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Science Fair

 Louisiana Region 10 Science and Engineering Fair

to be held

Thursday, February 25, 2016

 For schools in the following parishes and grades:

6th – 12th Grades

Assumption                     St. John the Baptist

Lafourche                                   St. Charles

Terrebonne                                    St. Mary

Schedule of Events

Feb. 15, 2016                 Entry forms due to Nicholls – NO EXCEPTIONS
Feb. 25, 2016                 Check-in & judging in Student Union Ballroom
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.            Check in and Project Set-up
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.            Public viewing & Lunch on your own (safety checks)
11:30 a.m.                          Judging begins – each exhibitor must be present until judging ends
Approx. 3 p.m.                  Awards Program – Peltier Auditorium


Important Information

****Fair fees are $17 per person, $30 per team

**** A school representative from each school must be present to supervise students while judging is going on.

****A maximum of three (3) projects per category can be accepted from a parish fair or a total of ten (10) projects per school provided a parish fair is not held. 


Below is a list of all the forms the applicants may need during his/her experiment. Most of these forms should be filled out and signed before any research takes place. (Only Forms 1C, 7, and the abstract are done after the research.) The dates of the signatures reflect when the approval or consent is given. 

Entry Form – Every project must be submitted with an entry form. It must be filled out completely for project entry.

Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1)
The checklist is provided so that the adult sponsor can review what information (and therefore which forms) must be provided. The date signed is the date that the sponsor first reviews the project plan before the experiment begins. Please put sponsor’s email address on form.

Student Checklist (1A)
On this page, the student outlines what the project is about. Items that especially need to be clear are the following:

#5 Any project conducted in a similar area of research as previous projects should be considered a continuation. If the project is a continuation, explain on Form 7 as completely as possible how the project will differ from previous experimentation because ONLY a new and different research project is allowed. The current year project must demonstrate significant progress.

#6 Explain when the actual experimental procedure (not the background literature review) will begin and end because ONLY a 12-month project that occurred within the last 18 months before this Intel ISEF is allowed.

#7 Explain where the experimental research will be done: research institution, school, field, home. Universities, research facilities, and industrial settings will require additional documentation on Form 1C to explain what was done at each facility. (Note: Pathogens may NOT be cultured at home.)

#9 Attach a research plan, as outlined in the Research Plan Instructions, which describes the project in detail and answers all applicable questions. Do not turn in the Research Plan INSTRUCTIONS.

 Approval Form (1B)
All students and Parents/Guardians must sign and date this form.  Students and Parents should only fill out section 1 of this form. The rest will be filled out by members of the SRC at Nicholls.

Regulated Research Institution (1C)
This form is completed by the supervising adult, explains what the student researcher actually did and is signed after the project is completed. This form is only needed if the research was done at a research institution (university lab, for example) or in an industrial setting, but is not completed for work done at a high school.

Qualified Scientist (2)
May be required for research involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents, and DEA-controlled substances. On this page, the scientist explains what will be done to oversee this project. The qualified scientist or the designated supervisor, will sign with the date that they approve this project (before experimentation takes place).

Risk Assessment Form (3)
Required for projects using hazardous chemicals, activities or devices, and some PHBA’s including protists, composting, coliform test kits, and decomposition of vertebrate organisms and must be completed and signed by the DS or QS prior to student experimentation.

Human Subject and Informed Consent (4)
This page, along with the research plan, is submitted by the student researcher to explain to the IRB how the safety and well being of the test subjects and the confidentiality of results will be ensured. The IRB reviews the project, checks the risk level and determines if written documentation of consent/permission is required. All questions must be answered and boxes checked. Each IRB member signs with the date they approve this project. This review and the date signed must be BEFORE any experimentation takes place.

When required by the IRB, a written informed consent form is used to explain very completely to the research subject exactly what will happen to the subject in the project. (One must be done for every human participating in the experiment. See Sample Informed Consent Form) Questionnaires, sample tests, etc. MUST be given to the IRB.  If the subject wishes to participate and when required, the parent/guardian also agrees, they each sign the Informed Consent Form with the date that they approve. (Before experimentation begins).

Vertebrate Animal Form (5A)
This form is filled out by the student researcher only when the experiment is conducted in a Non-Regulated Research Site such as home or school and describes the housing and care for the animals. The SRC at Nicholls State University reviews this document the level of supervision. The bottom of the form is filled out by the veterinarian and/or designated supervisor and is signed and dated when they approve this project with these housing conditions. (Before experimentation begins.)

If there was any weight loss or death of an animal during the experimentation, the cause must be investigated and a letter from the Qualified Scientist, Designated Supervisor, or a veterinarian which documents the situation and the results of the investigation must be attached.

Vertebrate Animal Form (5B)
This form is filled out by the Qualified Scientist only when the research is conducted at a Regulated Research Institution and describes the study. A copy of the IACUC approval (not a letter from the Qualified Scientist or Principal Investigator) must be attached.

If there was any weight loss or death of an animal during the experimentation, the cause must be investigated and a letter from the Qualified Scientist, Designated Supervisor, or a veterinarian which documents the situation and the results of the investigation must be attached.

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (6A)
This form is filled out by the student researcher and is required for all research involving microorganisms, rDNA and fresh/frozen tissue (including primary cell lines, human and other primate established cell lines and tissue cultures), blood, blood products, and body fluids. SRC/IACUC/IBC/RAC approval required BEFORE experimentation.(This form can be emailed to the Fair director to check over before the start of the project. simone.harris@nicholls.edu). The qualified scientist will sign and date. The SRC will choose one or more statements that describe the approval process for the study and will add the date that approval occurred.

Human & Vertebrate Animal Tissue (6B)
This form is filled out by the student researcher and explains the source of the tissue. The Qualified Scientist or Designated Supervisor signs and dates to document the source and handling of this tissue (before experimentation).

Continuation Projects Form (7)
If the current project is in a similar area of research as any previous project of the student or any team member, it is considered a continuation. Explain as completely as possible how the project is different from previous experimentation because ONLY a new and different research project is allowed. The date signed is the date the student researcher is certifying that this information is correct.

Abstract Form 
The abstract is a summary of the study and is written after experimentation. We need 3 copies turned in.

For the official Rules and guidelines of the fair visit: Rules and Guidelines

Fair Rules

(1) ENTRY AND PRESENTATION. Any student who attends a public or private school in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, and the southern half of St. Martin is eligible to enter. Due to space limitations, a maximum of ten projects can be entered from a school fair provided a parish fair is not held. Parishes that have a parish fair in addition to school fairs may enter a maximum of three (3) projects from each category to represent all the schools in the parish or system.


(2) ENTRY FORMS All exhibits must be entered on the official entry forms and must be received on or before the date indicated in the schedule of events. Numbered spaces will be assigned and posted at the check-in and throughout the gym the day of the Science and Engineering Fair. Entry forms may be found on the website. Each school should print the required number of forms for student use. All items on entry forms must be filled in completely. Incomplete forms will delay or invalidate the entry form. Complete list of forms required click here.


(3) SPACE LIMITATIONS. EXHIBITS MAY NOT EXCEED SPACE LIMITS SET BY THE INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR. Front to back, max of 76 cm (30 inches); side to side, 122 cm (48 inches); and floor to top of project, 274 cm (108 inches). The height includes a table of 76 cm (30 inches).


(4) ELECTRICAL POWER. Exhibitors must request electrical power on the entry form. Electrical power will be limited to 300 watts; 110-120 volts AC. Exhibitor must provide their own UL approved extension cord.


(5) RESPONSIBILITY. Neither  the Science Fair Committee nor the sponsoring institution, Nicholls State University, assume any responsibility for the loss or damage to property of the exhibitor (or other visitors), although reasonable care will be exercised toward protecting each exhibit and to insure the safety of the exhibitor and other visitors.


(6) EXHIBITS. A student may enter only one project. Team projects may involve two or three students. Repetition of previous work is not permitted unless considerable alteration, approach, elaboration, or testing is evident. All exhibits must be constructed and assembled by the students themselves. The sponsor or other technically trained persons may give advice, but may not otherwise assist.

(7) SAFETY. Reasonable safety precautions should be observed in constructing an exhibit which could be hazardous to public display. See Display and Safety Regulations sheet for possible violations (at http://www.sciserv.org/isef) All equipment and tools necessary for installation must be provided by the exhibitor. A UL approved extension cord must be provided for apparatus needing electricity. Running water and gas cannot be supplies.


(8) THE PROJECT EXHIBITOR must be present during judging. Team projects must have one spokes-person to present the project, but all participants should be present for the judging process. The exhibitor/spokes-person will have a maximum of five (5) minutes to present the merits of the project (or longer, at the discretion of judge/s), plus additional time to answer questions, if any.


(9) REGULATIONS – The Louisiana Region 10 Science and Engineering Fair is required to follow local, state, and federal regulations concerning experimentation and public displays.


Anything which might be considered hazardous to public display is prohibited. This includes live disease-causing organisms, microbial cultures, flammable materials, dangerous chemicals, combustible solids, fluids, or gases, drugs listed under Drug Abuse control, or the operation of a Class III or IV Laser.


Rules for research involving humans, vertebrate animals, pathogenic agents, controlled substances, recombinant DNA, human & animal tissues, and hazardous substances or devices are quite specific. Before beginning a project of this type, the research plan must be formulated. There must be evidence of a literature search, and the type and amount of supervision must be established. When human subjects are used each participant must sign an INFORMED CONSENT CERTIFICATE. This applies to both adults and minors.



CATEGORY AWARDS. All First, Second, and Third place winners will be awarded an appropriate Regional Science Fair award.


General Information 


An area for unloading projects will be available at the back the Student Union. However, be prepared to park your car some distance from the gym.

Those involved in the Fair are invited to have lunch in the cafeteria or the Student Union.

Participants must remove their projects from the Union no later than the close of the awards presentation.

All entries should be submitted by the school at one time.

The designation of a discipline is the student and sponsor’s decision and will not be changed the day of the fair.

All entry forms must be reviewed by the sponsoring teacher prior to submission by the school to the regional fair.

All rules and regulations must be followed. Please note details, (e.g. exact project size, time limits, presentation, written papers, discipline entered.)

For the official Rules and guidelines of the fair visit: Rules and Guidelines




State Fair Information Coming Soon!

Required forms for State fair – Because of the short amount of time between Regional and State Fair, if you are chosen to go to the State Fair, certain forms are due the SAME DAY, so be prepared


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