What's New

What's New for 2018

  • The Team Division no longer exists and thus teams will compete with single entries within each project category.
  • The University of Houston Athletic/Alumni Center, Main Campus continues to be the hosted site for the 2018 SEFH fair. The dates are February 23 – February 24, 2018 for registration and judging while the award ceremony will take place on  Saturday, March 3. 
  • SEFH has made changes to the time of the competition such that judging will now start at 9:00AM and end at 5:30PM. We are enthusiastic about this modification as we know it will greatly benefit all of our participants. 
  • SEFH has added two "NEW" project categories: Civil Engineering and Robotics and Intelligence of Machines.
  • The SEFH electronic registration system, Scienteer, is now open for teachers and district/school administrators. Student access will be available later in the month.Please visit http://sefhouston.org/registration for additional information.
  • Student abstracts handed out during SEFH are required to be copies of the downloaded "original abstracts" from Scienteer. All other abstract formats are not permitted.

Reminders for 2018

  1. Forms Required to be Visible and Vertically Displayed at each participants project:
  • Official/Stamped Abstract
  • Form 1C if research institution/industrial setting used
  • Form 7 if a continuation project
  1. The following four forms along with an abstract, a signed media release, and a Liability Release are required to be submitted electronically in Scienteer:
  • Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1)
  • Student Checklist (1A)
  • Research Plan (1A attachment)
  • Approval Form (1B)
  • Abstract (available at http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/document)
  • Media Release
  • Liabililty Release
  • Other forms may also be required depending on the proposed research.
  1. Projects which involve “human” studies need to be reviewed and approved by a properly constituted school or district IRB prior to any project experimentation. This places a lot of responsibility on local IRB’s when they complete Human Subject Form (4). After the IRB has approved the project and all committee members have signed this form, the student may begin recruiting and/or interacting with human subjects for the project. Local IRB’s should carefully study the Human Subject Rules and Guidelines before reviewing any student forms. When the project is submitted to SEFH it will be reviewed by the SRC for approval. If further information is needed the SRC will contact the student to obtain appropriate documentation.
  2. REMEMBER that each project will be inspected by both our SRC and Rules and Safety Committee on the evening prior to judging for compliance with the ISEF/SEFH Rules and Guidelines, and if the project is not approved by both of these committees, it will (as in previous years) be disqualified for participation in the fair. Some districts may decide to establish their own project review protocol (in addition to those for SEFH) for all projects that may be eligible for entry to SEFH.​
  3. On the Student Checklist (1A), the ACTUAL Start Date and the ACTUAL End Date will need to be completed by the student when the project is actually started and ended and not at the time of approval.
  4. All studies involving the use of microorganisms (including bacteria, viruses, viroids, prions, rickettesia, fungi and parasites), recombinant DNA technologies, and human or animal fresh tissues, blood or body fluids require pre-approval by the SRC (possible exceptions to this ruling are found at https://member.societyforscience.org/document.doc?id=635). A Risk Assessment is also required for these projects. And, studies in these areas of research are prohibited in a home environment. Pay close attention to the BSL requirements for these types of projects.
  5. Some SEFH winners may be chosen to participate in the I-SWEEEP 2018, which will be held May at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This major international fair is a very exciting event. About 1,000 students from 75 countries and 45 states will participate.
  6. All SEFH fair winners will be listed on our web site, http://www.sefhouston.org.
  7. Information on the INTEL International Science Engineering Fair (ISEF) can be found at http://www.societyforscience.org/isef. SEFH’s Grand Award winners or their alternates are eligible to attend this event.
  8. An interactive website at http://www.madsci.org is available to answer questions by students, teachers and parents in many areas of science and engineering.
  9. A good source for display project boards plus Science Fair Materials and Workshop Materials for Grades K-12 can be found at www.showboard.com or call showboard at 1-800-323-9189.
  10. HUNSTEM at http://hunstem.uhd.edu/PROJECTS.html is a valuable source for SEF-related project based learning materials and information sources.
  11. ISEF has a comprehensive searchable index of ISEF project abstracts from 2003-present. The direct URL to this is http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/absonline.