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.



Virtual Competition Information

As you complete projects this year, the pandemic has caused many adjustments that may affect the projects that you conduct and where you are able to do your research. The following resources are provided by the SEFH to help guide safe research practices and to provide information about the materials that you will need to create to present your project at SEFH 2021 that will be held virtually this coming February.
We encourage you to explore these resources and to also be sure that you have fully reviewed the 2021 International Rules & Guidelines to complete the appropriate documentation for your project and to obtain any necessary pre-approvals prior to beginning research.

  1. Conducting Research at Home
  2. Competition Materials Virtual 2021
  3. How to create a Video Presentation on PowerPoint
  4. How to create a Video Presentation on Zoom
  5. Uploading a Video to YouTube



  1. Student Participant Ethics Statement


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 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 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. The 2021 SEFH will be completely virtual.
  2. 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.
  3. Students will need to create a virtual presentation and upload project content.
  4. 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).
  5. Virtual Judging will take place over multiple days.
  6. Students who advance to Round two and Grand Awarding will need access to a computer with internet connection for their assigned judging time slot(s).
  7. The Award Ceremony will be virtual at on March 3, 2021.





    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 29, 2021.
    • Late entries will not be accepted.
    • Project competition materials must be submitted no later than February 5, 2021 by 5:00 pm. This includes project competition materials such as the Powerpoint Presentation, Video presentation, Lab notebook, Official Abstract, and if needed : Form 1c and/or and Form 7

    SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT: January 29, 2021, 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 Bob – Science Fair Ideas


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


    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 registrations must be separately completed online for each project.
    • All registrations MUST BE Finalized by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021.
    • Late entries will not be accepted.

    WRITING CONTEST: January 29, 2021; 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 29, 2021.
    • Late entries will not be accepted.

    POSTER CONTEST: January 29, 2021; 5:00 PM

    Poster Design




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