High School Information

NWSE requires all High School participants to qualify for the state fair through a regional fair. Currently there are 7 regional fairs affiliated with NWSE and ISEF.

The Regional Fairs have varying deadlines for registration. The fair director is the best source of information. Contact information for fair directors can be found on the Regional Fairs list. Additional information on each regional fair can be found on the Regional Fair pages, located under the Regional Fairs tab in the menu above.

High School projects must be registered online by their Regional Fair date in order to qualify for NWSE.  The regional fair director will forward the forms they received to NWSE. Make sure your regional fair has the best possible copy of your forms. Paperwork needs to be uploaded to AFOR using your Google Folder.

Critical Information for All Projects

IMPORTANT: The date of the start of experimentation on Form 1A must be AFTER the dates of approval on Forms 1, 1B (and Forms 2, 3, 4, 5A, 6A and 6B if required.)

Projects involving human subjects (in any way), nonhuman vertebrate animals, pathogenic agents, controlled substances, recombinant DNA, or human or animal tissue or hazardous substances require additional approval BEFORE students begin experimentation/data collection. For help with determining a project’s risks read the ISEF Human Subjects Risk Assessment Guidelines.

Check the Forms Wizard page of this website to determine all the forms needed for a particular project. You can get more help on determining what forms are needed at the ISEF Rules Wizard.

Some Miscellaneous ISEF Rule Clarifications
(a) The best place to familiarize yourself with these rules is the ISEF rule book.

(b) Brand names that refer to protocols used or equipment used are ok. Student Names are allowed on Display Boards, School names are not allowed on boards. Students should retain original signed copies of all forms. Do not send original forms to any fair, including ISEF.

Small Team projects have special rules.

Multi-year projects have special rules.

Abstracts on displays must be exact copies of abstracts entered online.

The exhibit can only include research from a single 12 month period which must begin no earlier than January 2022 and end no later than May 2023. A student may only present 1 project.