Intel ISEF

What is the Intel ISEF?
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. WNY Regional Science and Engineering Fair (WNYRSEF) is an affiliate of the Intel ISEF.

When and Where is the Intel ISEF?
May 12-17, 2019…Phoenix, Arizona

Who enters the Intel ISEF?
Students in grades 9-12 must compete in an Intel ISEF affiliated science fairs in their geographic area AND win the right to attend the Intel ISEF.  WNYRSEF may send a pre-determined number of projects to compete at  the Intel ISEF (as factored by participation and high school population) in 22 different categories. The student(s) who receives this award will receive an all-expense paid trip to the international fair.

What is the timeline for the Intel ISEF and when should I start my research?
Students may present work for their project which includes no more than 12 months of continuous research and may not include research performed over 18 months from the time of the Intel ISEF Fair in which they will be competing. To compete for this Grand Award, the project must be registered and ISEF forms submitted PRIOR to the start of the project. The Scientific Review committee will review ISEF projects and forms from Nov. 1, 2018 until Feb. 1, 2019.  For a complete set of rules and guidelines on eligibility to compete at the Intel ISEF, please review the International Rules for Precollege Science Research.

A 9th-12th grade student can decide whether or not to enter his/her project for the Intel ISEF consideration.
How does a student make this decision?

If you decide to compete for ALL awards available, you are required to use the ISEF Wizard (on the registration website) to determine which forms you’ll need.  Then download and complete the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) forms (#2 below).  Scan the forms to create a single PDF and upload into your registration account.  Questions about the review process can be directed to Kelly Cal at

This is what you need IN ADDITION TO the WNYRSEF registration paperwork:
1.  Use the ISEF Wizard to identify the paperwork that is required AND REVIEW IT with your mentor, teacher, or parent!
2.  Interactive ISEF SRC Forms
3.  Rules and Guidelines 

If the student makes any changes to the research plan after a project had received SRC or IRB approval, the student must immediately submit those changes. Ideally, no experimentation begins until an SRC or IRB notifies the student of project approval. This is particularly true with living subjects and certain chemicals. Contact Kelly Cal immediately concerning already-completed projects.

Additional Resources:
SRC-How to Get Started
IISEF operations guidelines for SRCs and IRBs
Free PDF tools:   or