Do Not Display Guidelines

A few adults examine a display and receive an explanation form a young student.

The NIRSEF SRC Committee has the right to ask a student to remove or cover any materials that may be considered hazardous or dangerous or that have not followed the protocol of scientific procedures (e.g. protecting a subject’s anonymity).

*From the Intel ISEF 2017 Science and Engineering Fair International Rules and Guidelines (linked below)

Students who bring these items to the NIRSEF will not be allowed to set up their exhibits until these items are removed.

  1. Living organisms, including plants
  2. Soil, sand, rock, cement and/or waste samples, even if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic
  3. Taxidermy specimens or parts
  4. Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  5. Human or animal food as part of the exhibitor demonstration of the project.
  6. Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
  7. Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)
  8. All chemicals including water (Projects may not use water in any form in a demonstration)
  9. All hazardous substances or devices (Example: poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, and lasers)
  10. Items that may have contained or been in contact with hazardous chemicals (Exception: Item may be permitted if professionally cleaned and document for such cleaning is available)
  11. 3-D Printers
  12. Dry ice or other sublimating solids
  13. Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
  14. Flames or highly flammable materials (including magnified light sources). A Fresnel Lens cannot be used in confunction with a light source - it becomes an open flame. 
  15. Batteries with open-top cells or wet cells
  16. Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display and Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (for example, glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)
  17. Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, or Society for Science & the Public (Example: large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, pressurized tanks, etc.)

Exhibitors are not allowed to display:

  1. Any items that are acknowledgements, self-promotions or external endorsements (such as naming the research institution, mentor or patent pending statements) and/or are inteded for distribution including:
    1. Any disks, CDs, business cards, printed materials, etc. (including unofficial abstracts) designed to be distributed to judges or the public
    2. Flash drives, brochures, booklets, endorsements, and additional give-away items including, but not limited to, pins, key chains, food etc.
    3. Any awards or medals, except for past or present Intel ISEF medals that may be worn by the Finalist.
  2. Postal addresses, World Wide Web, email and/or social media addresses, QR codes, telephone and/or fax numbers of a project or finalist.
  3. Active Internet or email connections as part of displaying or operating the project at the INTEL ISEF.
  4. Prior year’s written material or visual depictions on the vertical display board.  (Exception: The project title displayed in the finalist’s booth may mention duration of the project.) For example, Year 2 of an Ongoing Study.  Please note continuation projects must vertically display the Continuation Project Form 7.

See full list of rules in the Complete INTEL 2017 Rules and Guidelines Booklet