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Science/Engineering Fair Registration

The High Plains Regional Science & Engineering Fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), so our fair follows the ISEF rules and regulations for all project entries.

Registration Info

Judges, teachers and students must register online here:
No hard copy submissions will be accepted. The deadline to register projects is March 15, 2019. 

    Information for Middle School Students

    Each grade in the middle school division will be split into four categories:

    1. Biological Sciences
    2. Engineering
    3. Physical Sciences
    4. Social Sciences

    The top five scorers in each category will be awarded medals and cash prizes pending final sponsorships.

    We request middle school students submit a written description of their project during the project registration. Written description should be in the form of an abstract less than 300 words in length.

    Middle school students should follow the procedures according to the ISEF guidelines, but ask that individual schools handle the review of the research plans using a group of knowledgeable people with backgrounds as close as possible to those specified by ISEF. If you encounter a project that you do not feel capable of reviewing, or a student is working individually with an adult outside of the school setting and his/her school does not have a group that can review the project, our review board can perform the review.

    Information for High School Students

    Students in grades 9-12 will compete in one high school division, which will be split into four categories:

    1. Biological Sciences
    2. Engineering
    3. Physical Sciences
    4. Social Sciences

    The top three scorers in each category will be awarded medals and cash prizes pending final sponsorships. The top overall scorer will qualify for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair and will travel with a chaperone at our expense to the fair in Phoenix, Arizona, May 12-17, 2019. There are also many special awards that are given out from local organizations as well as other ISEF-affiliated organizations.  

    High school students need to have their research plans approved prior to beginning work by a local review board constituted according to the Intel ISEF guidelines. If your school cannot form such a board, please contact the regional fair coordinator, so our scientific review committee can review research plans for your students.  

    Our scientific review committee requires informed consent forms for all projects involving humans, including methods such as surveys for all high school projects. The early registration deadline allows time for our scientific review committee to check these entries and to return forms for corrections/additions in time for these to be accomplished prior to the fair. This is important since a finalist from our fair may be prevented from competing in the ISEF if proper procedures and reviews have not been followed as the work was done. The most common problems are lack of signatures in proper places, correct starting and ending dates, and lack of three major sources in the bibliography entry on the research plan. Please help your fair entrants to give special attention to these areas.

    Photo Release Forms

    High school and middle school students must also submit a photo release form prior to the fair, which needs to be signed by their parent or legal guardian.

    Get Release Form

    The release form can be uploaded to the registration website or can be mailed to the fair director.

    Fair Director

    Questions or concerns can be directed to your fair director:

    Jade Herman
    Office of the President                                                                       
    South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
    501 East Saint Joseph Street
    Rapid City, SD 57701
    (605) 394-1718

    Other Information

    Each student needs an adult advisor, which can be a teacher, parent or other adult from the community.  Advisors should consult with students concerning his/her ideas and methods prior to beginning the project. Please make sure that appropriate approval is obtained before the student begins work on the project. This is one of most common problems we encounter when reviewing the students’ projects and paperwork. It is an important step in the process.

    Student exhibits may require as much or more time than conducting the research. Please recommend careful attention to simple layout with large letters. Detailed graphs or tables can be included in a written research report to be available at the exhibit. Remember that judges have a limited amount of time to review each exhibit. Most judges rely very heavily on material included on the exhibit board and obtained from the personal interview. Judges almost never have time to review the Intel ISEF forms or read a lengthy report.  

    We do our best to adhere to Intel ISEF guidelines for the exhibits, which require the exhibit consist of nothing more than paper, graphics, and photographs. Video and computer displays are also allowed.  Plants (even common houseplants), water, food items, etc., ARE FORBIDDEN.  Please encourage your students to follow these guidelines in preparing their exhibits, so we do not have to go around the exhibit area confiscating forbidden components from exhibits on the day of the fair.  

    The full list of Intel ISEF display regulations can be found at: