Information for Educators and Students

Getting A Project to The Fair

School Affiliation
Teachers desiring to have their students compete in the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF) must complete an affiliation form for their school. The GNOSEF Affiliation Form is online here. Upon affiliation, sponsors will receive access to the GNOSEF site where all paperwork is uploaded for review and approval.


Does your project require prior approval?
Some projects require GNOSEF Scientific Review Committee (SRC) prior approval before students can begin their experimentation. Most projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals, and potentially hazardous biological agents require a review by the GNOSEF SRC. Projects involving human participants must first be reviewed by the school/institution IRB prior to submitting to GNOSEF for prior approval.  GNOSEF Guidelines are slightly more stringent than ISEF guidelines as any project involving firearms must also receive prior approval.

GNOSEF Prior Approval Flowchart

GNOSEF Firearms Guidelines

Forms Needed
The GNOSEF follows all Intel ISEF rules plus some additional requirements unique to our fair. Ensure that your project has adhered to all applicable rules by reviewing them.

ISEF Rules Wizard (ISEF website) – Students can easily proceed through the GNOSEF review process by ensuring all of the proper forms have been submitted and properly signed. To determine which forms are needed, use the Intel ISEF Rules Wizard. The Wizard asks a series of questions about your planned project and will provide a list of forms that you need for submittal to the GNOSEF. This includes additional Firearms Documentation for all projects involving firearms.

ISEF Fillable Forms (ISEF website) – Intel ISEF Document Library.  If you have participated in the GNOSEF previously and know what forms you may need, you may use this link. Otherwise it is recommended that you use the ISEF Rules Wizard above to determine the forms needed. All projects require appropriate forms and a detailed research plan.

ISEF Official Abstract – All projects must have an abstract which is to be displayed with the project. An abstract gives the essence of the project in a brief but complete form, and is typically the first thing the judges see since they have access to the abstracts ahead of the fair. Both Junior and Senior division students must use this official ISEF abstract, choosing the ISEF category that best represents their project. When registering a project for the GNOSEF, the online registration will ask that a teacher select from a slightly modified list of categories, as some are combinations of the ISEF categories.

ISEF Changes for Current Fair

Common SRC Issues, Reasons for Disqualification

Learn About Past Research Project winners at ISEF (ISEF website)

ISEF Teacher Resources – for information on how to get students started, follow this link  to the ISEF website for various resources available to get you and your students motivated to participate, including abstracts from Intel ISEF finalists since 2003.

Submitting Paperwork
Affiliated schools may submit up to 3 projects per category.  Each school has a limited number of team projects that may be submitted based on the number of projects registered by the school in each division (Jr and Sr). Team projects are submitted within their category description. All paperwork should be submitted by the published deadline and any revisions requested by the GNOSEF SRC completed before the final deadline. Any paperwork not meeting the final deadline will not be eligible for competition at the GNOSEF.

Registered Projects

# Teams Allowed*

* each division calculated separately

All projects must be uploaded to the GNOSEF system for review and approval and must be registered in the GNOSEF database.

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