Honors Division Rules & FAQs
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RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

 

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ELIGIBILITY

 

 

 

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COMPLIANCE

As a Society for Science affiliated science fair, all projects in the Honors Division must adhere to all rules set forth by the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair. Be sure to read and abide by the ISEF rules as well as the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair rules listed below.  

 

REGISTRATION:

 

SCHOOLS: Students that wish to pariticpate in the Honors Division must have their teacher register their school before 12:00 PM CST (NOON) December 9, 2022.

STUDENTS: Students that wish to pariticpate in the Honors Division must register their project before 12:00 PM CST (NOON) December 16, 2022.

 

APPROVALS:
IMPORTANT!
– Do NOT start your research project until:

The above steps must be completed BEFORE you begin your research.

 

Additional Approvals:  Projects involving any of the below need pre-approval by the Academy of Science - St. Louis Scientific Review Committee (SRC).

HUMAN STUDIES

 

ANIMALS
No animals (this includes invertebrates) should be harmed or caused pain.

circle notVIRUS/HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
IMPORTANT FOR 2023
Projects will NOT be allowed that handle, test, or sample virus or hazardous materials. Students may submit instead a research paper where students study reliable data. (Again, NO handling, sampling or testing of virus or hazardous materials allowed. NO testing water fountains, door handles, cell phones, etc.

BACTERIA/MOLD
IMPORTANT FOR 2023
Projects that handle, test, or sample bacteria and/or mold will be allowed for Honors Divsion.

POWER TOOLS
IMPORTANT FOR 2023
Power tools may be used by the Honors Division student with the supervision of a parent/guardian or teacher.

 

NO GUNS/DRUGS ALCOHOL
NO experiments will be allowed using firearms. No guns or firearms or bow and arrows of any kind. No Nerf guns or Nerf bow and arrows. No slingshots. Experiments using prescription drugs, illegal drugs or alcohol will NOT be allowed
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 RULES AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

Q. May I upload videos?
A. NO videos will be accepted.

Q. May I list my name and/or the name of my school in my upload (PowerPoint or log book)?
A. NO student or school names should be included.

Q. May I have pictures of faces in my upload (PowerPoint or logbook)?
A. NO pictures of faces should be included in your upload.

Q.  May I upload a Google doc?
A.  NO (Download the Google doc to your desktop as a PDF document, then upload the PDF)

Q.  May I submit a research paper instead of a PowerPoint presentation?
A.  YES, however if your project is the number one project in the honors division then you will be required to complete a display per the ISEF guidelines in order to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair.

OTHER SCIENCE FAIRS
Students entering the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair may NOT also enter a Science Fair in a neighboring community. For example, if you enter the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair, you may NOT also compete in the Mastodon Science fair or other science fairs.

# OF PROJECTS
Students may only submit 1 project to the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair.

RESEARCH PERIOD
Each project must cover research done over a maximum of 12 continuous months between February 15, 2022 and February 15, 2023. We are NOT allowing continuation projects from previous research.

TEAM PROJECTS
IMPORTANT FOR 2023 A maximum of two (2) Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair Honors Division students may work together on any one (1) project. Any award funds that are allocated to a team project will be evenly distributed between teammates. Any team project that is chosen to move on to ISEF may only choose one (1) student representative to attend ISEF.

EYE PROTECTION
Safety glasses must be used for any experiments if any kind of splash or particles may come in contact with your eyes.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
IMPORTANT FOR 2023 Regeneron ISEF 2023 will be a fully in-person event held in Dallas, TX at the 
Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center from May 13-19, 2023. All attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend Regeneron ISEF 2023. Vaccines must be FDA or US Department of State approved, and the last dose in the series must have been received no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of Regeneron ISEF. All Academy of Science Science Fair- Honors Division entrants are required to be eligible to attend ISEF 2023 and will be required to be vaccinated againt COVID-19 to be eligible for an invitation to compete at Regeneron ISEF 2023.


If you have questions, contact your science teacher or Jessica Winkler.