Scientific Review Committee (SRC) and SRC Forms
Minnesota Academy of Science State Science & Engineering Fair (The Affiliated Fair) Scientific Review Committee
A Scientific Review Committee (SRC) is a group of qualified individuals that is responsible for evaluation of student research, certifications, research plans and exhibits for compliance with the rules applicable laws and regulations at each level of science fair competition. Local SRCs may be formed to assist MAS State Science & Engineering Fair SRC in reviewing projects. The operation and composition of the local and Affiliated Fair SRCs must fully comply with the International Rules. Directions for obtaining preapproval are available from the affiliated fair.
Most proposed research projects involving vertebrate animals and/or potentially hazardous biological agents must be reviewed and approved BEFORE experimentation. Local or regional SRC prior review is not required for human studies previously reviewed and approved by a properly constituted IRB.
ALL projects, including those previously reviewed and approved by an IRB must be reviewed and approved by the SRC after experimentation and before competition in an Intel ISEF Affiliated Fair. Projects which were conducted at a Regulated Research Institution (not home, high school or field) and which were reviewed and approved by the proper institutional board before experimentation, must also be approved by the Intel ISEF Affiliated Fair SRC.
An Affiliated Fair SRC must:
a. include a minimum of three persons
b. include a biomedical scientist (earned doctoral degree, such as Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., D.D.S., PharmD., or D.O.)
c. include an educator
d. include at least one additional member
The purpose of these rules is to:
protect the rights and welfare of the student researcher
protect the rights and welfare of the human participant
protect the health and welfare of the vertebrate animal subject
ensure adherence to federal regulations
ensure use of safe laboratory practices
protect the environment
determine eligibility for competition in the MN Academy of Science State Science & Engineering Fair 2015
Determine eligibility for competition in the Intel ISEF 2015
Scientific Review Committee (SRC) examines projects for the following:
a. evidence of literature search and appropriate attribution
b. evidence of proper supervision
c. use of accepted and appropriate research techniques
d. completed forms, signatures and dates showing maximum of one year duration of research and appropriate preapproval dates (where required)
SRC Forms are required of all student presenters. SRC forms are used to verify that students' research is done following appropriate scientific methods. Each student fills out different forms depending on their research. Blank SRC forms come directly from the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) website.
Required SRC Forms
For help deciding which SRC forms are required for a project, use the Rules Wizard provided by the Society for Science & the Public.
While every student will have different SRC forms to submit, everyone must have at least these SRC Forms include:
- Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1)
- Student Checklist (1A)
- Approval Form (1B)
- Research Plan (Must include: Problem, Hypothesis, Procedure, Bibliography with 5 references - website references must include date viewed)
Additional forms are required based on your specific project. Common additional forms include:
- Work Done at an Institutional or Industrial Setting (1C)
- Human Subjects (4)
- Vertebrate Animals (51)
- Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (6A)
- Continuation of an Earlier Project (7)
The Scientific Review Committee Process
- Students fill out SRC forms prior to competing at their Regional Science Fair.
- All students who advance to State should make sure that a working copy of their SRC forms are given to the Regional Science Fair Director. Students should make sure to keep the original SRC paperwork.
- The Regional Science Fair Directors mail student SRC forms to the Minnesota Academy of Science Office at 8700 West 36th Street, Suite 114W, St. Louis Park, MN 55426.
- If corrections need to be made, the State SRC will send the working copy back to the Regional Science Fair Director for students to make changes. There may be multiple rounds of changes that are needed.
- After the review is complete, students should bring a copy of their SRC Forms to the State Science & Engineering Fair.
Avoiding Common SRC Violations
- Don’t forget to include your Bibliography.
- Don’t forget to send your Research Plan.
- Be careful about all dates on Form 1A, Form 1B, and Form 1C. Some dates must be before or after the start/end dates of your project. Read the directions carefully by each date field.
- Make sure you have obtained all necessary signatures.