Exhibit Rules

All science projects MUST comply with the Science Exhibit Rules and the Science Display Guidelines.


1. A student may compete in only one ISEF-affiliated Regional Fair (International Science and Engineering Fair).

2. Exhibit work must have been completed within the year prior to the Fair. The exhibit must be the ORIGINAL work of the student. Be aware of copyright laws.  Teachers, parents, and others may only advise.

3. A student must agree to the Intel ISEF Ethics Statement: Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. Plagiarism, use or presentation of other researcher’s works as one’s own, and fabrication or falsification of data will not be tolerated. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in the Mastodon Fair or Intel ISEF.

4. Exhibits must adhere to all Federal, State, Local laws, and Host institution regulations.

5. NO SUBSTITUTIONS after the registration deadline:

a. One student cannot be substituted for another. (For example: C. Smith completed the registration form and has chosen not to participate. W. Brown cannot take the place of C. Smith).
b. No changes in category. (Examples: A science project cannot change from biology to chemistry. An art exhibit cannot change from drawing to photography. An art exhibit cannot change from wall to table or vice versa.) Exceptions are made only if it is determined that the Fair was at fault.

6. Exhibits should not be identifiable to the public and judges by student, teacher, or school name. Any information or symbols from a previous competition must be removed from the exhibit. This includes failure to cover student’s name, signature, or face if visible. (Use a 3×5 card over names or smiley-face stickers over faces on photos.)

7. All equipment and materials exhibited during the Fair are entered at the risk of the exhibitor. Jefferson College, the Mastodon Fair, and the sponsors will not be responsible for loss or damage to any exhibit or part thereof. It is recommended that any items of value should be fastened securely so that they cannot be easily removed and keep additional electronic or hard copies of important documents.

8.  Mastodon Fair and the Scientific Review/ISB committee reserve the right to remove any items from the exhibit that do not adhere to the aforementioned rules and guidelines. If these items cannot be removed, the exhibit will be removed in its entirety, and disqualified. These decisions are final.

9. DISQUALIFIED EXHIBITS are not judged and do not receive ribbons or other awards.

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