Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair (HSEF) Advancement Track Timeline for Senior Division Projects
What is the Senior Division HSEF Advancement Track for the TSEF?
This registration track is for those exhibitors wishing to compete for Grand Awards, advancement to the 2019 Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair (HSEF), and ultimately, advancement to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Non-HSEF Advancement Track participants are still eligible for local, national, and Honorable Mention Grand Awards. It will be assumed that exhibitors submitting appropriate paperwork prior to the October 12th deadline are participating in the HSEF Advancement Track. All others will be placed in the Non-HSEF Advancement Track but will still be required to adhere to all International Science and Engineering Fair research safety protocol. Rules for all projects can be investigated at https://student.societyforscience.org/rules-all-projects. Research papers are required in order to compete in the Senior Division HSEF Advancement Track.
What is the Senior Division Non-HSEF Advancement Track?
This registration track is for those exhibitors wishing to compete in the Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair but are unable to meet the October 12th SRC pre-approval submission deadline. Exhibitors competing in this track are still required to follow all ISEF rules and submit paperwork, however ISEF forms and paperwork will not be subject to the scrutiny that those of the HSEF Advancement Track will be. Research papers are not required for the Non-HSEF Advancement Track.
Why were the two tracks developed?
The two tracks were developed to ensure that those wishing to compete for advancement to the HSEF are on track to do so and that their paperwork has been completed properly over the course of their research and that ISEF rules have been followed. When mistakes are made and forms are overlooked, disqualification at the state level is imminent. Two tracks gives fair coordinators focus in mentoring students early and often in the process to ensure no one is disqualified after advancement.
Tip for All Exhibitors: Do not plan to experiment using vertebrates, humans, or potentially hazardous substances if you are not prepared to work under the direct supervision of a qualified scientist in an appropriate facility and gain SRC or IRB approval beforehand. There are many avenues of research that do not require heavy oversight.
August – October
October 12, 2018 - PRE-EXPERIMENTATION REVIEW
Senior division projects, especially those involving human subjects (including anything you are testing on yourself), vertebrate animals, or potentially hazardous chemicals, activities, devices, or biological agents, are required to apply for an SRC pre-experimentation review. Exhibitors wishing to enter the HSEF Track involving any of the aforementioned items, must have the following pieces completed and turned into the TSEF Safety Review Committee via the www.sefireg.org portal prior to experimentation and prior to October 12, 2018. Exhibitors unable to meet this deadline should plan to compete in the TSEF in the Non-HSEF Advancement Track and are highly discouraged from conducting experiments involving human subjects (including anything you are testing on yourself), vertebrate animals, or potentially hazardous chemicals, activities, devices, or biological agents. USI’s Safety Review Committee will notify students of approval or rejection within two weeks of submission. If you do not hear back from USI's SRC in two weeks, please follow up at firstname.lastname@example.org. Experimentation cannot begin until SRC approval has been gained. Schools are allowed to set up their own SRCs to expedite the approval process if they wish. Those interested in doing so should contact Allison Grabert, TSEF Director.
October 2018 – February 2019
February 8, 2019
March 7, 2019
March 30, 2019
May 12 – 17, 2019