Make sure you read and understand the following rules and regulations
before you start your entry. You might want to review them with
a teacher or advisor.
For the complete set of rules, regulations, and instructions
click the Document Library link to the left.
Please read these Web pages carefully. Follow rules and complete
forms as required: failure to do so may disqualify your entry.
- Any student who is enrolled in and attending their last year
of secondary school (public, private, or parochial) in the
United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American
Samoa, Wake and Midway Islands, and the Marianas; or
- Any American student (a United States citizen) enrolled in
their last year of secondary school attending:
- a Department of Defense Dependents School or an accredited
overseas American or International School; or
- a foreign school as an exchange student; or
- a foreign school because his/her parent(s) are temporarily
working and living abroad.
- Entrants must have completed the high school courses required
for college applications and must not
have entered any previous STS. Check with a counselor to verify;
have them complete Part IV.
- Sons and daughters of Society for Science & the Public employees, Science
Talent Search Evaluators or Judges are not eligible to enter
the Science Talent Search.
- Each student may enter only once, must be able to attest
to all statements in the signature block on p. 3 and submit
a signed entry to be eligible for judging.
- The research project must be the work of a single student.
There is no time limit on the length of research. Student
group or team projects are not eligible.
- Each student’s report, including title page, text,
and all appendices, tables/charts, etc., may not exceed 20
pages total. Students should select a report format which
suits their research. At their discretion, judges may disqualify
reports that exceed the 20-page limit.
The entire entry must be submitted on 8 ½ X 11 inch
single-sided paper. Your name must appear in the upper right-hand
corner of each page, which must have at least a one-inch margin
and be double-spaced in a legible text font of 12 pt. STS records
and proceedings remain the sole property of Society for Science & the Public.
- Each entry must include the STS Entry Form. Students must
complete Parts I and II. Part III must be completed by one
(but no more than three) teacher/advisor(s). Part IV must be
completed by the guidance office and signed by the principal
and submitted in a sealed envelope that also contains an official
signed/sealed copy of the student’s high school transcript
and standardized test scores to-date. (SAT, ACT, etc.)
A student who attended a summer or pre-college research program,
or worked in a scientist’s laboratory, and based an Intel
STS entry on that research, must have the Supervising Scientist
complete Part IIA, which addresses the student’s independence
and creativity. Other Supplemental Forms, also to be signed
by the Supervising Scientist, may be required due to research.
- No projects involving live non-human vertebrate animal
experimentation will be eligible.
Live vertebrates are defined as any live, non-human vertebrate, mammalian
embryo or fetus, bird and reptile eggs within three days (72 hours) of
hatching, and all other vertebrates at hatching or birth.
Excluded from the above rule are:
All of the abovementioned projects MUST have a Non-human Vertebrate
Animal Exception Form completed by the Supervising Scientist,
which attests to compliance with this rule. The completed form
may be enclosed with the entry or sent separately, but MUST
arrive at Society for Science & the Public no later than 8:00 p.m. ET,
Wednesday, November 19, 2008.
- Projects involving animals in their natural environment that are
non-invasive and non-intrusive studies (i.e. observational, behavioral)
that do not affect an animal’s health or well-being by causing
stress, discomfort or pain and in which the student will have no
physical contact with the animal(s).
- Projects being conducted in a registered institution or laboratory
where animal experimentation is taking place and in which the student
will have no physical contact with the animal(s); and
- the student works only with non-living material (e.g.,
tissue, blood) that has been supplied to the student by the
supervising scientist; and
- the animal(s) involved is sacrificed for a purpose other
than the research being done by the student.
- All research involving human subjects, including any revisions,
must be reviewed and approved by an appropriate Institutional
Review Board (IRB) prior to the start of research.
A human subject is defined as a person about whom an investigator
(professional or student) conducting scientific research obtains (1)
data through intervention or interaction with the person or (2)
identifiable, private information.
It is incumbent upon the student researcher and newly-forming
Institutional Review Boards to consult authoritative resources
on human subject study guidelines. Ongoing education in proper
research methodology and risk/benefit determination is paramount.
Student researchers should weigh all factors when considering
research in human behavior or biomedical research; protection
for themselves and their subjects from risk should be a primary
Completion of the on-line certificate-granting training at http://ohsr.od.nih.gov is
strongly recommended for students prior to planning any human
subject study and for new high school IRBs or any new IRB members.
Additional resources may be found at the websites: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.htm and http://www.nih.gov/sigs/bioethics/IRB.html.
Once a study population is chosen, the student researcher
must assess any potential physical and/or psychological risks
when developing the research plan. In evaluating risk, students
and IRBs must use the following federal definition of minimal
risk as a guide:
No more than minimal risk exists when the probability and magnitude
of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater (in
and of themselves) than those ordinarily encountered in DAILY LIFE or
during performance of routine physical or psychological examinations
The following risk groups require additional safeguards because
they have been judged as vulnerable to coercion or undue influence:
The following are examples of activities that contain more
than minimal risk:
- Any member of a group that is naturally at-risk (e.g.,
pregnant women, individuals with diseases such as cancer,
asthma, diabetes, cardiac disorders, psychiatric disorders,
dyslexia, AIDS, etc.)
- Special vulnerable groups that are covered by federal regulations
(e.g. children/minors, prisoners, pregnant women, mentally
disabled persons, or economically or educationally disadvantaged
- Exercise other than ordinarily encountered
in DAILY LIFE by that subject.
- Ingestion of any substance or exposure to
any potentially hazardous materials.
- Any activity (e.g. survey, questionnaire, viewing
of stimuli) or experimental condition that could potentially
result in emotional stress. For example, answering
questions related to personal experiences such as sexual,
physical or child abuse, divorce and/or psychological
well-being (e.g. depression, anxiety, suicide) must
be considered more than minimal risk. Additionally,
research activities that involve exposing subjects
to stimuli or experimental conditions that could potentially
result in emotional stress must also be considered
more than minimal risk. Examples include violent or
distressing video images, distressing written materials
or activities that could potentially result in feelings
of depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem in subjects.
- Any activity that could potentially result in negative
consequences for the subject due to invasion of
privacy or breech of confidentiality. When research
activities involve collection of personal information
(e.g. history of abuse, drug use, opinions, fingerprints)
or health-related data (genetic material, blood, tissue)
the researcher must consider risks related to invasion
of privacy and possible breech of confidentiality.
Ways to reduce these risks include collecting data
anonymously or developing data collection procedures
that make it impossible to link any identifying information
(e.g. subject’s name) with his/her responses
INFORMED CONSENT PROCESS
The process of obtaining informed consent provides information
to the subject about the risks and benefits associated with
participation in the research study and allows the subject
to make an educated decision about whether or not to participate.
Informed consent is an on-going process, not a single event
that ends with a signature on a page. It must incorporate procedures
that do not involve coercion or deception.
Documentation of informed consent is required:
- When the IRB determines that a research study involves
physical or psychological activities with more than minimal
- When the IRB determines that the project could potentially result
in emotional stress to a research subject;
- When the IRB determines that the research subjects belong
to a risk group.
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD
An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee that,
according to federal regulations (45-CFR-46), must evaluate
the potential physical and/or psychological risk of research
involving human subjects. All proposed human research must
be reviewed and approved by an IRB before experimentation begins.
This includes any surveys or questionnaires to be used in a
An IRB at a school level must consist of a minimum of three
. Teachers and advisors who oversee a specific project
must not serve on the IRB reviewing that project. Additional
members are recommended to help avoid this conflict of interest
and to increase the expertise of the committee.
A school level IRB must include: (1) a science teacher and
a school administrator (preferably, a principal or vice principal) and
one of the following who is knowledgeable and capable of evaluating
the physical and/or psychological risk involved in a given
study: a physician, psychiatrist, physician’s assistant,
registered nurse, licensed psychologist, or licensed social
IRBs exist at federally registered institutions (e.g., universities,
medical centers, NIH, correctional facilities). The institutional
IRB must initially review and approve all proposed research
conducted at, or sponsored by, that institution.
- Completed, signed entries for the 67th Annual Science
Talent Search (2007-2008) must be received at Intel Science
Talent Search, Society for Science & the Public, 1719 N Street, N.W., Washington,
DC 20036-2888 no later than 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday,
November 14, 2007. We recommend that students submit
their entries as early as possible to avoid missing the deadline. Late
and/or incomplete entries will not be accepted.
It is strongly advised that the entire Intel STS entry book
be read completely by entrants, teachers, and interested parties
to ensure that rules and expectations are thoroughly understood
and met. Entry in the Intel STS involves the time and effort
of many people, all working to meet the aforementioned deadline.
An appreciation of the investment made on behalf of STS entrants
annually by teachers, administrators, mentors and counselors
adds to the experience of students who enter the Intel STS
in subsequent years.
The Science Talent Search, like colleges and universities across
the nation, expects that students hold themselves to rigorous
ethical standards, both academic and personal, as created by
shared expectations of the educational community. Responsibility
for integrity in scholarship is inherently the scholar’s,
including the student scholar.
Students must review all aspects of their work’s authenticity:
research, writing and entry application essays. The required
signature box, on p. 3 of the Entry Form, asks each student to
attest to every statement, and by their signature, claim each
one to be true or understood. The responsibility to present
independent work and adhere to STS rules rests with the student,
with the guidance of faculty and adult advisors.
Your independent research project for the Intel STS may have
produced findings that are your Intellectual Property (IP), with
rights and implications attached. Your participation in STS will
require disclosure of your methods and results; they will be
made available to the public. If you have any concerns that your
IP will be compromised in any way, please review these issues
with supervising scientists and qualified adult advisors to make
an informed decision before entering STS.
CONDITIONS OF SCHOLARSHIP
The Intel Science Talent Search scholarship conditions are
currently being redrafted and will be posted when completed this summer.