Getting Started

  1. Once your school has set up its online account, if you used Scienteer last year, you can log in with your username and password here. If you are new to Scienteer, your teacher must give you a link to create an account.
  2. All students must have their own Scienteer account (this includes projects designated as Team Projects.)
  3. Each student must have a unique e-mail address (different from other students or teachers).
  4. If you lose your password, contact your teacher, so they can reset it.
  5. Make sure your parents have an e-mail address. If they do not, help them create one with Outlook, Gmail, or Yahoo. The system will guide you in getting your parental permission. If you parents have no access to e-mail, Scienteer will instruct you to print out the forms, have them signed, and return them to your teacher.
  6. Students can’t access the online system until their parents have given permission.
  7. Login at and complete the required steps to setup your profile and signature.
  8. Follow the online steps to complete your project.
  9. The online system will guide you to create and fill out your forms and research plan. Follow the steps, step-by-step. The system will take care of your signatures as well.



Project Categories ***New for SEFH 2022***

Life Science

Animal Sciences (ANIM)

This category includes animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, etc.), animal life, animal development, animal life cycles, animal interactions with each other and/or their environment, and the study of animals at the cellular and the molecular level.

ISEF subcategories: Animal Behavior, Cellular Studies, Development, Ecology, Genetics, Nutrition and Growth, Physiology, Systematics and Evolution

Behavioral and  Social Sciences (BEHA)

This category includes the study of psychology, sociology, anthropology, archeology, etiology, ethnology, linguistics, animal behavior (learned or instinctive), learning, perception, urban problems, gerontology, reading problems, public opinion surveys, and education testing, etc.

ISEF subcategories: Clinical and Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Physiological Psychology, Sociology and Social Psychology

Biochemistry and Microbiology (BIO)

This category includes molecular biology, molecular genetics, enzymes, photosynthesis, blood chemistry, protein chemistry, food chemistry, hormones, bacteriology, virology, protozoology, fungal and bacterial genetics, yeast, etc.

ISEF subcategories: Analytical Biochemistry, General Biochemistry, Medicinal Biochemistry, Structural Biochemistry, Antimicrobials and Antibiotics, Applied Microbiology, Bacteriology, Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Genetics, Virology, Cell Physiology, Cellular Immunology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology

Medicine and Health (MED)

This category includes medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, veterinary medicine, pathology, ophthalmology, nutrition, sanitation, pediatrics, dermatology, allergies, speech and hearing, optometry, etc.

ISEF categories: Computational Biomodeling, Computational Epidemiology, Computational Evolutionary Biology, Computational Neuroscience, Computational Pharmacology, Genomics, Disease Detection and Diagnosis, Disease Prevention, Disease Treatment and Therapies, Drug Identification and Testing, Pre-Clinical Studies, Cell, Organ, and Systems Physiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology of Disease, Immunology, Nutrition and Natural Products, Pathophysiology

Plant Sciences (PLNT)

This category includes agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, plant biorhythms, palynology, plant anatomy, plant taxonomy, plant pathology, plant genetics, hydroponics, algology, mycology, etc.

ISEF categories: Agriculture and Agronomy, Ecology, Genetics and Breeding, Growth and Development, Pathology, Plant Physiology, Systematics and Evolution

Physical Science

Chemistry (CHEM)

This category includes physical chemistry, organic chemistry (other than biochemistry), inorganic chemistry, materials, plastics, metallurgy, soil chemistry, etc.

ISEF subcategories: Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

Earth and Environmental Sciences (EAEV)
***New for SEFH 2022***

This category includes studies of the environment and its effect on organisms/systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and life span, as well as studies of Earth systems and their evolution.

ISEF subcategories: Atmospheric Science, Climate Science, Environmental Effects on Ecosystems, Geosciences, Water Science

Energy and Transportation (EGTR)

This category includes aerospace, aeronautical engineering and aerodynamics, alternative fuels, fossil fuel energy, green energy science & technology, vehicle development, renewable energies, etc.

ISEF subcategories: Biological Process and Design; Solar Process, Materials, and Design; Energy Storage; Wind and Water; Movement Power Generation; Hydrogen Generation and Storage; Thermal Generation and Design; Triboelectricity and Electrolysis

Mathematics (MATH)

This category includes calculus, geometry, abstract algebra, number theory, statistics, complex analysis, probability, topology, logic, operations research, and other topics in pure and applied mathematics.

ISEF subcategories: Algebra; Analysis; Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Game Theory; Geometry and Topology; Number Theory; Probability and Statistics

Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)

This category includes the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two. Astronomy is the study of anything in the universe beyond the Earth.

ISEF subcategories: Atomic; Molecular; and Optical Physics; Astronomy and Cosmology; Biological Physics; Condensed Matter and Materials; Mechanics; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Theoretical, Computational, and Quantum Physics

Systems Software  (SOFT)
***new for SEFH 2022***

This category includes the study or development of software, information processes or methodologies to demonstrate, analyze, or control a process/solution.

ISEF subcategories: Algorithms, Cybersecurity, Databases, Human/Machine Interface, Languages and Operating Systems, Mobile Apps, Online Learning


Aerospace Engineering (AERO)

Aerospace Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the study and design, development, testing, improving and production of aircraft and related systems (aeronautical engineering) and of spacecraft, missiles, rocket propulsion systems and other equipment that operate beyond the earth’s atmosphere (Space Engineering). It includes the direction of the technical phases of their manufacture and operation.

ISEF subcategories: Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (ENBM)
***New for SEFH 2022***

The projects that aim to improve human health and longevity by translation novel discoveries in the biomedical sciences into effective activities and tools for clinical and public health use.

ISEF subcategories: Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, Biomechanics, Biomedical Devices, Biomedical Sensors and Imaging, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Synthetic Biology

Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (CEMS)
***New for SEFH 2022***

Materials science is study of the integration of various materials forms in systems, devices, and components that rely on their unique and specific properties. Chemical engineering includes the application of the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics to solve problems in the production, transport, or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and other products.

ISEF subcategories: Biomaterials; Ceramic and Glasses; Composite Materials; Computation and Theory; Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; Nanomaterials; Polymers

Embedded Systems  (EBED)
***New for SEFH 2022***

Studies involving electrical systems in which information is conveyed via signals and waveforms for purposes of enhancing communications, control and/or sensing.

ISEF Subcategories: Circuits, Internet of Things, Microcontrollers, Networking and Data Communications, Optics, Sensors, Signal Processing

Engineering Mechanics (ENMC)
***New for SEFH 2022***

Studies that focus on the science and engineering that involve movement or structure.  The movement can be by the apparatus or the movement can affect the apparatus.

ISEF subcategories: Civil Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Control Theory, Ground Vehicle Systems, Industrial Engineering-Processing, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Systems

Environmental Engineering (ENEV)
***New for SEFH 2022***

Studies that engineer or develop processes and infrastructure to solve environmental problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste, or the control of pollution.

ISEF subcategories: Bioremediation, Land Reclamation, Pollution Control, Recycling and Waste Management, Water Resources Management

Robotics and Intelligent Machines (ROBO)

This category includes studies in which the use of machine intelligence is paramount to reducing the reliance on human intervention.

ISEF subcategories: Biomechanics, Cognitive Systems, Control Theory, Machine Learning, Robot Kinematics

Rules and Guidelines


ISEF Rules and Regulations Changes:

  1. Projects involving culturing of microorganisms still must be done in a lab but will now also require Qualified Scientist Form 2 (Scienteer will add this form automatically).
  2. Projects involving genome editing that include alteration of germline cells, insertion of gene drives, use of rapid trait development systems (RTDS) etc. must be considered BSL-2 and conducted in a Regulated Research Institution and approved by the institutions IBC.
  3. Human Participant Studies done in a regulated research institution such as a university, must have IRB pre-approval from that institution.
  4. Projects involving the testing of student created Medical Devices on humans MUST be done in a regulated research institution.

To view all ISEF rules and regulations, please visit the Rules and Guidelines: page.

SEFH Changes/Reminders:

  1. Email addresses for teachers and students in Scienteer need to be checked and updated if necessary. Email will be an important method of contact. Please consider adding a cell phone number for the primary school contact in case schools are closed.
  2. Team Projects: SEFH Team Ruling replaces the ISEF #2 Team Ruling: Team members shall be comprised of two to three students from the same school and competing in the same project division (junior division or senior division).
  3. The award ceremony will be held on the UH campus in the Student Center South Houston Room, March 5, 2022.





    Project Deadlines

    • All entries must be separately completed online for each project.
    • Schools only register once.
    • Register online at Scienteer.
    • All entries MUST BE Finalized by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022.
    • Late entries will not be accepted.

    SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT: January 28, 2022, 5:00 PM


    These links will take you to an external site to upload your project.

    Science Fair Project

    Science Fair Rules and Guidelines are under the ‘Rules and Guidelines‘ Tab.

    For Schools and Teachers

    Project Quotas
    The Project Entry Quota represents the amount of exhibits (science fair projects may they be individual or team) that may advance to the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston per the criteria presented.

    Private* and parochial schools and districts with one – two high schools Districts with three – four high schools and / or academies Districts** with more than four high schools and / or academies
    (grade 9-12)
    (grade 6-8)


    1. ISEF – Student Science
    2. Showboard – A good source for SEFH display boards
    3. National Science Teachers Association
    4. MadSci – Scientific Reagents and Supplies
    5. Education Planet – Science Fair Teacher Resources
    6. Science Page – Science Fair Projects and Science Fairs


    1. Science Fair Projects on the web
    2. Science Bob – Science Fair Ideas


    1. ScienceDaily
    2. Environmental News Network
    3. New Scientist
    4. Amateur Science
    5. HomeworkSpot – Science Fair Project Center
    6. CHEM4KIDS

    The 8th Annual SEFH Seminar – September 11, 2021

    1. 8th Annual SEFH Seminar
    2. SRC Training
    3. The Road To Results
    4. Launching AJ-STEM
    5. Judging Matters


    8th Annual SEFH Seminar - Video Playlist


    1. Scienteer: Quick Start Guide
    2. Scienteer: Quick Start
    3. Scienteer: School and Teacher Guide


    If you have questions regarding Scienteer such as how to add your school, adding students to your class, or adding teachers, please contact the SEFH office.





    Project Deadlines

    • All entries must be separately completed online for each project.
    • All entries MUST BE Finalized by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022.
    • Late entries will not be accepted.

    WRITING CONTEST: January 28, 2022; 5:00 PM

    Writing Contest




    Project Deadlines

    • All entries must be separately completed online for each project.
    • All entries MUST BE Finalized by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022.
    • Late entries will not be accepted.

    POSTER CONTEST: January 28, 2022; 5:00 PM

    Poster Design




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