The project presentation replaces the project poster used during in-person fairs.  The format of the presentation will follow the guidelines used by the Virtual ISEF 2021.  Complete details including formatting requirements are available in the Project-Material-Guidelines-for-Regeneron-ISEF-2021.  The project presentation will consist of three required parts and may include three optional parts.

    • Project Presentation PDF file 
    • A Quad Chart
    • Project Video for public viewing.
    • Video Demonstration/Simulation
    • Research Paper
    • Lab Notebook Excerpts.


Project Presentation PDF file

You may prepare your Project Presentation using any software tools that you desire, but the final document submitted for display to the judges and the public must be a PDF file and satisfy the following requirements.

Format Requirements:

  1. A single PDF document limited to no more than 12 pages in standard 8½”X11”.
  2. The PDF document must open with default magnification “Fit Page” so that the entire page is visible at the same time. Recognizing that almost all judges will view your Project Presentation on screens that are wider than they are tall, you should create all pages in Landscape mode.
  3. Your PDF document must not have instructions to open in “full screen mode.” Eliminating this mode automatically precludes page transitions and embedded videos or animations, so do not attempt to include these in your Presentation. (There is provision elsewhere in your submission for an optional video if you need something to move in order to illustrate your project.)
  4. The page background color must be white.
  5. Text color must be predominantly black, but limited color for emphasis is acceptable.
  6. All text should be readable easily when viewing the entire page at once. The smallest allowable font size of body text is 14 pt. Exception: You may use a smaller font size, down to 10 pt., for figure captions or photo credits.
  7. All Project Presentation elements must conform to Display & Safety rules as if placed on a physical poster for display to judges and the public. Passing a Display & Safety inspection will be required to compete.
  8. Project Presentation must be ADA compliant. 
  9. Do not use non-standard fonts or colors to “stand out from the crowd” or to be entertaining. It is recommended that you use a font such as Arial, Calibri, Helvetica or Century Gothic.  This will help with ADA compliance.
  10. Page titles should all be the same size. That size should be larger than headings within each page. In turn, headings should be larger than body text. For readability, we recommend body text be no smaller than 18 pt.
  11. Avoid long expository paragraphs. State your points succinctly.
  12. Use bullets to set out individual points of interest. Use numbered lists when the ordering of points of interest is important (e.g., instructions to be followed in order, or items needing a reference anchor for citation elsewhere in your Presentation).
  13. All body text should adopt a common font style and size. Similarly, all heading text should adopt a common font style and size. There is no recommendation for the style and size relation between body and heading text.

See Project-Material-Guidelines-for-Regeneron-ISEF-2021for suggestions on information to contain in the PDF File and additional formatting recommendations.


Quad Chart

A “quad chart” is a single page divided into four quadrants providing a high-level summary of the project. It is intended to be more visual than detailed in order to quickly introduce your judges to what is important about your project. 

Format Requirements:

  1. You must use a page size no larger than either American standard 8½”X11”
  2. The page background color must be white.
  3. Text color must be predominantly black, but limited color for emphasis is acceptable.
  4. The minimum allowable font size is 14 pt. Exception: You may use a smaller font size, down to 10 pt., for figure captions or photo credits.
  5. All four quadrants of your Quad Chart should each be the same size with a single border line delimiting each, as in the examples below. The Title section should be only as tall as necessary to include your project title and other identifying information.
  6. The Quad Chart should not include a bibliography, references, or acknowledgments.  

Here is a template for the Quad Chart:  QuadForm


 Project Video

Record a video (maximum duration 2 minutes) explaining your project. The target audience for this video is members of the general public who will visit the fair website. While judges will have access to this video, it will not be the focus of their project review. What to include in your video:

  • Introduce Yourself: State your full name and your school/city/state. Rather than reciting your project title, consider explaining your project in a single sentence.
  • Explain Your Project: Summarize your research into main points:
    • What did you do?
    • What did you find?
    • What conclusions did you draw?

To note:

  • You can use any props or visuals you may have that are within the Display & Safety guidelines.
  • Do not include anyone in your video other than the student researchers of the project.

These videos will not be edited except to add close-captioning. To ensure your video is the best representation of your work, please keep these best practices in mind while filming:

  • Film yourself in a well-lit and non-distracting environment so the viewer’s focus stays on you and your work.
  • For best results, film your video horizontally (landscape).
  • Keep the camera still and in place during filming.
  • Speak clearly and loudly enough that the recording is able to pick up every word you say.
  • Avoid long pauses.
  • Listen to your video after recording to ensure your voice is clear and audible, and that the video has not picked up too much background noise


Optional Video Demonstration (1 minute maximum)

If a project is best explained by showing a demonstration, simulation or animation, you may include a short video, no longer than 1 minute.


Optional Research Paper

SJRSEF does not require any project to include a research paper. However, many participants have completed such a paper through the research process and would include it at their booth during an in person fair. If you have prepared such a paper, you may upload it to share with judges, though judges are not required to review it.   This may be the same paper that you have submitted to the NMJAS Paper Competition.


Optional Lab Notebook Image/Excerpt

SJRSEF does not require any project to submit a laboratory notebook. However, many participants have this record of their research timeline and process and typically have it available at their booth. A student may upload a PDF of up to 4 pages of a lab notebook to provide evidence of its use, but it is strongly advised NOT to share the notebook in totality to protect your intellectual property.