SRC Information

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Science and Engineering Fair

Science fairs want the students and subjects to be safe, so systems and paperwork are in place to document appropriate adult supervision for every project.

Guidelines for both
Topic Presenters Grades 5-12
Junior Level Research / Engineering Design Students

Get signatures on your Adult Checklist form. PDF

Guidelines for
Senior Level Research / Engineering Design Students ONLY

The work of the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) is crucial both to student and subject safety during the research process, and to the credibility of the students’ research when they go on to present it. And … you have to do this because IISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, said so!

The TNRSEF can review your SRC paperwork before you actually start the registration process, BUT IT IS BETTER TO HAVE A LOCAL COMMITTEE DO THE INITIAL REVIEW. Submit completed forms to your school’s Scientific Review Committee (SRC), the sponsoring company’s or college’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), or the TNRSEF SRC. If you must use the TNRSEF SRC, you will scan your completed paperwork to create a single PDF and email the file to the TNRSEF.


  1. TNRSEF Senior Research / Engineering Design Guide and Checklist PDF
  2. Use the ISEF Wizard to identify the paperwork that is required AND REVIEW IT WITH YOUR MENTOR, TEACHER OR PARENT!
  3. Interactive ISEF SRC Forms LINK
  4. 2017 Rules and Guidelines LINK

After a project has received SRC or IRB approval, the student submits any changes to the research plan for approval as well. This must be done immediately.

Ideally, no experimentation begins until an SRC or IRB notifies the student of project approval. This is particularly true with living subjects, certain chemicals, for example. Contact the TNRSEF immediately concerning already-completed projects.

Additional Resources:
IISEF operations guidelines for SRCs and IRBs LINK

Feel free to email our SRC Chair if you have questions concerning this process.

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