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International rules for pre-college science research

The 2017 International Rules are applicable for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2017 to be held in Los Angeles, California, May 14-19, 2017.

The International Rules for Pre-college Science Research: Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fairs is published annually to support students doing independent research safely. They are the official rules of the Intel ISEF and students competing at a Society-affiliated science fair.  

The purpose of these rules is to:

  • protect the rights and welfare of the student researcher
  • protect the rights and welfare of the human participant
  • ensure adherence to federal regulations
  • ensure use of safe laboratory practices
  • protect the environment
  • determine eligibility for competition in the Intel ISEF 2017

For rules questions, please contact the Intel ISEF Scientific Review Committee at    

Translations of the International Rules

Spanish - The text of the 2012 International Rules translated into Spanish in a downloadable format.

Arabic - The text of the 2013 International Rules translated into Arabic in a downloadable format.

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