Rules & Guidelines

LISEF Ethics Statement


Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. Such practices include plagiarism, forgery, use of electronic equipment during judging to obtain information relevant to your project, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs or the Intel ISEF.


General Eligibility For ALL Fairs

  • Each school must have a liaison
  • Each student may enter only one project that covers research done over a maximum of 12 continuous months between January 2018 and May 2019
  • All students (including all members of a team) must be affiliated with a Nassau or Suffolk County educational institution (home schooled individual/team must satisfy all of the Home-School Student’s Additional Requirements)
  • Grade Level Qualification:
    • Middle School Fair: Student must be enrolled in Grade 6 – 8
    • JV and LISEF Fairs: Student must be enrolled in Grade 9 – 12
  • Each project must satisfy all of the Intel ISEF rules and LISEF rules that apply
  • Team members may be enrolled in different Nassau/Suffolk schools.
  • A team may consist of 2 or 3 members.
  • Please be advised that the number of projects per school permitted to register for LISEF Inc.’s sponsored fairs in 2019 are:
    • Middle School Fair: 10 projects
    • JV Fair: 6 projects
    • LISEF Fair: Each School is given a Maximum School Allocation plus any projects awarded in a lottery process, posted as Final Allocation by October 18, 2018. (Schools not listed may enter 2 projects)
  • If a school liaison (LISEF/JV) certifies more than their allocation, then the order of online registration will determine eligibility.
  • When a MS school has reached their maximum allocation of projects for a given fair, no other student will be able to register from that school for that fair
  • Every registered student and every teacher that attends any of the three fairs must complete a Media Release Form

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