1. Any 6th through 12th grade student who has not attained the age of 21 in a public, private or parochial school in Douglas, Sarpy or Washington Counties may enter a project in the Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair (MSEF). MSEF is the only means for students in the Eastern Region to qualify for the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences (NJAS).
2. MSEF accepts projects from either individuals or teams of two. An individual or team may enter only one project and it must be the personal work of that individual or the members of the team. Refer to MSEF Rule 6 for additional rules and regulations relating to team projects.
3. All MSEF/NJAS project entries are expected to comply with entry rules of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). This includes a Research Plan/Project Summary (Form 1A) and Approval Form (Form 1B). Forms 1A and 1B, a Research Plan and projects requiring Safety Review Committee (SRC) MUST have forms completed BEFORE experimental research begins! Research plans involving humans, vertebrates, and potentially hazardous biological agents MUST receive Safety Review Committee (SRC) approval BEFORE actual experimental RESEARCH BEGINS! The contact information for the MSEF SRC is MSEFSRC@omahazoo.com. For rules questions, start with ISEF Rules Wizard: https://ruleswizard.societyforscience.org/
4. Any projects involving live vertebrate animals or human subjects must comply with ISEF Life Research Rules. Projects involving DNA, tissue, pathogenic agents or controlled substances require additional forms, which may be downloaded from the ISEF web site www.societyforscience.org/isef/.
5. Team Projects consist of two members. A team project cannot be converted to an individual project without authorization. A new member may not be added to a continuing Team Project.
Both members of the team should be able to serve as spokesperson, be fully involved with the project, and be familiar with all aspects of the project. The final work should reflect the coordinated efforts of both team members and will be evaluated using the same rules and judging criteria as individual projects.
6. Forms and a non-refundable registration fee of $10.00 per student MUST be received by to January 26, 2021. Schools may request an invoice if submitting entry fees for participating students. Applications received after this date will not be accepted unless the MSEF Rules Chair is contacted before then.
Correspondence, forms, and fees must be sent to:
2001 S. 6th St.
Omaha, NE 68108
Forms or additional information may be obtained by contacting the MSEF Rules Chair, Dave Dow, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting MSEF website at http://www.msefomaha.com
7. Categories of Projects: Participants’ projects must be classified into one of the following categories on the registration form:
8. Category selection is the responsibility of the student and teacher. ISEF category descriptions: https://www.societyforscience.org/isef/categories-and-subcategories/all-categories/
The fair director may change category designation to allow similar types of projects to be judged together. On the day of the fair, if the judges feel that a particular project is misclassified, it may be transferred to a more appropriate category with the approval of the judging teams involved and the fair director.
9. Judging will be done within the specific procedures announced to the entrants.
10. Projects will be rated according to the following criteria used by Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences:
60% Scientific Method or Engineering Goals
20% Communication Skills (oral, written and virtual)
20% Personal Growth (relevance of project, creative thinking, age appropriate understandings, attitude)
11. MSEF/ NJAS awards presentation will occur on March 20, 2021 at Lauritzen Gardens.
12. All participants will receive a certificate. Superior projects will be awarded a plaque, trophy or other honor for the participant.