Display and Safety Regulations

What does the setup for my project display look like?

Your display will be a visual aid that will briefly state all the important aspects of your project: problem, hypothesis, experiment description, results/analysis, conclusions and applications.

Be sure to read through the Visual Display requirements as listed on the ISEF display and safety regulations page. Also, note that no photos of others are allowed, unless a signed release form has been submitted.

Besides the project board, your notebook(s) and the official abstract should be included. Also, have all of the originals of all forms required for your project.

We recommend that you only display computer or other valuable items while you are with your project. There is NO access to power, so you will not be able to recharge any electronics. The CSRSEF and Bellevue College are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

While CSRSEF adheres to ISEF display and safety regulations, we understand that in many cases, CSRSEF will serve as a student’s first competitive science fair. With this in mind, we encourage students to follow the ISEF display and safety rules, but CSRSEF will not disqualify a project unless unsafe for the participants, judges, or visitors (i.e. use of fire or explosives, large quantities of water, etc). Each project will be visited by a Display and Safety team, and they will let the participants know if their display would be in violation at other science fairs–most notably WSSEF and ISEF.

Maximum Size of Project:

Depth (front to back): 30 inches or 76 centimeters
Width (side to side): 48 inches or 122 centimeters
Height (floor to top): 108 inches or 274 centimeters.

Maximum project sizes include all project materials, supports, and demonstrations for public and judges.

Photograph/Image Display Requirements

Display of photographs other than that of the finalist must have a photo release signed by the subject, and if under 18 years of age, also by the guardian of the subject. Sample consent text: “I consent to the use of visual images (photos, videos, etc.) involving my participation/my child’s participation in this research.” (These forms must be availabe upon request by a Display & Safety inspector, but shall not be displayed.)

Finalists using audio-visual or multi-media presentations (for example, 35mm slides; videotapes; images, graphics, animations, etc., displayed on computer monitors; or other non-print presentation methods) must be prepared to show the entire presentation to the Display and Safety Inspectors before the project is approved.
Any photograph/visual image/chart/table and/or graph is allowed if:

  1. It is not deemed offensive or inappropriate (which includes images/photographs showing invertebrate or vertebrate animals/humans in surgical, necrotizing or dissection situations) by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, or Society for Science & the Public. The decision made by any one of the groups mentioned above is final.
  2. It has a credit line of origin (“Photograph taken by…”or “Image taken from…” or “Graph/Chart/Table taken from…”). (If all images, etc. being displayed were taken or created by the finalist or are from the same source, one credit line prominently and vertically displayed on the backboard/poster or tabletop is sufficient.)
  3. It is from the Internet, magazine, newspaper, journal, etc., and a credit line is attached. (If all photographs, etc. are from the same source, one credit prominently and vertically displayed is sufficient.)
  4. It is a photograph or visual depiction of the finalist.
  5. It is a photograph or visual depiction for which a signed consent form is at the project or in the booth.

Items/Materials Not Allowed at Project

The following is a list of what cannot be displayed at the project:

  1. Any items that are acknowledgements, self-promotions or external endorsements (such as naming the research institution, mentor or patent pending statements) and/or are inteded for distribution including:
    1. Any disks, CDs, business cards, printed materials, etc. (including unofficial abstracts) designed to be distributed to judges or the public
    2. Flash drives, brochures, booklets, endorsements, and additional give-away items including, but not limited to, pins, key chains, food etc.
    3. Any awards or medals, except for past or present Intel ISEF medals that may be worn by the Finalist.
  2. Postal addresses, World Wide Web, email and/or social media addresses, QR codes, telephone and/or fax numbers of a project or finalist.
  3. Active Internet or email connections as part of displaying or operating the project at the INTEL ISEF.
  4. Prior year’s written material or visual depictions on the vertical display board.  (Exception: The project title displayed in the finalist’s booth may mention duration of the project.) For example, Year 2 of an Ongoing Study.  Please note continuation projects must vertically display the Continuation Project Form 7.
*Any attempt to replenish or return removed items from the above list is a violation of the Ethics Agreement and will result in items being confiscated by the Display and Safety Committee and may result in the project failing to qualify for competition.

Other Display Regulations

  1. No changes, modifications, or additions to projects may be made after approval by the Display and Safety Committee and the Scientific Review Committee. Finalists who do not adhere to this signed agreement on the SRC/DS2 Form regarding this regulation will fail to qualify for competition.
  2. If a project fails to qualify and is not removed by the finalist, Society for Science & the Public will remove the project in the safest manner possible but is not responsible for damage to the project.
  3. It is highly recommended that your project number be placed on all notebooks or materials that will be left at your booth. A project data book and research paper are not required but are highly recommended.
  4. Judges will preview projects without finalists present beginning at noon on Tuesday.
  5. No Acknowledgements. 

Not Allowed at Project or Booth

  1. Living organisms, including plants
  2. Soil, sand, rock, cement and/or waste samples, even if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic
  3. Taxidermy specimens or parts
  4. Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  5. Human or animal food as part of the exhibitor demonstration of the project.
  6. Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
  7. Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)
  8. All chemicals including water (Projects may not use water in any form in a demonstration)
  9. All hazardous substances or devices (Example: poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, and lasers)
  10. Items that may have contained or been in contact with hazardous chemicals (Exception: Item may be permitted if professionally cleaned and document for such cleaning is available)
  11. 3-D Printers
  12. Dry ice or other sublimating solids
  13. Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
  14. Flames or highly flammable materials (including magnified light sources). A Fresnel Lens cannot be used in confunction with a light source – it becomes an open flame.
  15. Batteries with open-top cells or wet cells
  16. Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display and Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (for example, glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)
  17. Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, or Society for Science & the Public (Example: large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, pressurized tanks, etc.)


Last Updated March 1, 2017