some, but not all, projects.)
Owing to the large number of students and judges submitting applications to the Application System recently our database server has occasionally stopped responding to web requests. If this happens to you, please do not keep hitting buttons to reload your application page. That only makes the problem worse. Instead, stop and come back in about 15 minutes when (if everyone cooperates) the system should have been able to recover itself.
If you have gotten part of the way into the application when the database server freezes, do not close your browser. Instead, stay on the page and after 15 minutes, reload the page. That way the information you have already entered will be preserved in your application session. If you close the browser, or otherwise break the session, you'll have to start all over again.
|Click here to start the application.|
If you are unable to access the application system owing to the web site on the following pages not being able to access the database server again, please phone (213)740-1101 or email CSEF@usc.edu immediately.
See also our Frequently Asked Questions on the Application.Last updated: Wed Apr 4 14:16:29 PDT 2018