Summary of Rules for Participating in the 2023 Alaska Science & Engineering Fair
Senior High Students
You must follow both the Alaska Science and Engineering Fair rules as well as the International Science and Engineering Fair rules.
- All high school projects must comply with the published ISEF rules.
- Not more than two projects, in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12, may be certified as finalists to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
- Finalists must be students enrolled in a public, private or parochial school and not over 21 years of age.
- Students must be present during judging to answer questions about their projects to be eligible for top awards.
- One observer may be chosen to attend ISEF. That person may be a student enrolled in the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade. This person will not exhibit their project at ISEF.
- A student may enter only one project, alone or as a team.
- Participating students must currently be in grades 1-12.
- Participating students must currently live in the state of Alaska.
- Team projects will be accepted for teams with a maximum of 3 members.
- Projects must primarily be the work of the student(s).
- Parents or Teachers can and should supervise, however the project should primarily contain the work and reasoning of the student(s).
- Projects must not be the same as a previous year’s entry; however a project with new work/study on the same problem showing significant progress is encouraged.
- Research involving vertebrate animal or human subjects requires special supervision and certification. Students in grades 9-12 must conform to all the ISEF rules as published. Students in K-8 who experiment with humans, vertebrate animals, animal tissues, DNA or suspected carcinogenic chemicals must have their research plan approved by their teacher before they begin the project.
- Exhibit size is limited to 76 cm front to back, 122 cm side to side, and 274 cm top to bottom.
- The following physical items are NOT ALLOWED in the exhibit hall:
- Live creatures
- Preserved vertebrate animals or animal parts
- Bacterial cultures
- Any other materials which contain microbes
- Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals other-than-normal conditions are prohibited (ie surgical techniques, dissection, necropsies or other lab techniques).
- Anything that could be hazardous is PROHIBITED from display. This includes:
- Disease-causing organisms
- Open flames
- Flammable gases, liquids or highly combustible solids, or tanks which contain the same
- Any chemicals or drugs
- operation of a Class III or IV Laser
- Class II lasers MAY be operated under the following conditions:
- The student must be present
- A proper shield must be used
- A sign must be displayed saying “LASER RADIATION – DO NOT STARE INTO BEAM”
- Abstracts are required for grades 9-12, strongly recommended for grades 7-8, and recommended for grades 4-6
- Fill out the Project Abstract form in the Paperwork section of your zFairs profile page to make sure your abstract is submitted properly.
NOTE: ANY PROJECT NOT CONFORMING WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND NOT DISPLAYED. THE DECISION OF THE ALASKA SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR SAFETY AND RULES COMMITTEE SHALL BE FINAL.
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