Any student in grades 6-12 enrolled in a public, private, parochial, military, or home school within the following counties is eligible to try for entry into the CTSEF: Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Navarro and Robertson. A student must first enter, participate in, and be judged in a local fair. However, this does not guarantee that a student will enter the CTSEF.

Participation in a local fair, and placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in one of the 18 categories, will make a student eligible to enter the Regional Fair in Junior Division (6-8 Grade) or Senior Division (9-12 grades). Schools may enter only the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place team winners as well. Your local schools may enter only the 1st, 2nd or 3rd place winner regardless of grade, in one of the 18 categories (team included). [Example: A school may enter only the top 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place per fair, per category, per school.] Not accepted for entry: 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place winners per grade.

All projects must be approved for entry by the CTSEF prior to the local school fair. Winning at the local level guarantees only that a student is eligible to apply for entry in the CTSEF. Only current year CTSEF forms and applications are used to determine participation and eligibility of a student researcher.

The project submitted to the CTSEF must be the student’s own work. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the CTSEF for any additional restrictions or requirements.

CTSEF may certify the top three entries from each category of the junior division and senior division to enter state competition. Junior Division projects can qualify for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge offered by ISEF.

Two Senior Division Individual Finalists and one Team Project Finalist may be certified for international competition. Students must meet all ISEF rules and guidelines and not be over 21 years of age by May 1 of the fair year.

The CTSEF is under contract with Society for Science and the Public, and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to conduct the regional fair according to the rules and guidelines that ISEF has set. All CTSEF participants must observe all the rules in the handbook. Ignorance of these rules will not excuse anyone from meeting the entry requirements. The purpose of these rules is to provide basic guidance and to protect students, teachers, and parents, as well as human and animal subjects.

Ethics Statement

Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level or research or competition. Plagiarism, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own, and fabrication or falsification of data will not be tolerated. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs or the ISEF. All projects must adhere to the Ethics Statement.