California Science & Engineering Fair
Project Display Regulations 2021

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Regulations are modified for the virtual format of 2021

  1. Each project must have a Project Presentation which replaces the usual project display board for in-person fairs. Please see its format requirements and recommendations. The Project Presentation does not need to be uploaded when first submitting your application, but it must be provided no later than Sunday, April 4.
  2. Students must be present at their display during the judging period or the project will not be judged. For team projects, at least one of the authors must be present before judging will be allowed. For 2021: each project will have assigned interview times. No project will need to be present for more than one two-hour interview period. Most projects will have a shorter time commitment.
  3. Not applicable for 2021.
  4. Not applicable for 2021.
  5. Displays may not contain any living organism. This prohibition includes all animals, plants, and studied collections of microscopic life forms such as bacteria, fungi, and molds. The display of preserved animals is not permitted. Projects may not display photographs of procedures detrimental to the health and well being of vertebrate animals. Photographs of surgical procedures may not be exhibited.
  6. Not applicable for 2021.
  7. A project display at the California Science & Engineering Fair need not be identical to the display at the County or Regional Fair. The display may be altered to improve the presentation or to incorporate the results of research subsequent to the County or Regional Fair.
  8. All projects must clearly distinguish between the work of the student participant and the work of others. Students participating in a research opportunity in industry, a university, hospital, or institution other than their school, must display only their research. Such students must have the principal research director complete ISEF Form 1C specifying the assistance received and the role and contributions of others in the project. A copy of this form must be submitted as part of the application. The original must be included in the project notebook at the project display for inspection by the judges.
  9. Awards won in previous competitions may not be displayed or announced.
  10. Participants are not permitted to distribute any items to the judges.
  11. Not applicable for 2021.
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