Resources for Educators and Students

To qualify for the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF), you must:

  • Be nominated by your school or Home School Association. Typically, nominated projects are the winners of their school fair.
  • Follow GNOSEF and ISEF rules to ensure your project will be eligible to compete at GNOSEF.
  • Review the links on this page. They provide valuable resources to help you get started. Also, your science teacher may have interesting research project ideas that you may find fun and rewarding.

GNOSEF follows all Intel ISEF rules plus some additional requirements unique to our fair. For a COMPLETE listing of the applicable rules and regulations, please review:

ISEF Complete Rules and Guidelines
ISEF Roles and Responsibilities
GNOSEF Firearms Guidelines
GNOSEF Safety and Display Guidelines


Photos: George Kuchler Photography


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. The GNOSEF requires that participants use the ISEF abstract with 22 categories for both Junior and Senior Division. Documents from 1st and 2nd place GNOSEF winners in the 17 Senior Division and 13 Junior Division categories may then be sent directly to the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair, which will have 22 categories at both Junior and Senior Division levels.


ISEF Abstract – 22 categories
How to Write an Intel ISEF Abstract
GNOSEF Categories


Project Display Restrictions



30 inches (76 cm) deep, front to back
48 inches (122 cm) wide, side to side
108 inches (274 cm) high, floor to top
Tables are 36 inches high; thus, projects can only be 72 inches high. (108″– 36″ = 72″)

GNOSEF Safety and Display Guidelines


Comparing Engineering Design Process and Scientific Method

Not sure if your engineering project needs a hypothesis? Check out this comparison chart for engineering design vs scientific method processes.


Common SRC Issues