Before submitting this Application, you should be sure that you satisfy the eligibility requirements for the Fair, qualifying through the appropriate County/Regional Science Fair.
Also before starting this application process, please make sure that you have all of the answers to the questions on the sample paper application at hand. In particular, we recommend that you not wait until you've completed the first half dozen pages before starting to compose your Project Summary. Instead, compose it in your favorite word processor ahead of time so that when you reach the page asking you for it, you can copy and paste each of the pieces (Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions) into the appropriate fields. Please note that the length of your Project Summary is limited to what will fit into the allowed space on a single printed page formatted as in the Application Packet. You will have an opportunity to see that page as your judges will see it, and can revise it, before you complete the application.
In order to assure you that your Application is being handled appropriately, please read and follow the procedure below.
| If you are a “Qualified Project” representing your
county or regional science fair (that is, you are not
an “Alternate Project”) you next need to mail
(that's right, mail via USMail)
Mail these items to:
|If you are an “Alternate Project” representing your county or regional science fair, you should not mail anything at this time. Instead, you should wait for notice as to whether or not you have been accepted into CSSF. If you are, you will be given directions to then, and only then, send the items listed on the left.|
“Qualified Projects” should send the card and Application Fee immediately because your Signature Card and Application Fee must be postmarked no later than your Application Fee Deadline which is two business days after your Submission Deadline.
“Alternate Projects” should follow the directions on the flyer given to them at their Awards Ceremony identifying them as alternates. In particular, alternates do not send in any money or signature cards unless they are announced on this web site as having been accepted.
For the purpose of meeting your Application Deadlines, your application will be considered “submitted” when you complete the last page of the application and receive your Confirmation Code, and “complete” when your Application Fee and Signature Card are received by the Fair. (The certification form is also necessary for some, but not all, projects.) Since incomplete applications will not be considered, you should mail these other items immediately after submitting the on-line application.
Your Application will be considered along with all of the other completed Applications. Assuming that your project was authorized by your affiliated County or Regional Science Fair and that it meets our acceptance criteria then you should receive notice of acceptance via e-mail no later than April 17, and via US Mail 7-10 days later. Names of students with accepted projects will be posted on this Web site as they are determined, and in all cases (except RIMS and Ventura County) by Sunday, March 31.
Monday, March 25, 7:13 pm:|
We are having serious problems tonight owing to the fact that so many students are trying to submit their applications at the same time. We are not Google with a farm of servers to support the load and beg your indulgence not to unnecessarily rush in as soon as you detect the web server has been reactivated. Please do not repeatedly push a submit button to re-submit when you don't see an immediate response. That only adds to the problem. If we can't get everyone's application in tonight, we will delay the deadline, so please do not panic and click buttons in an effort to get a response.
If you have gotten part of the way into the application when the database server freezes, do not close your browser. Instead, stay on the page and after 10-15 minutes, reload the page. That way the information you have already entered will be preserved in your application session. If you close the browser, or otherwise break the session, you'll have to start all over again.
The application is coming.
Go to the next step.
Now don't be alarmed...
If you are unable to access the application system owing to the web site on the following pages not being able to access the database server again, please phone (213)740-1101 or email CalifSF@usc.edu immediately.
See also our Frequently Asked Questions on the Application.Last updated: Wed Mar 27 08:42:00 PDT 2013