A science fair project should be fun to do.  Science research does involve some risk, both to you the researcher, and to others involved in the project (including animals).   The rules of the International Science and Engineering Fair are designed to minimize this risk and promote safe research.   Please read through the rules that pertain to your research project.  If you have questions about the rules, please discuss them with your Adult Sponsor (teacher) and/or the Regional Science Review Committee. 

Fair Timeline

 Date     Event
February 19, 2021 Regional Fair Registration Due.  All forms (Registration, ISEF forms, Research Plan, Abstract, and PDF of Project Slides) submitted by e-mail to Fair Director (ottingerm@sanjuancollege.edu)
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.  
April 17, 2021 New Mexico State Science Fair
May 9-14, 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair.  ISEF will be virtual this year, with online judging and awards ceremony.


Required Forms

Submitting Paperwork for SRC Approval

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

  • ISEF Forms 1, 1A, 1B, and others, as needed for approval
  • Research Plan

to Dr. Michael Ottinger (ottingerm@sanjuancollege.edu).  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.