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Complete Rules and Entry Instructions 2013 PDF
i. a Department of Defense Dependents School or an accredited overseas American or International School; or ii. a foreign school as an exchange student; or iii. a foreign school because his/her parent(s) are temporarily working and living abroad.
I certify that all the information provided is correct to the best of my knowledge and I certify that the Research Report I am submitting is my own individual work, not that of a student team, nor does it represent the work of others. I agree to accept the decision of the judges as final and understand that my application and Research Report will not be returned to me but shall become the sole property of Intel STS/SSP. I also agree to permit Intel STS/SSP to use all information contained in my application in any way it deems appropriate for publicity purposes. I certify that I have read and fully understood all rules and eligibility requirements found in the Intel STS Rules & Official Entry Form and that I have complied with all rules and meet the eligibility for submitting this Intel STS entry. I further understand that scientific fraud, misconduct or violation of the rules and/or eligibility requirements may result in disqualification and forfeiture of any awards and that SSP reserves the right in such cases to bar future participation in SSP programs.
i. the student works with non-living material (e.g., tissue, blood) that has been supplied to them by the supervising scientist; andii. the animal(s) involved is/are not sacrificed, solely for the student’s project. iii. the project the student designs and implements begins with non-living material. (No procedures, invasive or otherwise, were conducted on live vertebrate animals for the student-designed project); andiv. the student was not involved in the collection of data, directly or indirectly (through media or video), using invasive or intrusive experimentation that causes more than momentary pain or distress to the vertebrate animal(s).
i. If research is conducted in a high school, it is the responsibility of the student researcher to receive properly documented IRB approval before beginning the study (see IRB guidelines below.)ii. If research is conducted at a federally regulated research institution (e.g., university, medical center, NIH, correctional institution, etc.), the research plan must be reviewed and approved by that institution’s IRB and proper documentation must be provided.
i. Data/record review studies in which the data are taken from preexisting, publicly available data.ii. Behavioral observations of unrestricted, public settings in which a) the researcher has no interaction with the individuals being observed and b) the researcher does not manipulate the environment and c) the researcher does not record any personally identifiable data.iii. Research in which the student receives data in a de-identified/anonymous format. The professional providing the data must certify, in writing, that the data have been appropriately de-identified in compliance with all privacy and HIPAA laws.
An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an independent committee that, according to federal regulations (45-CFR-46), evaluates the potential physical and/or psychological risk of research involving human subjects. All proposed human research must be reviewed and approved by an IRB before experimentation begins. This includes any surveys or questionnaires to be used.
School-level IRBs must consist of a minimum of three members. A school-level IRB must include: (1) a science teacher not involved with project(s) being reviewed, (2) a school administrator (preferably a principal or vice principal) and (3) one of the following who is knowledgeable and capable of evaluating the physical and/or psychological risk involved in a given study: a physician, psychiatrist, physician’s assistant, registered nurse, psychologist, or licensed social worker who is not involved with the project being reviewed. No member of an IRB may be personally related to the student researcher.
Teachers and advisors who oversee a specific project must not serve on the IRB reviewing that project. An improperly-constituted IRB invalidates the approval of a project. IRBs must secure additional alternate members to ensure the eligibility of the projects being reviewed.
IRBs exist at federally registered institutions (e.g., universities, medical centers, NIH, correctional facilities). The IRB must initially review and approve all proposed research conducted at, or sponsored by, that institution.
Once a study population is chosen, the student researcher must assess any potential physical and/or psychological risks. In evaluating risk, students and IRBs must follow the federal definition of minimal risk: No more than minimal risk exists when the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater (in and of themselves) than those ordinarily encountered in DAILY LIFE or during performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.
The following risk groups require additional safeguards because they may be vulnerable to coercion or undue influence:
The following are examples of activities that contain more than minimal risk:
Informed consent provides information to the subject about the risks and benefits associated with participation in the research study and allows the subject to make an independent, educated decision about whether or not to participate. Informed consent is an ongoing process, not a single event that ends with a signature on a page. It must not involve coercion or deception.
Documentation of informed consent is required:
Additional resources are available regarding human subjects research guidelines.
The Intel Science Talent Search, like colleges and universities across the nation, expects that students hold themselves to rigorous ethical standards, both academic and personal. Responsibility for integrity in scholarship is inherently the scholar’s, including the student scholar.
Students must be responsible for all aspects of their work’s authenticity: the research, the application, and all other documentation. The required signature box asks the entrant to attest to every statement, and by their signature, claim each one to be true or understood. It also attests that material submitted is exclusively the work of the applicant in substance and in presentation. Note that it additionally attests that no mentor of an Intel STS applicant may be compensated based on an applicant’s performance in the Intel STS. The responsibility and privilege to present independent work in conformity with Intel STS rules rests with the student, with the guidance of faculty and adult advisors.If a determination is made at any point that an entrant has violated rules and/or misrepresented work or attribution thereof, SSP reserves the right to disqualify the entry, withhold and/or withdraw monetary awards and/or exclude the entrant from participating in SSP programs.
Independent research for the Intel STS may produce findings that are the Intellectual Property (IP) of the entrant. Participation in the Intel STS requires disclosure of methods and results; they will be made available to the public. If entrants are concerned about the protection of IP, they are urged to consider these issues with their supervising scientist and qualified adult advisors to make an informed decision before entering the Intel STS. The exhibition, posting, and judging process will not be modified in deference to journal embargoes or other considerations.
All awards less than $20,000 will be paid in the year that the prize is awarded, if the student has provided the necessary documentation to process payment. Prizes not disbursed within two years of the award date will be subject to forfeiture.
For individual awards greater than or equal to $20,000, annual payments will be made. The awardee must be an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing to receive payment. Payments must begin no later than 6 years after the award is made and must conclude within 8 years of matriculation from high school. Initial payments will commence once the student has provided the necessary documentation to provide payment. Awards not disbursed within the dates noted above will be subject to forfeiture.
SSP may approve, at its discretion, the extension of the payment schedules noted above if the student provides a request in writing detailing his or her individual circumstances. SSP reserves the right to deny any such request.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations require that SSP file IRS Form 1099 for Miscellaneous Income for recipients of award monies which total $600 or more during a calendar year. Award recipients will receive their copy of Form 1099 from SSP in January of the year following the year award payments are made.
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