The following codes apply to all student research projects. Project advisors must acknowledge on the certification forms that the student has complied with all research regulations.
For All Projects Involving Humans as the Subject of Research:
The Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR 46 §46.102 defines
Examples of unacceptable risk include: (1) ingestion or physical contact with any potentially hazardous materials including toxic chemicals, known or suspected pathogens or carcinogens, or exposure to ionizing radiation; (2) intentionally inducing emotional stress through questioning or invasion of privacy; (3) physical stress to pregnant women or anyone suffering debilitating physical illness; and (4) psychological stress to the mentally handicapped or those suffering psychiatric disorders. This list is intended to be illustrative, not exhaustive.
The regulations of the Fair are intended to protect human subjects, both physically and psychologically. The regulations supplement, and do not supplant, relevant State and Federal regulations dealing with such protection.
For All Projects Involving Tissue Samples:
Live tissue samples must be taken either from a continuously maintained tissue culture line already available to institutional researchers, or from animals already being used in an on-going institutional research project.
Students may not be involved in the direct acquisition of these samples from living human or vertebrate animals.
For All Projects Using Any Live Vertebrate Animal, Excluding Humans:
The State of California Education Code §51540: In the public elementary and high schools or in public elementary and high school school-sponsored activities and classes held elsewhere than on school premises, live vertebrate animals shall not, as part of a scientific experiment or any purpose whatever:
Live animals on the premises of a public elementary or high school shall be housed and cared for in a humane and safe manner. The provisions of this section are not intended to prohibit or constrain vocational instruction in the normal practices of animal husbandry.California Science & Engineering Fair / Research Regulations - 2022 / CSEF@usc.edu