Eligibility Rules 2015
- Affiliated Fair.
Qualification to the California State Science Fair is through an
affiliated county or regional science fair, and is by being
specifically identified as a qualified (or an alternate) project from
the affiliated fair. (See Affiliated
Fairs Note below.) Each student must qualify through the
affiliated fair responsible for the geographical domain including the
student's school. Exception requests, including students whose schools
are not accepted by any current affiliate, must be emailed to
Projects which have placed in the top forty in the Intel Science Talent
Search also qualify for entry; such projects are not counted against
the allocation of any affiliate.
- California Student. Each applicant must be a
student in an educational institution recognized by the State of
California and enrolled in grades 6-12 at the time of qualification.
Students in grades 6-8 participate in the Junior Division, while
students in grades 9-12 participate in the Senior Division.
- Single Entry.
Each student may enter only one project in the Fair. Each project may
have one to three authors. Team projects will be placed in competition
with individual projects in the same categories, though judging panels
will have a higher level of expectation for team projects commensurate
with the number of students on the team. All work must be done by the
student(s) named as author(s). Projects entered into the Fair under an
individual's name but discovered by the judging panel to have been
prepared by a team of more than one student will be disqualified.
- Categorization. The Directors of Judging will
determine, upon review of submitted Project Summaries, the correct
category for each project. The California State Science Fair reserves
the right to disqualify any project due to poor quality,
incompleteness, or inappropriateness of project content.
- New Research. Any project reentered from a past
State Science Fair must show substantial new research and
development to be eligible for an award. Final determination shall be
made by the category judges.
- Supervision. Students not accompanied by their
own parent(s) must be under authorized supervision by an adult
escort, teacher, or administrator. Each student must have appropriate
signed permission form(s) as required by his/her own school district.
The California State Science Fair is not responsible for the
supervision of any participant.
All Eligible Projects Will Not Necessarily Be Accepted
affiliated fair has been allocated a maximum number of projects which
it may qualify to CSSF. Affiliates may also identify a small
number of alternates for consideration if qualified projects elect not
to apply. Every project should be informed by the affiliate whether
they are qualified or an alternate.
IMPORTANT: Qualified projects are guaranteed
priority over alternates only if completed by
the relevant deadlines. Any project
completed later will not be considered if projects completed earlier
(qualified or alternate) have filled the affiliate's allocation. All
projects are also subject to the quality
review described elsewhere.
Affiliated fairs will normally not be able to designate all
First, Second, and Third place award winners as eligible for the
California State Science Fair owing to
allocation limit described in the previous paragraph. Each affiliated
fair must provide to CSSF the list of students and projects from their
fair which have been selected as eligible for the California State
Science Fair. At the affiliate's discretion, a prioritized list of
approved alternates may also be provided.
Wed Feb 25 16:58:55 PST 2015
California State Science Fair
Eligibility Rules 2015