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 18, 2022 Regional Fair Registration Due.  All forms (Registration and Elementary Research Plan) submitted by e-mail to Fair Director (
March 4-5, 2022 March 4:  Fair backboard set up in San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center 9000 rooms.   Following setup, the backboard will be reviewed to ensure it follows fair guidelines.   All changes must be completed prior to 6:00 PM  

March 5:  Students are to be at their posters from 8:30 – 10:30 AM to meet with judges.

March 5, 2022 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Awards Ceremony.   
Connie Gotsch Theater at San Juan College.  



Submitting Paperwork for SRC Approval

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

  • 2022 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.