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I. A student may do one project in any of the 15 competition categories. An individual project must be the student’s own work. Team projects produced by no more than three students may also be entered, although no student may enter as an individual and as a team member. Team projects will be judged as a separate category, competing with all other team projects. The students working on a team project must be from the same school and in the same grade. All projects and exhibits must be entirely the work of the student(s); however, advice and technical assistance may be sought from qualified persons. Students in the sixth grade must qualify by placing first, second, or third at a local fair.

II. The identical repetition of a previous year’s work is not permitted. However, a student may exhibit continuing research of a problem studied in previous years if significant progress has been made. The previous year’s Summary and results must be sent in with this year’s entry and be made available for the judges at the Fair.

III. Exhibit space will be limited to 75 cm (30 inches) deep, front to back; 122 cm (48 inches) wide, side to side; and 270 cm (108 inches) high, floor to top. [Tables furnished are 75 cm (30 inches) high.] Any exhibit exceeding these dimensions will be disqualified.

Furthermore, all project displays must conform to all Display and Safety Regulations. Please note there have been some changes from past regulations.

IV. In addition to all required International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) forms, two items must be submitted for each project:

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1)  Permian Basin Regional Science Fair Senior or Intermediate ENTRY FORM

2)  PROJECT SUMMARY - make two copies; send one, keep one to be displayed on the exhibit. 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:

  1. Purpose of the project
  2. Hypothesis
  3. Procedures/Experiments
  4. Results
  5. Conclusions

The Summary should be typed or neatly written by the student on typing or notebook paper. One copy of the summary is to be sent with the Entry Form. This copy will be reviewed by the Permian Basin Regional Science Fair (PBRSF) Scientific Review Committee for compliance with the rules. A second copy of the Summary is to be attached to the exhibit.

To determine which ISEF forms are required for each project, use the Form Wizard or view this checklist.

To receive confirmation of entry by PBRSF, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard with entry.

V. Projects will be accepted in the Senior Division ONLY if all ISEF rules are followed. This includes completing all required ISEF forms for research involving humans, any other vertebrate research (this includes fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds), or research using human or non-human animal tissue. Similarly, projects which involve pathogenic agents, controlled substances, recombinant DNA, or hazardous substances or devices, require the completion of one or more special forms. Explicit rules which must be followed and the forms which must be submitted are included in this package. If there are any questions about these rules or forms, call the Fair Director before beginning the project and a ruling will be made by the Scientific Review Committee.

The Fair Director
Dr. Stephen Nelson
(432) 552-2227 
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