Entrants must complete the MTSEF online registration as well as required ISEF forms to be eligible to compete at MTSEF.


Required Forms: 

The following forms are required to participate at MTSEF: 

2022 MTSEF Online Registration (available in September)

MTSEF and ISEF Forms (print, complete as necessary, and upload with MTSEF Online Registration) (available in September)

Sample Presentation Template

When registering online, you will be asked to submit the forms together as a single pdf with the filename Lastname_Firstname. Please use the ISEF Rules Wizard to identify which forms are applicable and must be submitted. Please arrange the forms within the pdf in the order:

Abstract (required)
1 - Adult Sponsor (required)
1A - Student Checklist (required)
1B - Approval Form (required)
Research Plan with a Bibliography (required)
1C - Regulated Research Institutional/industrial Setting (if applicable)
7 - Continuation Projects (if applicable)
4 - Human Participants and Informed Consent Form (if applicable)
2 - Qualified Scientist Form (if applicable)
Human Consent form (if applicable)
5A - Vertebrate Animal SRC Form (if applicable)
5B - Vertebrate Animal IACUC Form (if applicable)
6A - Potential Hazardous Biological Agents Form (if applicable)
6B - Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form (if applicable)
3 - Risk Assessment Form (if applicable)
Teacher Signature Form (required)

You may elect to mail in the forms (postmarked by the deadline), but you must still register online by the deadline. Postal mail instructions are provided during online registration.

Please note that when using the "Human Informed Consent Form" that the form supplied is a sample form. While you can use it as is, because the fillable text blocks of this pdf form allow your text to shrink to a very small size which is often illegible, it is not suitable for overly long descriptions. In this case you will need to reproduce the content of the form in its entirety. Alternatively, you can use the form provided, but place a note in the “Purpose of the project:” block to see attached description of the project. 

Additional ISEF Resources

ISEF Forms

Are you looking for ideas for your project? Check out the links and resources below!


Summary of Rule Changes for the 2022 MTSEF
will be available in September

2021 SRC and IRB Pre-Approvals

Projects requiring pre-approval CAN NOT be conducted until approval is received from the SRC or IRB.

  • IRB pre-approvals are now completed at the school-level. MTSEF will no longer pre-approve Human Participant Projects. 

  • Are you unsure if your project will require pre-approval?  Check the Rules Wizard

  • SRC meets monthly.  Final project pre-approval submission deadline is Friday, February 19, 2021.

  • Check International Rules for changes HERE

Notable changes for judging at MTSEF 2021

  • Judging will be virtually conducted using Zoom

  • Students are not required to create a posterboard

  • Students are asked to create a slide presentation with a program such as Google Slides, PowerPoint or Keynote, using the provided sample template

  • You will have 8 minutes to present your project and 2 minutes for questions from judges

  • Please do NOT exceed 16 slides. (The title slide does not count toward this total)

  • When presenting, there are two options:

    • Share your screen so that your slides are visible OR

    • Set your background as your slide presentation

  • When presenting data, charts or graphs, make sure that information is clearly visible

  • Do not feel compelled to include a bibliography as a separate slide. The bibliography will be included with registration paperwork

  • There are no middle school limitations on number of projects this year