WaCSEF Junior High Competition
Safety, Integrity, Ethics

The rules pertaining to pre-college science research (https://student.societyforscience.org/international-rules-pre-college-science-research) serve as regulations for WaCSEF high school projects and guidelines for WaCSEF JUNIOR HIGH projects.

It remains common sense that the student and all teachers, parents, mentors and responsible adults involved in the supervision of the student completing a project engage in safe and ethical practices. In all cases WaCSEF will default to ISEF rules and guidelines when in dispute.

Junior high projects do not need to submit a research plan prior to attending the WaCSEF JH. However, they must submit a PROJECT COMPLETION SUMMARY form when they arrive that contains information and signature of the responsible adult that supervised the student’s work. If that work utilized hazardous materials, potentially pathogenic organisms, human subjects, vertebrate animals or anything that is potentially dangerous to the student then a qualified adult must be involved.

Responsible Adult: Any adult over the age of 21 that can reasonably determine the appropriateness of the student’s project. This is usually but is not limited to a parent, teacher, neighbor, or relative that can, for example, read the safety instructions on a bottle of bleach or safely supervise the student cutting balsa wood for a bridge engineering model.

Qualified Adult: For JH purposes a qualified adult is someone with greater than average knowledge of the potentially hazardous subject used by the student. Example may include but are not limited to: Safety WaCSEF JH will specifically be concerned about projects utilizing the following:
Ethics and Academic Integrity Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. This includes plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in WaCSEF.

With the increasing availability of online resources, we recognize that the internet is a resource, however we strive to uphold academic integrity at WaCSEF. The following are examples of academic integrity violations that are grounds for disqualification: