Project Violations Checklist


Items NOT to Display


1.       When human participants are involved in a project, consent forms may be required by SRC but should not be displayed

as they are confidential documents.

2.       Awards, medals, business cards, flags, logos, CDs, DVDs, Flash Drives, brochures, booklets, nor endorsements,

give-away items (pens, key chains, etc.), and/or acknowledgments (graphic or written). (Exceptions: Flash drives, CDs, DVDs that are an integral part of the project and used for judging only with prior approval given during inspection; past and present Intel ISEF medals worn by the finalists.)

3.       Postal addresses, World Wide Web, e-mail and/or social media addresses, QR codes, telephone, and/or fax numbers of a finalist.

4.       Active Internet or e-mail connections as part of displaying or operating the project at the Intel ISEF
Prior years’ written material or visual depictions on the vertical display board. [Exception: the project title displayed in the finalist’s booth may mention years or which year the project is (for example, “Year Two of an Ongoing Study”)]. Continuation projects must have the Continuation Project Form (7) vertically displayed.

5.       Any disks, CDs, printed materials, etc. (including unofficial abstracts) designed to be distributed to judges or the public will be confiscated by the Display and Safety Committee and will be discarded immediately.

6.       Living organisms, including plants

7.       Soil, sand, rock, and/or waste samples, even if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic
Taxidermy specimens or parts

8.       Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals

9.       Human or animal food

10.    Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)

11.    Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)

12.    All chemicals including water (Projects may not use water in any form in a demonstration.)

13.    All hazardous substances or devices [for example, poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, and lasers

14.    Dry ice or other sublimating solids

15.    Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)

16.    Flames or highly flammable materials

17.    Batteries with open-top cells

18.    Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display and Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (for example, glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)

19.    Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, or Society for Science & the Public (for example, large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, pressurized tanks, etc.)

20.    Any inadequately insulated apparatus producing extreme temperatures that may cause physical burns is not allowed.

21.    Any apparatus with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with tension or pinch points must be for display only.

22.    Region 1 MSEF SCR/IRB Committee Members reserve the right to remove any project for safety reasons or to protect the integrity of the Intel ISEF and its rules and regulations.

23.    Project sounds, lights, odors, or any other display items must not be distracting. Exceptions to this rule may be permitted for judging demonstrations. Approval must be given prior to judging.


Photograph/Image Display Requirements


Display of photographs other than that of the finalist must have a photo release signed by the subject, and if under 18 years of age, also by the guardian of the subject. Sample consent text: “I consent to the use of visual images (photos, videos, etc.) involving my participation/my child’s participation in this research.”

Finalists using audio-visual or multi-media presentations (for example, 35mm slides; videotapes; images, graphics, animations, etc., displayed on computer monitors; or other non-print presentation methods) must be prepared to show the entire presentation to the Display and Safety inspectors before the project is approved.


Any photograph/visual image/chart/table and/or graph is allowed if:

1.       It is not deemed offensive or inappropriate (which includes images/photographs showing invertebrate or vertebrate animals/humans in surgical, necrotizing or dissection situations) by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, or Society for Science & the Public. The decision made by any one of the groups mentioned above is final.

2.       It has a credit line of origin (“Photograph taken by...,”or “Image taken from...,” or “Graph/Chart/Table taken from. . . .”). (If all images, etc. being displayed were taken or created by the finalist or are from the same source, one credit line prominently and vertically displayed on the backboard/poster or tabletop is sufficient.)

3.       It is from the Internet, magazine, newspaper, journal, etc., and a credit line is attached. (If all photographs, etc. are from the same source, one credit prominently and vertically displayed is sufficient.)

4.       It is a photograph or visual depiction of the finalist.

5.       It is a photograph or visual depiction for which a signed consent form is at the project or in the booth.
Note: Images used as backgrounds must also be credited.


Laser Requirements


Lasers may be used in a finalist’s display under the following guidelines. Display and Safety Inspectors may revoke the privilege and require lasers to be removed if careless or indiscriminate use is observed. Serious offenses may result in revoking the right to display.

1.       Class 1: A class 1 laser is safe under all conditions of normal use. It is allowed provided a finalist avoids indiscriminate exposure to other finalists, judges or visitors.

2.       Class 1M: A class 1M laser is safe for all conditions of use except when passed through magnifying optics such as microscopes and telescopes. It is allowed provided the finalist avoids indiscriminate exposure to others and does not utilize magnifying optics in the area of the laser.

3.       Class 2: A class 2 laser is safe because the blink reflex will limit the exposure to no more than 0.25 seconds. This only applies to visible-light lasers (400–700 nm).

4.       Class 2M: A class 2M laser is safe because of the blink reflex if not viewed through optical instruments. This applies only to visible-light lasers (400–700 nm). It is allowed provided the finalist avoids indiscriminate exposure to others and does not utilize magnifying optics in the area of the laser.

5.       Class 3R: A class 3R laser has a risk of injury if viewed directly. It cannot be used or displayed.

6.       Class 3B: A class 3B laser has a risk of injury if viewed directly. It cannot be used or displayed.

7.       Class 4: A class 4 laser has a risk of injury if viewed directly. It cannot be used or displayed.

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