HUMAN SUBJECT RESTRICTIONS

Designing a project that employs humans as subjects is a common practice among science fair participants. The NRSEF does not wish to discourage such project work.

In the interests of the humans who become subjects and to develop suitable ethical procedures, the NRSEF REQUIRES THAT DOCUMENTATION MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE ANY EXPERIMENTAL ACTIVITIES ARE UNDERTAKEN.

Completion of such documents is the shared responsibility of the student and of the teachers and parents who supervise his/her work.

FAILURE TO INCLUDE THIS DOCUMENTATION WITH SIGNATURE FORMS WILL RESULT IN THE DISQUALIFICATION OF THE APPLICATION.


What is a Human Subject?


The NRSEF defines a human subject as a person about whom an investigation, (professional or student) conducting scientific research, obtains:
  (1) data through intervention or interaction with the person, or
  (2) identifiable private information.


Important forms needed before you START your project

There are two forms a low risk form and a significant risk form. To find out which form you need download the following information package as well as the correct form that you will need.

Please note that no ingestion projects (taste testing, etc.) will be allowed to participate and will automatically be disqualified.