Instructions: To qualify to enter the Orange County Science & Engineering Fair (OCSEF), all portions of this form must be completely filled out.
Your registration information is used to produce certificates and for our awards program. Carefully review all information for spelling and capitalization.
Only one registration is required for group projects (projects including more than one student investigator). Group project participants should agree on the registration documents to be submitted and the preferred and alternate judging times before starting this form. Each member of a group project is responsible for submitting a $20 registration fee unless a fee waiver is requested by the member and accepted by the OCSEF.
Fields marked with a (*) are required.
Please submit an image to be used in our awards program.
If your school is not listed above, please select "Other" from the list.
If your project was completed by you alone, this page will appear blank. If your project is a group project (more than one student investigator), it will only be necessary to submit one registration per project. For group projects, enter your partner or partners below. Do NOT re-enter your own information, only information for partners other than yourself. Please make sure each name is spelled and capitalized correctly or errors may appear on certificates and awards programs.
Second Student Participating in this project
Third Student Participating in this project
Project Information and Abstract
Part of the registration is your Project Abstract. We highly recommend that you carefully type/prepare your Project Abstract in advance and "Copy and Paste" the sections into the application form. Be aware that your abstract is saved in our database and displayed to judges without formatting (tables and special characters will be lost). We suggest you use a text editor, such as notepad, to edit your abstract before you paste it into the form below.
The entire abstract must be one typewritten page or less using Times 12 point font so please keep responses short. Follow the format provided below.
Project Abstract Format For Science Projects
Project Abstract Format For Engineering Projects
Please carefully consider and choose the category that best reflects the subject (or question) of your project. Click here for detailed information on project categories.
Certification Process: Be Aware, if you use human subjects, vertebrate animals, human or animal tissue, hazardous procedures or materials, recombinant DNA, pathogenic agents, or controlled substances in your project, you must have the required forms completed prior to starting your project.
Signed certifications must be submitted with your application in order for the safety committee to review your project. Click here for the certifications page.. Download the required certification form(s) from the OCSEF website, complete them, and save them on your computer. You should upload a copy of the certifications required by your project below (file size not to exceed 5 MB).
If you obtained pre-approval from the OCSEF SRC and made no significant changes to your project, enter your pre-approval code below to expedite your application's safety review.
If the answer to any of the questions below is YES, you must complete the required certification.
If you were pre-approved by the OCSEF's SRC, enter your pre-approval code here.
Your application must include this certification. It can be found on the OCSEF website here
Without this certification, your project application will be considered incomplete.
Your application must include this form. It can be found on the OCSEF website here
Without this form, your project application will be considered incomplete.
It is only necessary to submit the form you already gave or intend to give to test subjects. Do NOT submit the informed consent with names or signatures of test subjects.
Judging and Payment
High school students (grades 9-12) have the opportunity to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). All high school (9-12th grade) projects are eligible and ISEF candidates will be selected during the OCSEF competition. Please note that you must have all appropriate forms for ISEF available during the OCSEF competition. See the Society for Science and the Public for information regarding the Intel ISEF competition.
Junior Division Students (grades 6-8): Please select a preferred and alternate judging hour. We will attempt to accommodate your preferred judging hour but may be required to assign you your alternate choice. In the event that your preferred and alternate choices are filled, you will need to select a judging hour at project set-up. If your school arranges transportation and judging for the fair, we will change your judging hour to meet your school selection. You will be notified by email of your judging hour 1 and 2 weeks before the competition. NOTE: If your project is a group project, consult with your partner(s) and agree on a preferred and alternate judging time. All partners need to be present during the hours you select to meet with the judges.
Senior Division Students (grades 9-12): You will be required to be on site at the competition from 9 AM to 4 PM for judging, so please select "Senior Division" from the drop-down menus below. The first round of judging will be from 9 AM to 12 Noon. All Senior Division Students are invited to eat lunch with other competitors and judges (lunch will be provided by the OCSEF). Semi-finalists for the OCSEF ISEF positions will be announced at approximately 1 PM, after which students not selected as semi-finalists may leave. The second round of judging will be from 1 PM to 4 PM (but may end earlier).
There is no guarantee that your choices will be accepted.
For group projects, the registration fee is $20 per partner. You may also choose to pay via Paypal (recommended) or mail a check with your registration papers. Should you have difficulty paying the registration fee, you may submit a request for your fee to be waived. Click here to retrieve the fee waiver.
Once you have completed the form, click the submit button below. Please be patient as it may take several seconds to process your submission and upload the forms and images you have attached. If you have chosen to pay via Paypal, the redirect to Paypal may take up to 30 seconds. After you submit the form, you will be emailed a copy of your confirmation with an affidavit attached. Print a copy of the affidavit for each partner (investigator). The affidavit must be completed by each investigator on the project, their parent or guardian, and their sponsoring teacher. It must be mailed (or submitted electronically) along with any required certification forms, and the $20 fee per student (if not paid via paypal during registration) prior to the registration mailing deadline. Your application will not be complete until we receive this form with all applicable signatures.