Students competing in the Elementary Division (K-5) do not need to complete all of the ISEF paperwork.  However, they will still need to abide by ISEF rules for the safety of the investigator and all participants.   All projects will need to obtain Adult Sponsor (teacher) and Parent/Guardian approval before research begins.  Projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents, or hazardous substances and devices will require SRC/IRB approval before research begins.

Fair Time Line

 Date     Event
February 19, 2021 Regional Fair Registration Due.  All forms (Registration, Elementary Research Plan, PDF of Project Slides, QuadChart and Videos) submitted by e-mail to Fair Director (
March 1-5, 2021 Judging will be completed at scheduled times.  All students will meet with category judges through Zoom for a 15-minute interview that includes 5 minutes for the student to describe their project and 10 minutes for judges’ questions.  Some students will be invited to a second interview with special awards judges. 
March 6, 2021 Awards Ceremony.   The Awards Ceremony will be held as a Zoom conference.  



Submitting Paperwork for SRC Approval

If your project requires SRC approval before research, please e-mail a copy of the completed forms:

  • 2021 Research Plan – Grades K-5 with attached Project Description
  • Form 3:  Risk Assessment Form
  • Form 6A (if required)

to Dr. Michael Ottinger (  The SRC will review your plan and respond to you within one week.   If your plan is approved, the SRC will return the forms to you (or your Adult Sponsor) by e-mail.  If it is not approved, the SRC will explain what changes you need to make before approval can be granted.  When the changes are made, you may resubmit the forms for approval.   If you have questions about this process, please check with your Adult Sponsor (teacher) or contact Dr. Ottinger at the above e-mail address.