What is ISEF?

This year the competition for our top 3 Grand Champion winners was held in in Phoenix Arizona

Sunday, May 8, 2016 to Friday, May 13, 2016


  • CASEFPlease review this information carefully. A copy of the 2016 ISEF rules and guidelines manual can be found at ISEF
  • ALL studies involving the use of microorganisms (including bacteria, viruses, viroids, prions, rickettsia, fungi, and parasites), recombinant DNA (rDNA) technologies or human or animal fresh tissues, blood, or body fluids require pre-approval by the SRC.
  • ALL studies in the areas of research listed above are prohibited in a home environment.
  • A risk assessment is required for all projects in these research areas.
  • Research projects in the areas of research listed above are now classified into biosafety levels that require appropriate biosafety containment. Essentially, biosafety level 1 research may be conducted in a high school with a trained designated supervisor.
  • Projects involving unknown microorganism (i.e. those collected from the environment) have additional rules and restrictions.
  • Some tissues do not need to be treated as potentially hazardous biological agents (i.e. plant tissue, established cell lines, hair, etc.). Refer to the additional rules for projects involving tissues including blood and blood products.