What is the science fair? The Annual West Liberty Regional Science & Engineering Fair is a competition among grade 6-12 school students to demonstrate quality scientific investigation through exhibits. Its purpose is to encourage young people to develop an active interest in science and engineering and recognize quality scientific investigation in middle and high schools.
Who is Eligible? Any student or group of students from the International Science and Engineering Fair approved counties (Jefferson and Belmont in Ohio; Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Tyler, and Wetzel in West Virginia).
What are the Requirements? Registration for the fair. Additionally, all projects must be accompanied by the appropriate INTEL ISEF forms. All projects require the following forms: Checklist for Adult Sponsor/Safety Assessment form, Research Plan (1A), and Approval form (1B). The Wizard at the forms link: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/rulesandguidelines will enable each participant to determine other forms pertinent to the project. West Liberty University has both an SRC and IRB human subjects committee for projects requiring approval before experimentation can begin.
Where Will It Be Held? The Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held in Campbell Hall and Kelly Theater, respectively, on West Liberty’s main campus. Students in grades 6 – 12 will compete for category awards, special awards, and an opportunity to go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair: a Program of the Society for Science & the Public.
The Senior Division Grand Prize Winner receives—in addition to numerous category and special awards—an all-expense-paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair where they will compete for $1.4 million in scholarships and cash prizes. A second Regional Fair competitor will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the International Fair as an observer.
Zachary Loughman, Ph.D.
Co-Director WLU Regional Fair
West Liberty University
West Liberty WV 26074
304 – 336 – 8923
Information for Every Student & Teacher
Scientific Review Committee (SRC)
It is absolutely imperative that all projects involving Human Subjects, Vertebrate Animals, Animal Tissues, Recombinant DNA, Pathogenic Organisms, or Controlled Substances MUST obtain project approval by the SRC prior to starting the project. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in disqualification from WLURSEF and ISEF competition.
All such projects, no matter how innocuous they may appear, must be submitted to the SRC committee, prior to starting the project, or they may not be qualified for WLURSEF competition. Students must use the ISEF forms (http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/document). For those who are unsure if they need project approval by the SRC, call Zachary Loughman at 304-336-8923 or email: [email protected].
Unacceptable for Display
The following link gives the Intel Display and Safety Regulations along with items that are not allowed at project or booth.
Every year we have students bring materials that must be removed by the Display and Safety Committee, often causing tears and/or anger. Please review the list, and wherever possible, use drawings, graphics, and photographs on the display board. Also remember that we have several thousand students, teachers, parents, and general public that come through the displays. If you decide to leave anything of value at the display, it is at your own risk. We try, but it is difficult to police all the exhibits.
WLU Regional Science and Engineering Fair
As an ISEF affiliated fair, the Intel website can be reached by clicking on the link below.