Eligibility Requirements

  1. Students may enter the NJRSF if they are a full-time student (grades 9-12) at a high school located in one of the following NJ counties: Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, or Warren.

    For more information, read our summary of territories for ISEF-affiliated Fairs in the region.

    Starting this year, students in all programs at the Bergen County Academies should enter BCA's own ISEF-affiliated fair.

  2. For home-schooled students, the home address must be in one of the counties listed above.
  3. Team projects can have only two members and both must attend a school in one of the counties listed above. If one team member attends a school outside of the NJRSF territory, then we will consider eligibility on a case-by-case basis. These teams must submit a territory appeal for group projects.
  4. Students must have an Adult Advisor sponsor their project at the NJRSF. An Adult Advisor can be a teacher, parent, or other mentor (professor and/or other professional scientist). Consult the Adult Advisor Requirements page for more information.
  5. Each student is only allowed to enter one project. That project may include no more than 12 months of continuous research and may not include research performed before January 2017.
  6. Students may compete in only one ISEF-affiliated fair.
  7. A research project may be a part of a larger study performed by professional scientists, but the project presented by the student must be only their own portion of the complete study.
  8. All projects must adhere to the Ethics Statement.