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Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF) 2007

The A*STAR Talent Search (A*TS) is an annual award that accords recognition to students who have excelled in research in Science and Technology. Modelled after the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, it targets and identifies students, between the age of 15 and 18 years, who have a strong aptitude for S & T, and the potential to pursue R & D careers.

The Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) is a national fair that is affiliated to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 13 to 19 May 2007. It is open to all secondary school and pre-university students between the age of 15 and 21 as of 1 May 2007. It is intended for students who have conducted research over the past year to showcase their findings. Winners of SSEF will be invited to represent Singapore and participate in ISEF in the US.

This year is the seventh year of SSEF and it is held in conjunction with the A*TS. Students who participate in the A*TS will be required to showcase their research projects at SSEF to be held in March 2007. Students can also participate in SSEF without having to participate in A*TS. Withdrawal from SSEF requires the permission of the school teacher-in-charge.

Activity Schedule

SSEF Schedule 2007

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Rules & Regulations

The deadline for submission of entry forms and projects with the relevant documentation is Friday, 12 January 2007. However, students are strongly advised to complete and submit the entry form as early as possible.

  1. A*TS is open to secondary school and pre-university students, who are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs), between the age of 15 and 18 years as at 31 Dec 2006.
  2. SSEF is open to ALL (Singaporeans, PRs and foreigners) secondary school and pre-university students studying in Singapore and who are between the age of 15 and 21 years as of 1 May 2007. However, winners of SSEF who are chosen to represent Singapore in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, from 13 to 19 May 2007, must be Singaporeans or PRs.
  3. There is an Individual Category and a Team Category for SSEF. Each SSEF team must comprise at least TWO members and not exceed THREE members. A team project may NOT be converted to an individual project or vice versa. However, there is NO team category for A*TS. Only individual applicants (even if done as a group project) will be considered for A*TS.
  4. ALL participants of A*TS are required to participate in SSEF. They will only need to complete the A*STAR Talent Search Entry Form (161Kb) and will be automatically admitted to SSEF. There is no need to complete the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair Entry Form (694Kb).
  5. All applicants need to register their projects online by 1 December 2006 and submit their project entries with the appropriate entry forms and relevant documentation to the Singapore Science Centre by 12 January 2007. Project entries without online registration will not be considered. Late entries will not be entertained.
  6. All project entries must be accompanied by the Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), Student Checklist (1A) with research plan attached, and Approval Form (1B) and may require Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C). In addition, the following areas require review and approval by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to experimentation: Human Subjects, Vertebrate Animals, Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (previously termed Potentially Pathogenic and Pathogenic Agents, Recombinant DNA (rDNA) and Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue).
  7. Projects involving Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices (previously termed Hazardous Substances or Devices) require approval by a Designated Supervisor (an adult directly responsible for overseeing student experimentation) or Qualified Scientist (for projects involving DEA-controlled substances) prior to experimentation. A risk assessment is required of all projects in this research area using the Risk Assessment Form (3).
  8. Research projects that are submitted for A*TS or SSEF should be projects that have been conducted between the period of 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2006.
  9. Short-listed applicants will participate in SSEF 2007. The exhibition of projects constitutes part of the total score of the students' projects. To know more about the judging guidelines for SSEF, please click here (40Kb).
  10. The judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entertained.
  11. All reports submitted will be kept by the organisers and will not be returned. Each applicant should keep a copy of his or her report for personal use. The applicant is not required to send in his project data book(s) but he should have it available for the exhibition and interviews (A*TS).
Please read the Intel ISEF Display and Safety Regulations instructions at the URL:
http://www.societyforscience.org/isef to have a better idea of what should/should not be included in exhibits. The SSEF requirements are the same as those of ISEF except the size of the exhibition booth.
In fact, applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the official ISEF web site - http://www.societyforscience.org/isef - to view past projects and obtain other information that may be pertinent to SSEF.

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Application Requirements

The following items must be submitted with each application:

  1. A research paper, which should include an abstract of no more than 250 words, in hard- and soft-copies. For detailed information on the requirements of the research paper, please click here (31Kb).
  2. A 100-word description, in hard- and soft-copies, of the applicant's project written in an easily comprehensible manner, using non-technical terms for general readers. This will be used for publicity purposes.
  3. Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), Student Checklist (1A) with research plan attached, and Approval Form (1B).
    The Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C) will be required only if work was conducted in an institutional or industrial setting at any time during the current ISEF project year.
    Relevant documentation pertaining to projects involving Human Subjects, Vertebrate Animals, Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents and Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices.

    Form Description
    Checklist for Adult Sponsor/ Safety
    Assessment Form (1)
    (118Kb)
    Required for all projects!
    Research Plan Attachment and Research Plan
    (1A) - Individual Project
    (136Kb)
    Required for all individual projects!
    Research Plan Attachment and Research Plan
    (1A) - Team Project
    (136Kb)
    Required for all team projects!
    Approval Form (1B) (90Kb) Required for all projects!
    Regulated Research Institutional/ Industrial
    Setting Form (1C)
    (96Kb)
    Required for projects that are conducted in a regulated research
    institution (e.g. universities, medical centres, A*Star research institutes, etc) or industrial setting
    Qualified Scientist Form (2) (95Kb) Required for projects that involve potentially hazardous
    biological agents, vertebrate animals, controlled substances and humans. To be signed prior the start of experimentation
    Risk Assessment Form (3) (72Kb) Required for projects that use hazardous chemicals, activities or
    devices. If the substance is controlled by the U.S. DEA, the QS will be required to supervise the project. To be signed prior to experimentation by the DS or QS
    Human Subjects Form (4) (101Kb) Required for all research that involves humans. IRB approval is
    needed before experimentation
    Vertebrate Animal Form (5A)/(5B) (89Kb) Form 5(A): Required for all research that involves vertebrate
    animals conducted in a Non-Regulated Research site. SRC approval is needed before experimentation
    Form 5(B): Required for all research that involves vertebrate
    animals conducted at a Regulated Research Institution. IACUC approval is needed before experimentation
    Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Form
    (6A)
    (80Kb)
    Required for all research that involves microorganisms, rDNA and
    fresh tissue, blood and body fluids. SRC/IACUC/IBC/RAC approval is needed before experimentation
    Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form (6B) (75Kb) Required for all projects using fresh tissue, primary cell
    cultures, blood, blood products and body fluids. All projects using any tissue listed above must also complete Form 6A. If the research involves living organisms, please ensure that proper human or animal forms are completed.
    Continuation Projects Form (7) (87Kb) Required for projects that are a continuation in the same field from a previous year (s)' project.
  4. The Entry Form
    The A*STAR Talent Search Entry Form is for applicants of A*TS. These applications will automatically be admitted to SSEF.
    If all 3 members of the team project would like to take part in A*TS, they will have to submit 3 individual A*TS entry forms but register online only once as a team and submit the required documents as a team. If only one member of the team would like to take part in A*TS, the team will have to submit a SSEF entry form (team) and an A*TS entry form for the specific member who would like to participate in A*TS. Similarly, the required documents are to be submitted as a team.
    For some general advices for A*TS applicants, please click here (30Kb).
  5. Digital Photographs
    A softcopy of the individual applicant or all members of the team if it is a team application should be stored on the floppy disk/CD-R containing the softcopy of the research paper. The file-size of each colour photograph in JPEG format should be less than 100 kb with a dimension of 125 by 150 pixels.

Students are to ensure that the relevant sections of the Entry Form are completed.
Incomplete submissions may be rejected.

Applications are to be sent to the below address:

The Singapore Science Centre
c/o
Dr Andrew D. Giger
Fair Director (SSEF 2007)
15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081

Should you have any questions regarding your application, please do not hesitate to contact any of the following:

Rachel
rz_chong@science.edu.sg
6425 2595

Ms Gayatri
gayatri_balakrishnan@moe.gov.sg
6879 6591

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