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Reasons for Failing to Qualify at Intel ISEF

Most Common Reasons for Projects to Fail to Qualify at Intel ISEF

1. Human, vertebrate animal, or PHBA studies that did not have preapproval

  • Need IRB preapproval for human participant studies
  • Need SRC or IACUC preapproval for vertebrate animal studies
  • Need SRC or IBC preapproval for PHBA studies

2. Prohibited Vertebrate Animal Studies

  • Studies done at home/school/field that should have been done at a regulated research institution
  • Studies that caused more than momentary pain or suffering or that were designed to kill
  • Induced toxicity studies
  • Predator/vertebrate prey experiments
  • Studies where student performed euthanasia on a vertebrate animal
  • Studies with an animal death in any group or subgroup due to the experimental procedures
  • Studies where animals have a weight loss greater than or equal to 15%
  • Studies where there was an inappropriate restriction of water or food
  • Studies treated as embryonic studies that were actually vertebrate studies

3.  Prohibited Studies using Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (PHBA's)

  • Microorganisms were cultured at home
  • BSL-2 studies (including opening plates or containers of unknown microorganisms) done in a BSL-1 lab
  • Studies using human and other primate estalished cell lines without SRC pre-review and approval

4.  Prohibited Human Participant Studies

  • Studies where the IRB required written documentation of consents which were not obtained
  • Studies where the student used surveys/questionnaires without IRB pre-review and approval

5.  Eligibility Problems

  • Student worked with a partner or team but competed as an individual, or vice versa
  • Project was more than 1 year in length or was too old
  • More than three students on a team

6.  Scientific Misconduct

  • Plagiarism
  • Student presented mentor’s research as his/her own
  • Falsification of data

7. Other problems that may result in an FTQ

  • Continuation study which was merely a repeat of a previous project conducted by the student
  • Student removed or added items to the project display which he/she had been previously told to change

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