Entrants must complete the MTSEF online registration as well as required ISEF forms to be eligible to compete at MTSEF.
The following forms are required to participate at MTSEF:
MTSEF and ISEF Forms (print, complete as necessary, and upload with MTSEF Online Registration)
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:
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.
Are you looking for ideas for your project? Check out the links and resources below!
Summary of Rule Changes for the 2021 MTSEF
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
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
Volunteer Job Descriptions
Have you ever volunteered at a middle or high school science fair? If not, it's definitely something you should consider. From meeting other like-minded volunteers at the event, to putting on exciting science demonstrations for all fairgoers to enjoy, helping out at local science exhibitions is fun and rewarding!
If you're interested in volunteering with the MTSEF, it's easy to get involved.
Assure that only authorized judges or observers are admitted to the zoom and breakout rooms when judging is taking place.
Judges are knowledgeable and objective individuals who have the ability to assess students fairly and determine which project earned special awards. Technical judges assess design and should have a technical,
engineering, or science related background. A panel of judges interviews students about the research hurdles and discoveries the student faced in their overall project. Judge Advisor conducts training prior to the event and provides guidance during the competition.
The majority of judging takes place in the morning; however, we ask judges to remain for the duration of the competition to congratulate teams and hand out medals and trophies.
Scorekeeper - Judging:
Official manager of the scoring sheets and official score spreadsheet.
Experience And Skills Needed: Attention to detail is critical, ability to sit for long periods of time, must be able to use Excel to enter data