state fair

Art Exhibit forms may be downloaded here

All science fair students will need to complete the following forms:

All students will need to complete entry forms online. Make a copy of the online registration forms and send it with $15 per student and the other required forms to:

Calumet Regional Science Fair
C/O Lin Wozniewski
Chemistry Dept.
Indiana University Northwest
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408

Students who are working with people, vertebrate animals, microorganisms, chemicals, and dangerous equipment may need special forms completed before work begins on the project. Please check at www.sciserv.org to download forms that you may need. Please note that rules require students working with microorganisms(even those collected from the environment) must do all research in a laboratory under the supervision of a qualified adult. If you need SRC approval contact lwoz@iun.edu

Students should keep a research log. This should be a bound notebook with numbered and dated pages. All entries should be done in ink. Do not remove pages. Cross out work with a single line and make corrections. Neatness of this notebook is not as important as the record of all activities and notes written during the research process. Students should write data in the book and then rewrite the information in the form of a report when the research is complete. The report should follow this format:

Abstract: this is a brief summary of your idea, the methods, results and conclusions. It should be no more than 250 words and should be designed to tell enough that a person might want to read the rest of your work. (Although the abstract is generally placed before the paper it is generally best to write it last. Additionaly it is customary to either italicize the abstract or to write it in a slightly smaller font.) Introduction:

Introduce your topic: Discuss the importance of your research. General background information that you have collected from referencees should be included here. (You should have at least 5 refereces.)

Statement of Purpose: Why did you do the research? What are you trying to discover?

Methods: Describe in detail how you did the experiments. Make sure that you include information about the equipment and exact measurements that you use. Include the formulation for solutions or media in an appendix.

Results: Include graphs and tables in theis section. Make sure that you use metric measure where ever possible.

Statistics are important. You should repeat your experiments at least 3 times then you will need to average your results. (Older students will need to include standard deviation and error bars on their graphs)

Photographs are also very valuable ways to demostrate results.

Conclutions and Applications: What were your general findings and how might this information be used. Discuss your findings as they might relate to referenced information that you have read.

Bibliography: Make a list of all your references.