40 Years UTPB - The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

International Science & Engineering Fair Definitions

 PROJECT SUMMARY

The Summary should have a heading at the top of the page with the student's name(s), grade, project competition category, school name and sponsor's name. The Summary should include the project title and a description of the project, including:

  • Purpose of the project
     
  • Hypothesis
     
  • Procedures/Experiments
     
  • Results
     
  • Conclusions

Make two copies; send one, keep one to be displayed on the exhibit.

ADULT SPONSOR

An Adult Sponsor may be a teacher, parent, university professor or scientist in whose lab the student is working. This individual must have a solid background in science and should have close contact with the student during the course of the project.

DESIGNATED SUPERVISOR

A Designated Supervisor is an adult who supervises a student’s experiment. The Designated Supervisor need not have an advanced degree, but should be thoroughly familiar with the student’s project, and must be trained in the student’s area of research.

QUALIFIED SCIENTIST

The Qualified Scientist should possess an earned doctoral/professional degree in the biomedical sciences. However, a master’s degree with equivalent experience and/or expertise is acceptable when approved by a Scientific Review Committee (SRC). The Qualified Scientist must be thoroughly familiar with the local, state, and federal regulations that govern the student’s area of research.

INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD

A committee that, according to federal law, must evaluate the potential physical or psychological risk of research involving human subjects. The IRB must have a minimum of three members, to include at least: Must have Approval Form (1B) signed by one or all of:

  • A SCIENCE TEACHER
     
  • A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR
     
  • ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
    • Psychologist
    • Psychiatrist
    • Medical Doctor
    • Registered Nurse

SCIENTIFIC REVIEW COMMITTEE

This committee (SRC) must consist of a minimum of three members, including

  • A BIOMEDICAL SCIENTIST
    (Ph.D., M.D, D.V.M., D.D.S., or D.O.)
     
  • A SCIENCE TEACHER
     
  • AT LEAST ONE OTHER MEMBER

The Fair Director
Dr. Stephen Nelson
(432) 552-2227
e-mail at nelson_s@utpb.edu