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I. A student may do one project in any of the (six) competition categories. TEAM projects are not allowed, students must complete their own individual project.  The project and exhibit must be entirely the work of the students; however, the students may seek advice and technical assistance from qualified persons. Students in grades 3 - 5 must place in the top three for their category /grade level at a local science fair to be eligible for the Permian Basin Regional Science Fair (PBRSF).

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:

  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:
    • Purpose of the project
    • Hypothesis
    • Procedures/Experiments
    • Results
    • 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 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 involving vertebrate animals will be accepted in the Junior Division ONLY if all International Science and Engineering Fair (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, 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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