Frequently Asked Questions


Evidence of library/literary search (Internet, Journals, Books, etc)
Evidence of proper supervision
Use of accepted research techniques
Completed forms, signatures and dates
Evidence of search for alternatives to animal use
Humane treatment of animals
Compliance with rules and laws governing proper care and housing of animals
Appropriate/safe handling and use of recombinant DNA, potentially pathogenic organisms, tissues and hazardous substances, devices and activities
Adequate documentation of the substantial expansion of continuing projects

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If your project involves another potentially hazardous material, or you are not sure if something you are doing is hazardous, please submit your project form to azsefsrc@azscience.org for SRC approval before research begins.
If your project does not involve any of the areas of concern listed above, you may proceed with your project with proper scientist/teacher/adult approvals.

All SRC/IRB approvals should be obtained BEFORE research begins to be eligible for AzSEF. If you have obtained all appropriate approvals and your project placed first at a school, home school, district, county, or regional fair, and your fair director has notified you that you have qualified as a finalist, the following information applies:

AzSEF does not require abstracts to be submitted in advance at this time.
AzSEF does not require paperwork to be submitted before project check-in at this time.
ALL senior division (grades 9–12) finalists are required to bring completed, approved, and signed Intel ISEF forms with them at check-in, and will be required to display approved forms at their project to be eligible for judging. Lab notebooks should also be displayed.
The AzSEF Scientific Review Committee Chair will review each project’s forms at check-in to confirm eligibility.
All Junior Division students working with vertebrate animals, human subjects, potentially hazardous biological agents or potentially hazardous chemicals are required to bring completed, approved, and signed AzSEF forms with them at check-in, and will be required to display approved forms at their project to be eligible for judging.
• Forms for each project will be reviewed at check–in to confirm eligibility.
Elementary students working with vertebrate animals, human subjects, potentially hazardous biological agents or potentially hazardous chemicals are required to bring completed, approved, and signed forms or project plans (AzSEF, School, etc.) with them at check-in, and are encouraged to display approved forms at their project. 

The registration fee for AzSEF 2018 is $20 per student. 

Registration will open January 30, 2018 and close at 11:59 p.m. on March 7, 2018.

No extensions for registration will be given.  Please ensure all registrations are completed prior to the registration closing date March 7, 2018. Any technical difficulties need to be reported by March 4, 2018.