Getting Ready for the 2018 Science Fair

Prior to participating in the Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair (HSSEF), it is critical that every project is evaluated by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) at the District/Regional level to ensure compliance with rules and regulations set forth by the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). We cannot stress enough the importance of completing this process prior to participation, and in some cases, prior to experimentation (e.g., the use of potentially hazardous biological agents and/or projects involving vertebrate animals). Failure to do so in a timely manner can affect the review process and your ability to advance.  For Pre-Approval Instructions within your district/region please contact the appropriate fair office:  District Fair Contact List

ISEF has provided a very useful navigational tool that directs participants to the appropriate forms required for their project:

Science Fair Rules Wizard

We highly recommend that all students, whether new or veteran, utilize this tool to avoid any potential issues. The new 2018 forms are now available.  NOTE - PLEASE USE THE OFFICIAL ISEF ABSTRACT WITH 22 CATEGORIES:

Required Forms for ALL Projects:

Required Forms for projects with human subjects, vertebrates, hazardous materials, continuation research and institutions:

For more details and instructions about the types of risks associated with your project please click on the following link:


We encourage students and teachers to meet with our staff and gain a better understanding of what is required of them before competition. Please complete the form below and set-up an appointment to discuss the plans of your research project. Consultations are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. We will contact you with the time and location when your appointment has been scheduled. If you are a student/teacher from the Neighbor Islands, please select "I am from the neighbor islands" option in the appointment menu, and we will contact you to schedule a phone consultation.


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