RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR THE
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS AND ADULTS
The Student Researcher:
The student researcher is responsible for all aspects of the research project
including enlisting the aid of any required supervisory adults (Adult Sponsor,
Qualified Scientist, etc.), obtaining necessary approvals (SRC, IRB, etc.), and performing
the experimentation, engineering, data analysis, etc.
The Adult Sponsor:
An Adult Sponsor may be a teacher, parent, professor,
and/or other professional scientist in whose lab the student is working.
This individual must have a solid background in science and should have close contact
with the student during the course of the project. The Adult Sponsor is responsible for
working with the student to evaluate any possible risks involved in order to ensure the
health and safety of the student conducting the research and the humans and/or animals
involved in the study. The Adult Sponsor must review the student’s Student Checklist (1A)
and Research Plan to certify that that: a) experimentation is within local, state, and Federal
laws and Intel ISEF rules; b) forms are completed by other required adults; and c) criteria for the Qualified Scientist adhere to those set forth below.
The Qualified Scientist:
A Qualified Scientist should have earned a doctoral/ professional degree
in a scientific discipline that relates to the student’s area of research.
A PhD, MD, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), or a master’s degree with additional
experience and expertise in the student’s area of research is acceptable when approved
by a Scientific Review Committee (SRC). The Qualified Scientist must be thoroughly familiar with
local, state, and federal regulations that govern the student’s area of research.
The Designated Supervisor:
The Designated Supervisor is an adult who is directly responsible for overseeing student experimentation.
The Designated Supervisor need not have an advanced degree, but must be thoroughly familiar with the
student’s project, and must be trained in the student’s area of research. The Adult Sponsor may act as the Designated Supervisor.