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. Each and every student must have their own account on Scienteer. (even if they are going to be on a team).
  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

Life Science

Animal science

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.

Behavioral / Social Science

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.

Biochemistry / Microbiology

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.

Medicine and Health

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

Plant Science

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

Environmental Science

This category includes pollution (air, water, and land), pollution sources and their control, waste disposal, impact studies, environmental alteration (heat, light, irrigation, erosion, etc.), ecology.

Physical Science


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

Computer Science

This category includes new developments in software or hardware, information systems, computer systems organization, computer methodologies, and data (including structures, encryption, coding and information theory), etc.

Earth / Space Science

Space science is the study of sciences related to planets, planetary systems, solar systems, the origin and development of the universe, and humans in space (e.g., Observation of and/or experimentally involved in Astronomy, Atmosphere, Meteorology, and the transportation, habitability and sustainability of humans and systems in space).


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.

Physics & Astronomy

This category includes optics, acoustics, particle, nuclear, atomic, plasma, superconductivity, fluid and gas dynamics, thermodynamics, semiconductors, magnetism, quantum mechanics, biophysics, astronomy, lasers, etc.

Energy & Transportation

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


Aerospace Engineering

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.

Chemical Engineering

This category 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. Projects may also include work in areas of chemical process safety, applied thermodynamics, mass transfer, heat transfer and fluid flow.

Civil / Electrical / Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineering: Studies that involve planning, designing, construction, maintenance of structures and public works, such as bridges or dams, roads, water supply, sewer, flood control and traffic.

Electrical Engineering: Includes electronics, digital computers, power engineering, telecommunications, control systems, radio- frequency engineering, signal processing, instrumentation, and microelectronics.

Mechanical Engineering: Involves the generation and application of heat and mechanical power and the design, production, and use of machines and tools.

Materials and Bioengineering

The study of the characteristics and uses of various materials with improvements to their design which may add to their advanced engineering performance.

Materials can include: Biomaterials, Ceramic and Glasses, Composite Materials, Nano Materials, Polymers, and Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Materials, and other. Additionally, studies can include computation, theory, and modelling of materials. Bioengineering or biomaterial studies can include but are not limited to studies involving any matter, surface, or construct that interacts with biological systems. Such materials are often used and/or adapted for a medical application, and thus comprise whole or part of a living structure or biomedical device which performs, augments, or replaces a natural function.

Robotics & Intelligent Machines

This category includes biomechanics, cognitive systems, control theory, robot kinematics, and machine learning.

Rules and Guidelines


ISEF Rules Changes:

All sections (human participant, vertebrate animals, PHBAs, hazardous substances) have been realigned to state general rules first and put exemptions at the end of each section.

  1. Human Participants
    1. Removed expedited review. Any project that requires IRB approval requires full approval.
    2. Clarification of Regulated Research Institution IRB and School IRB
    3. New section on human participant involvement in student-designed invention, prototype, computer application and engineering / design projects
  2. Vertebrate Animals
    1. Rule 6 – 15% is the maximum permissible weight loss for experimental animals compared to control group (page 10).
  3. PHBAs
    1. Studies involving rDNA technologies in which microorganisms, plants and/or animals have been genetically modified require close review to assess the risk level assignment. Some rDNA studies can be safely conducted in a BSL-1 high school laboratory with prior review by a SRC (page 14).
  4. Hazardous Chemicals, Activities, or Devices
    1. Clarifies sections on DEA-controlled substances, prescription drugs, alcohol & tobacco, firearms and explosives, drones, radiation, and lasers.
  5. Engineering Project Guide
    1. Rules now include a checklist for hazardous chemicals, substances, devices; human participants; vertebrate animals; PHBAs (page 20).
  6. Forms
    1. Form 1C is now two pages
    2. Form 7, Only current and previous project details are on the form.

SEFH Changes:

  1. Addition of Civil Engineering and Robotics and Intelligent Machines
  2. Exhibit area student code of conduct and enforcement.
    1. Students conducting themselves in disruptive, disrespectful, or destructive behaviors will be escorted out of the exhibit hall and handed over to their accompanying adult / teacher and may be disqualified from the competition.
  3. ISEF rule enforcement:
    1. Projects will be more highly scrutinized for potential rule violations, especially Human Participant Studies, Vertebrate Animal Studies, Microbiology and Continuation Studies. Those projects without the proper forms and approvals will fail to qualify for the competition.
  4. New Judge Criteria Scoring Sheet
    1. Modified to reflect the ISEF Judging Criteria
  5. Team Projects
    1. 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).
  6. Power Source
    1. SEFH will not provide any display areas with electrical outlets. You may choose to utilize photographs or a portable electronic device such as a laptop or tablet to illustrate portions of your project. SEFH assumes no liability in the event a device is misplaced or stolen. Care should be taken to secure your personal belongings.


The evening prior to and on the day of judging, each project approved by SRC prior to the fair will have received the official Regional seal on their printed abstract. The evening prior to judging each project will be inspected by the Display and Safety Committee for compliance with the ISEF / SEFH Rules and Guidelines. If a project is not approved, it will be disqualified from participating in the fair.

Project Deadlines

  • All registrations must be separately completed online for each project.
  • Schools only register once.
  • Register online at Scienteer.
  • All registrations MUST BE Finalized by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020.
  • Late entries will not be accepted at Student Check-In.

SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT: January 24, 2020; 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 7 & 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 Fair Resources
  3. Science Bob – Science Fair Ideas


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

Project Deadlines

  • All registrations must be separately completed online for each project.
  • All registrations MUST BE Finalized by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020.
  • Late entries will not be accepted at Student Check-In.

WRITING CONTEST: January 24, 2020; 5:00 PM

Writing Contest




Project Deadlines

  • All registrations must be separately completed online for each project.
  • All registrations MUST BE Finalized by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020.
  • Late entries will not be accepted at Student Check-In.

POSTER CONTEST: January 24, 2020; 5:00 PM

Poster Design




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