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									Research Center

 Montana’s Largest Regional Science and Engineering Fair
                      Sanctioned by the
     Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
                    MARCH 28 & 29, 2008

           High School Application
        High school application deadline January 25, 2008
   On the campus of Montana State University - Billings
                      Welcome Students
                             to the
                    20 Anniversary of the
              Billings Clinic Research Center’s
                         Science Expo!

   As a Science Expo participant, you have chosen to
  explore your world in hopes of discovering something
              that you did not know before.
                We celebrate your quest.

We offer our sincere gratitude to each parent, teacher and sponsor
for the support, encouragement and inspiration generously given
to each child.

“The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from
                              ……Albert Einstein
Table of Contents
Welcome from Dr. Howard R. Knapp, Vice President Research…………….2

Schedule of Events…………………………..……………………………………3

Eligibility and Requirements……………………………………..………….4 & 5

Continuation Projects……………………………..………………..….………….5

Team Projects…………………………………………….……………….………6

Team Projects Application Form………………………….………..…………..21

Display and Safety Regulations………………………………………….….6 & 7

Roles and Responsibilities of Students and Adults……………………………8

Categories………………………………………………………………………… 9

Science Expo Scientific Review Committee…………………………..………10

Mentoring Opportunities…………………………………………………………11

Judging Criteria…………………………………………………………………...11

How to Enter……………………………………………………..…….……12 & 13

Projects Requiring Additional ISEF Forms……………………………....12 & 13

Science Expo Application Forms……………………………………………14 -21
   Official ISEF Forms Included:
             ISEF Form: Student Checklist (1A)………………………….…………16
              ISEF Form: Approval Form (1B)…………………………….………….17
             ISEF Form: Checklist for Adult Sponsor Form(1)………….………….18
             ISEF Form: Research Plan (A)………………………………..…..19 & 20
             ISEF Form: Team Project…..……………………………………………21
Application Deadline……………………………………………..…………….…12

Montana State Science Fair Information………..………………………….…..13

2007 Science Expo Award Lists & Prizes………..………………..……..22 & 23

Check us out on the web at
For more detailed rules go to
Montana State Science Fair; March 17
Welcome Students, Parents, Teachers and Guests:                          Dr. Knapp, presenting the 2007
                                                                          Science Expo Grand Awards

We welcome you all to a world of expanding horizons through research as we
celebrate the achievements of student scientists during the 20th annual Billings Clinic
Research Center Science Expo!

To the 500 students who will be entering this year’s Intel International Science and
Engineering regional fair, it is our pleasure to recognize your efforts to successfully
explore the world of scientific research using library knowledge and the scientific
method to produce new scientific findings.

Here at the Research Center, we are busy every day either trying new medications
on patients with various diseases or discovering in the lab new uses and information
from products grown and used right here in Montana.

As a state rich in agriculture and natural resources, we need students who discover,
early in their education, that science and technology are exciting—and worth
pursuing as a career. We need a diversity of ideas—people who know how to think
and solve problems creatively. Above all, we need people who realize that education
is lifelong experience of continuous renewal—fostered by enthusiastic teachers!

I would like to extend our best wishes to all the students who have participated this
year. You are all winners by virtue of the dedication and commitment you have
shown. We commend you for the hours you spent on researching, building, and
exhibiting your projects.

All of these important efforts are made possible by the teachers, parents, sponsors,
and volunteers who have not only helped students reach for their best creative
ideas, but who have spent countless hours making the Science Expo an
extraordinary project. Today’s students are Montana’s future, and the scientists and
technical specialists they become will be transforming our world.

I look forward to learning about your projects and visiting with you.


Howard R. Knapp, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President Research

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Schedule of Events
This schedule is tentative and is subject to change. Please check our website for updates

Friday, March 28
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.       Registration, Project Set-up and Safety Check
                      Montana State University-Billings-Alterowitz Gymnasium

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.       Middle School Science Bowl Competition
                      Montana State University-Billings
                      School of Business

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Judge’s Dinner & Preview of Projects
                   Judges only in Gymnasium

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Judging of all Science Fair Projects
                  Student must be present at booth for judging
                  Students and Judges only allowed in Gymnasium

Guest Celebrity Scientist to be Announced

Saturday, March 29
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.      Science Fair Projects – Open to Public

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.       Interactive Science Exhibits
                      Lower Alterowitz Gymnasium

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.     Middle School Fuel Cell Competition
                      Alterowitz Main Gymnasium

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.       Awards Presentation
                      Lincoln Center Auditorium
                      4th Ave North & 29th St

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.       Project take down
                      Alterowitz Main Gymnasium

                                                     2007Science Expo
                                                    Grand Award Winners
                                                       High School Division
                                                     Recipients of $250.00
                                                        cash and an all
                                                      expense paid trip to
                                                    the Intel International
                                                         Science and
                                                       Engineering Fair
      Mykal Eden and Joanita Mathews

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                                                                      Science Expo is an affiliate
                                                                       of the Intel International
                                                                       Science and Engineering
                                                                      Fair, the largest pre-college
                                                                          gathering of science
Eligibility Requirements                                                 students in the world!

Ethics Statement
Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition.
Plagiarism, use or presentation of other researcher’s works as one's own; forgery of approval
signatures and fabrication or falsification of data or approval dates will not be tolerated. Fraudulent
projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs or the ISEF.

Eligibility Limitations
1) any student in grades 9-12 or equivalent is eligible, none of whom has reached age 21 on or
before May 1 preceding the Intel ISEF.

2) Each student may enter only one project. This project must cover research done over a maximum
of 12 continuous months between January 2007 and May 2008.

3) Students may compete in only one ISEF Affiliated Fair, except the state/national fair affiliated with
the Intel ISEF from an affiliated regional fair. Students are permitted to enter the Montana state
science fair without first competing in the Billings Clinic Science Expo regional science fair.

4) Team projects may have a maximum of three members.

1) All domestic and international students competing in an ISEF-affiliated fair must adhere to all of
the rules as set forth in this document.

2) Before experimentation begins, a Scientific Review Committee (SRC) must review and approve
all projects involving: human subjects, vertebrate animals, pathogenic agents, controlled substances
or recombinant DNA.

3) All projects must adhere to the Ethics Statement above and to local, state, country and US
Federal laws and regulations. Experiments involving weapons of any kind will not be permitted in

4) Every student must complete Student Check list (1A), a Research Plan and Approval Form (1B)
and review the project with Adult Sponsor as the Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1) is completed.

5) A Qualified Scientist is required for all studies involving BSL-2 potentially hazardous biological
agents, DEA – controlled substances, more than minimal risk in human subjects and for most
vertebrate animal studies.

6) After experimentation, each student or team must submit a (maximum) 250-word, one-page
abstract, which summarizes the current year’s work. The abstract must describe research conducted
by the student, not by adult supervisors (see Student Handbook).

7) A project data book and research paper are not required, but are recommended. (see Student

8) After initial IRB/SRC approval (if required); any proposed changes in the Student Checklist and
Research Plan (1A) must be re-approved prior to experimentation/data collection for the current

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9) Projects which are continuations of previous year’s work and which require SRC approval must
be re-approved prior to experimentation/data collection for the current year.

10) Any continuing project must document that the additional research is new and different. (See
Continuation Projects Form (7))

11) If work was conducted in a regulated research institution, industrial setting or any work site other
than home, school or field at any time during the current ISEF project year, Regulated Research
Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C) must be completed.

12) Intel ISEF exhibits must adhere to Intel ISEF safety and size requirements.

13) Introduction or disposal of foreign or non-native substances or species, toxic chemicals or
pathogenic substances into the environment is prohibited. See

14) It is the student’s responsibility to check with their affiliated fair for any additional restrictions or

15) All signed forms, certifications, and permits must be available for review by an SRC just before
each fair a student enters.

Continuation of Projects
1) Students will be judged only on the most recent year’s research. This project year includes
research conducted over a maximum of 12 continuous months from March 2007 to March 2008.

2) Display boards must reflect the current year’s work only The project title displayed in the Finalist’s
booth may mention years (for example, “Year Two of an Ongoing Study”). Supporting data books
(not research papers) from previous related research may be exhibited on the table properly labeled
as such.

3) Any project in the same field of study from a previous year’s project is considered a continuation.
These projects must document that the additional research is new and different from prior work (e.g.
testing a new variable or new line of investigation, etc.) Repetition of previous experimentation or
increasing sample size are examples of unacceptable continuations.

4) Longitudinal studies are permitted as an acceptable continuation under the following conditions:

a. The study is a multi-year study testing or documenting the same variables in which time is the
   critical variable. (Examples: Effect of high rain or drought on soil in a given basin, return of flora
   and fauna in a burned period over time.)

    b. Each consecutive year must demonstrate time-based change.

    c. The display board must be based on collective past conclusionary data and its comparison to
    the current year data set. No raw data from previous years may be displayed.

    NOTE: For competition in the Intel ISEF, documentation must include the Continuation Project
    Form (7), the prior year’s abstract and Student Checklist (1A) Research Plan including an
    attached research plan or equivalent documentation. Copies must be attached behind the
    current year’s Research Plan and forms. Each page of the previous year’s forms must be
    clearly labeled in the upper right hand corner with the year (ex: 2006-2007). Retain all previous
    years’ paperwork in case an SRC requests documentation of experimentation conducted in
    other prior years.

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Team Projects
1) Teams may have up to three members.
2) Team membership cannot be changed during a given research year including converting from an
individual project or vice versa, but may be altered in subsequent years.
3) Each team should appoint a team leader to coordinate the work and act as spokesperson.
However, each member 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 all team members and will be evaluated using similar rules and judging criteria
as individual projects.
4) Each team member must submit an Approval Form (1B). However, team members must jointly
submit the Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), one abstract, a Student Checklist (1A), a Research
Plan and other required forms.
5) Full names of all team members must appear on the
abstract and forms.

Display and Safety Regulations for Division I-Grades 9-12
General Requirements
The Display and Safety Committee is the final authority on display and safety issues for
approved by the SRC to compete. Occasionally, the Display and Safety Committee may
require students to make revisions in their display to conform to display and safety
Minimum Size of Project:
    •   30 inches deep front to back
    •   48 inches side to side
    •   108 inches floor to top
    •   Maximum project sizes include all project materials and supports. If a table is used, it
        becomes part of the project and must not itself exceed the allowed dimensions nor may the
        table plus any part of the project exceed the allowed dimensions. All projects and
        demonstrations of projects must be only within the confines of the allowed dimensions.

    Not Allowed at Project or in Booth:
    1. Living organisms, including plants
    2. Taxidermy specimens or parts
    3. Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
    4. Human or animal food
    5. Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example: blood, urine) (Exceptions:
        teeth, hair, nails, dried animal bones, histological dry mount sections and
        completely sealed wet mount tissue slides)
    6. Plant materials (living, dead or preserved) usually which were part of the
        scientific experimentation and which are in their raw, unprocessed or non-
        manufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in
        building the project or display)
    7. All chemicals including laboratory/household chemicals, including water
        (Exceptions: water integral to an enclosed apparatus or water supplied by
        the Display and Safety Committee)
    8. All hazardous substances or devices (for example: poisons, drugs, firearms,
        weapons, ammunition, reloading devices and lasers)
    9. Dry ice or other sublimating solids
    10. Sharp items (for example: syringes, needles, pipettes, and knives)
    11. Flames or highly flammable materials
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12. Batteries with open-top cells
13. Awards, medals, business cards, flags, logos, endorsements and or
14. Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in
    surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, other lab procedures, or
    improper housing conditions, etc.
15. Active Internet or e-mail connections as part of displaying or operating the project
16. Prior years’ written material or visual depictions on the vertical display board.
    [Exception: the project title displayed in the Finalist’s booth may mention years of
    continuation or which year the project is (for example, “Year Two of an Ongoing
    Study”)]. Continuation projects must have the Continuation Project Form (7)
    vertically displayed.
17. Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display and Safety Committee to be
    an integral and necessary part of the project (Exception: glass that is an integral
    part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)
18. Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and
    Safety Committee, or Science Service (for example, large vacuum tubes or
    dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained
    combustible liquids or gases,pressurized tanks, etc.)

Allowed at Project or in Booth, BUT with the Restrictions Indicated:
1. Soil, sand, rock or waste samples if permanently sealed in a slab of acrylic.
2. Empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases must be
   certified as having been purged with carbon dioxide.
3. Photographs or visual depictions if:
      a) they are not deemed offensive or inappropriate by the SRC, Safety
           Display and Committee. This includes but is not limited to
           photographs or visual depictions of invertebrate or vertebrate animals,
           including humans. The decision made by any of the groups
           mentioned above is final.
      b) they have credit lines of origin (‘photograph taken by’…or ‘Image taken
           from..’ if all photos displayed were taken by the participant or are from
           the same source, one credit line displayed is sufficient.
      c) they are photos of the participant.
      d) they are photos of human subjects for which signed consent forms are
           at the project or in the booth. (human subjects form 4 or equivalent
           photo release signed by the subject must be included in the
5. Any apparatus with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with
   tension or pinch points for display only and may not be operated.
6. Class II lasers:
      a) Output energy is <1mW and may be operated only by the Finalist.
      b) May be operated only during Display & Safety inspection and
           during judging.
      c) Posted sign must read “Laser Radiation: Do Not Look Into Beam.”

       d) Must have protective housing that prevents physical and visual
          access to beam.
       e) Must be disconnected when not operating.
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7. Class III and IV lasers may not be operated.
8. Pressurized tanks that contained non-combustibles may be allowed if
    properly secured.
9. Any apparatus producing temperatures that will cause physical burns must
    be adequately insulated.
10. See “Additional Project and General Regulations” at: for other electrical rules.

Roles and Responsibilities of Students and Adults
The student researcher is responsible for all aspects of the research project
including enlisting any needed supervisory adults (Adult Sponsor, Qualified
Scientist, etc.), obtaining necessary approvals (SRC, IRB, etc.) following the
Rules and Guidelines for Science Expo and ISEF, doing the experimentation,
engineering, data analysis, etc. involved in the project.
An Adult Sponsor may be a teacher, parent, university professor, or 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 ultimately responsible not only for the health and safety of
the student conducting the research, but also for the humans or animals used as
subjects. The Adult Sponsor must review the student’s Student Checklist and
Research Plan (1A) to make sure that:
    a) experimentation is done within local, state, and federal laws and these
       International Rules;
    b) that forms are completed by other adults involved in approving or
       supervising any part of the experiment; and
    c) that criteria for the qualified scientist adhere to those set forth in the
       Operational Guidelines.
The Adult Sponsor must be familiar with the regulations that govern potentially
dangerous research as they apply to a specific student project. These may
include chemical and equipment usage, experimental techniques, research
involving human or non-human animals, cell cultures, microorganisms or animal
tissues. The issues must be discussed with the student when completing the
Research Plan (1A). Some experiments involve procedures or materials that
are regulated by state and federal laws. If not thoroughly familiar with the
regulations, the Adult Sponsor should help the student enlist the aid of a
Qualified Scientist.

The Adult Sponsor is responsible for ensuring the student’s research is eligible
for entry in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

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 Intel ISEF Categories and Subcategories
Please visit our website at for a full
description and definition of the Intel

ANIMAL                    Physical                  ENGINEERING:                  Applied Mathematics
SCIENCES                  Chemistry                 Materials &                   Geometry
Development               Other                     Bioengineering                Probability and Statistics
Ecology                   COMPUTER                  Bioengineering                Other
Animal Husbandry          SCIENCE                   Civil Engineering,            MEDICINE & HEALTH
Pathology                 Algorithms, Data          Construction Eng.             SCIENCES
Physiology                Bases                     Chemical Engineering          Disease Diagnosis and
Populations               Artificial                Industrial Engineering,       Treatment
Genetics                  Intelligence              Processing                    Epidemiology
Systematics               Networking and            Material Science              Genetics
Other                     Communications            Other                         Molecular Biology of
BEHAVIORAL &              Computational             ENERGY &                      Diseases
SOCIAL                    Science,                  TRANSPORTATION                Physiology and
SCIENCES                  Computer                  Aerospace and                 Pathophysiology
Clinical &                Graphics                  Aeronautical                  Other
Developmental             Software                  Engineering,                  MICROBIOLOGY
Psychology                Engineering.,             Aerodynamics                  Antibiotics, Antimicrobials
Cognitive                 Programming               Alternative Fuels             Bacteriology
Psychology                Languages                 Fossil Fuel Energy            Microbial Genetics
Physiological             Computer System,          Vehicle Development           Virology
Psychology                Operating System          Renewable Energies            Other
Sociology                 Other                     Other                         PHYSICS AND
Other                     EARTH &                   ENVIRONMENTAL                 ASTRONOMY
BIOCHEMISTRY              PLANETARY                 MANAGEMENT                    Atoms, Molecules, Solids
General                   SCIENCE                   Bioremediation                Astronomy
Biochemistry              Climatology,              Ecosystems                    Biological Physics
Metabolism                Weather                   Management                    Instrumentation and
Structural                Geochemistry,             Environmental                 Electronics
Biochemistry              Mineralogy                Engineering                   Magnetics and
Other                     Paleontology              Land Resource                 Electromagnetics
CELLULAR AND              Geophysics                Management, Forestry          Nuclear and Particle Physics
MOLECULAR                 Planetary Science         Recycling, Waste              Optics, Lasers, Masers
BIOLOGY                   Tectonics                 Management                    Theoretical Physics,
Cellular Biology          Other                     Other                         Theoretical or
Cellular and              ENGINEERING:              ENVIRONMENAL                  Computational Astronomy
Molecular                 Electrical &              SCIENCES                      Other
Genetics                  Mechanical                Air Pollution and Air         PLANT SCIENCES
Immunology                Electrical Eng.,          Quality                       Agriculture/Agronomy
Molecular Biology         Computer Eng.,            Soil Contamination and        Development
Other                     Controls                  Soil Quality                  Ecology
CHEMISTRY                 Mechanical                Water Pollution and           Genetics
Analytical                Engineering,              Water Quality                 Photosynthesis
Chemistry                 Robotics                  Other                         Plant Physiology (Molecular,
General Chemistry         Thermodynamics,           MATHEMATICAL                  Cellular, Organismal)
Inorganic                 Solar                     SCIENCES                      Plant Systematics, Evolution
Chemistry                 Other                     Algebra                       Other
Organic Chemistry                                   Analysis

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The Scientific Review Committee
A Scientific Review Committee (SRC) exists at the Science Expo for all high school
level students. The SRC reviews the forms and the Research Plan for all projects to
ensure that students have followed all applicable rules prior to experimentation.

This committee is comprised of local community members who donate their time
and meet weekly to review high school projects.

The SRC examines projects for the following:
     1. Evidence of literature search
     2. Evidence of proper supervision and safety
     3. Use of accepted research techniques
     4. Completed forms, signatures and dates
     5. Evidence of search for alternatives to animal use
     6. Humane treatment of animals
     7. Compliance with rules and laws governing human and animal research
     8. Appropriate use of recombinant DNA, pathogenic organisms, controlled
        substances, tissues and hazardous substances and devices
     9. Appropriate documents and substantial expansion for continuation

Once the SRC reviews each student’s application, the Science Expo coordinator will contact the student with
the results. If changes are needed, the student will be asked to submit those changes and reapply to the SRC for

                                                                              ISEF invites the top winners from
                                                                              over 518 affiliated fairs to compete
                                                                              for prizes and scholarships
                                                                              totaling over $2 million.

Chris Hagan discusses scientific findings with veteran Expo Judge

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Students may request additional guidance from a professional adult in their field of
scientific interest by calling the Science Expo office at 247-6456. An effort will be
made to provide a student with mentor as soon as possible. Successful
partnerships have resulted between such organizations as Montana State
University-Billings, Energy Laboratories, ExxonMobil and more.

Science Expo requires over 250 community members to judge over 500 science fair
projects in a two hour period. Judges evaluate and focus on:
  1. How well the student followed the scientific methodologies
  2. How much effort and creativity was put forth on the individual or team project
  3. The detail and accuracy of the research and how it was documented

During the judging process, at least three judges will interview each student;
additionally, there will be Special judges that will interview students to evaluate the
project for Special Awards. Students are advised to be present until all judging is
completed. It is helpful for students to pay close attention to the type of ribbon each
judge wears in order to know what type of judging is taking place. Students will be
asked to explain their research to demonstrate their knowledge of the project.
Judges will also want to test your methodology and knowledge of the subject.

Points will be awarded on the following:
       1. 60 points for Scientific Merit and Creative Ability
       2. 10 points for Display Aesthetics/Visual Presentation
       3. 20 points for Communication Skills/Oral Presentation
       4. 10 points for Level of Effort

Once the scores of all high school students are tallied, a finalist team of judges will
be given the task of selecting the top ten winners.

To see in more detail the judging worksheet, go to and
pull down the judging criteria. For further questions regarding the judging process,
please call 247-6456.

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     How to Enter Science Expo 2008
                                      (Grades 9-12)

              Application Deadline: January 25, 2007

               Required Forms for All High School Students:
     1. Billings Clinic Research Center Science Expo Application
     2. ISEF Forms:
             a) Checklist for Adult Sponsor/Safety Assessment Form (1)
                    this form is required for all projects and must be completed before
             b) Student checklist (1A)
                     this form is required for all projects
             c) Research Plan
                     this form is required for all projects before experimentation and must
                     accompany Checklist (A1)
             d) Approval Form (1B)
                  this form is required for each student, including each team member

These forms are available online at

  a) Institutional or Industrial Setting
  b) Work conducted or equipment used at an institutional (e.g., scientific
     lab, university lab, medical center, National Institute of Health, etc.) or
     industrial setting at any time during the current project year.
  c) Work that is a continuation of a previous year’s project
  d) Projects that are continuations of a previous year’s work must be re-
     approved prior to experimentation for the current year.
  e) Team Projects
  f) Teams may have up to three members. A team project cannot be
     converted to an individual project or vice versa.
  g) Human Subjects
  h) Concerns all biomedical and behavioral research involving human
     subjects, including studies in which the researcher is the subject of
     his/her own research

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i) Non-Human Vertebrate Animals
j) Students should explore all possible alternatives before proposing
   testing on vertebrate animals. Please refer to the ISEF position
   statement on the use of animals in pre-college science research at
k) Human/Non-human Vertebrate Animal Tissue
l) All projects involving viable fresh tissue, organs, human or animal
   parts, including blood, blood products, teeth, primary cell cultures, and
   body fluids.
m) Pathogenic and Potentially-pathogenic Agents or Organisms
n) Pathogens are disease causing or potentially disease-causing agents.
   Organisms collected, isolated, and/or cultured from any environment
   should be considered potentially pathogenic.
o) Controlled Substances
p) Includes DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) classed substances,
   prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
q) Recombinant DNA
r) Applies to all recombinant studies regardless of host.
s) Hazardous Substances or Devices
t) Includes research involving hazardous chemicals, equipment,
   firearms, radioactive substances, radiation, mutagens, carcinogens
   and chemical mixtures found in pesticides. Consult the Materials
   Safety Data Sheets to differentiate between hazardous and non-
   hazardous chemicals.
These additional ISEF forms are available online at: or by calling the Science Expo office at

                                                    Montana State
                                                    Science Fair
                                                   March 17, 2008
                                                Did you know that you are
                                                also eligible to compete in
                                                the Montana State Science
                                                Fair? There are no
                                                prerequisites. Please visit
                                                the Montana State Fair
                                                website at:

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                                                                                        OFFICE USE ONLY:
                                                                                        Date Received
                                                                                        Project Review By
Research Center                                                                         Date of Acceptance
                                                                                          Individual    Team: 2 3 Needs Elec:
Science Expo                                                                            Category_____________________________
                                   2008 Southeast Montana Regional                         Table        Floor
                                      Science and Engineering Fair
                         HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION GRADES 9- 12:
                                      Application Deadline: January 25, 2008

                          PLEASE PRINT ALL INFORMATION VERY CLEARLY                                                   (page1)

  Entrant’s Last Name                                     First Name                         MI                 M/F
  Grade                         E-mail Address
  Home Address                                                                     Phone
  City                                           County                   State              Zip Code
  Parent’s Name                                                           Daytime Phone

  School [official school name]:
                                       Check one:    Public     Private     Home School
  School address                                                 City                        Zip Code

  Science Teacher: First Name                    Last Name                         Daytime Phone

  Adult Sponsor: (If different than your Science Teacher) First Name               Last Name:

  Daytime Phone                         Adult Sponsor’s E-mail Address

    I will need an electrical power source at my booth.

  Project Type:    Individual       Team---List teammate(s) name(s)_____________________________________


  Project Title____________________________________________________________________________________

  Project Category (Refer to ISEF category descriptions, and check one of the following categories.):
               Animal Sciences                     Computer Science                   Environmental Management
               Behavioral/Social Sciences          Earth & Planetary Science          Environmental Sciences
               Biochemistry                        Engineering: Elec/Mech             Mathematical Sciences
               Cellular & Molecular Bio            Engineering: Materials/Bioeng.     Medicine & Health Sciences
               Chemistry                           Energy & Transportation            Microbiology
              Physics & Astronomy                  Plant Sciences                     Other________________________
  If your project involves the following, please check below to be more accurately considered for a special industry award:
     Water quality, management, protection or treatment             Physical Sciences         Aerospace
     Exercise, a healthy diet or non-smoking lifestyle              Environmental             Geosciences
     Use of images in problem solving or presentation               Optical Science           Meteorology
      In Vitro Biology or tissue culture                            Corrosion                 Use of the metric system
     Materials Engineering                                          Other______________________________
                              Please complete both sides of this application
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              2008 Southeast Montana Regional Science and Engineering Fair
                                           Application Deadline: January 25, 2008

Project Display Request:                                                                               Table-Top Exhibit:
Science Fair Exhibit Requirements:                                                                           Needs Electricity:
   Exhibit space is limited to 30 inches (76 cm) front-to-back, 48 inches (122 cm) side-to-side, and 108 inches (274 cm) from
   floor to highest point on exhibit, with or without a table. Table top is 30 inches (76 cm) above floor level. Project can sit directly on the floor
   with no table provided.


 Student Consent
  I understand the risks and possible dangers of the proposed research plan and will adhere to all Science
    Expo/ISEF Rules and Ethics when conducting my research.

         Student Name: ______________________________________________________________________
         Student Signature: _______________________________________________ Date: _______________

   Parent/Guardian Consent
   As the parent or guardian of _____________________________________, I consent to his/her participation in the Billings Clinic Research
   Center Science Expo. Furthermore, I agree to hold harmless Billings Clinic, Montana State University-Billings and any Science Expo staff or
   volunteer, both jointly and individually, from any liability or other legal action that may arise as a result of personal injury or property damage
   incurred from participation in, or travel to and from the Billings Clinic Research Center Science Expo. Additionally, I authorize Billings Clinic to
   photograph, videotape, or permit other persons to photograph or videotape the above-named student during their attendance or participation in
   any aspect of this event, and, that Billings Clinic and/or other authorized persons may use the resulting negatives, prints, videotape or audio
   recordings for such publicity purposes as may be desired, including, but not limited to printed publication and/or any Billings Clinic advertising.

                        Signature of Parent or Guardian                                                                       Date

         Submitting Entry Forms:
         All High School Division applicants must submit the following forms to the Science Expo office by
         Friday, January 25, 2008. Please make a copy of all forms for your records before submitting your application.
                      This Science Expo Official High School Division Entry Application Form pg. 1 & 2
                      ISEF Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1)
                      ISEF Student Checklist (1A)
                      ISEF Research Plan (A)
                      ISEF Approval Form (1B)
                      Other necessary ISEF forms, depending on your research subject

  Mail your High School Division Entry Form and ISEF forms to:                                Science Expo will not accept faxed
                       Billings Clinic Research Center
                                                                                            Phone: (406)247-6456 or 1-800-996-2663
                      Science Expo                                                          E-mail:
                      1045 N. 30th                                                
                      Billings, MT 59101

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                                   Research Plan (A)
                 REQUIRED for ALL Projects Before Experimentation
            A complete research plan must accompany Checklist for Student (1A)

                    Provide a typed research plan and attach to Student Checklist (1A).
                       The research plan for ALL projects is to include the following:
A. Question being addressed
B. Hypothesis/Problem/Engineering Goals
C. Description in detail of method or procedures (The following are important and key items that should
be included when formulating ANY AND ALL research plans.)
       Procedures: Detail all procedures and experimental design to be used for data collection
       Data Analysis: Describe the procedures you will use to analyze the data that answer research question
     or hypothesis
D. Bibliography: List at least five (5) major references (e.g. science journal articles, books, internet sites)
from your literature review. If you plan to use vertebrate animals, one of these references must be an animal
care reference.
     o Choose one style and use it consistently to reference the literature used in the research plan
     o Guidelines can be found in the Student Handbook.
These are guidelines and should be followed where applicable. *Refer to Items 1-4 below.

1. Human subjects research (See instructions on p. 13 of the International Rules):
      Detail all procedures, include what the participants are asked to do (see p. 13)
      Describe Risk Assessment process and how risks will be minimized
         o Strategies used to protect privacy and confidentiality
      Describe Study Sample/Human Subjects
         o Number of human subjects and estimated demographics (may include information such as: age,
         male/female, cultural background breakdown, Socio-economic status)
         o Recruitment procedures (where and how subjects are recruited)
         o Procedures for obtaining informed consent must include statement about informing potential
         human subjects about voluntary nature of participation and right to withdraw at any time
      Include survey or questionnaires if used, and critically evaluate the risk
         o List and describe the measures (questionnaires, surveys) used and how you measure the variable
         of interest (behavioral observations, time, length). Attach the questionnaire/survey
         o Consider emotional stress and potential consequences
      Describe any physical activities or procedures, if used, and critically evaluate the risks
        o Type, duration of exercise or physical activity
        o Ingestion method, amount, intervals, etc.
2. Vertebrate animal research (See instructions on p.17 of the International Rules):
      Briefly discuss POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVES and present a detailed justification for use of
    vertebrate animals

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Research Plan (A) continued…                                 Name_________________________

      Explain potential impact or contribution this research may have
      Detail all procedures to be used
        o Include methods used to minimize potential discomfort, distress, pain and injury to the animals
        during the course of experimentation
        o Detailed chemical concentrations and drug dosages
      Detail animal numbers, species, strain, sex, age, etc.
        o Include justification of the numbers planned for the research
      Describe housing and oversight of daily care
      Discuss disposition of the animals at the termination of the study

3. Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (See instructions on p.21 of the International Rules):
       Describe Biosafety Level Assessment process and resultant BSL determination
       Give source of agent, source of specific cell line, etc.
       Detail safety precautions
       Discuss methods of disposal
4. Hazardous Chemicals, Activities & Devices (See instructions on p.25 of the International Rules):
       Describe Risk Assessment process and results
       Detail chemical concentrations and drug dosages
       Describe safety precautions and procedures to minimize risk

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                                                          Research Plan (1A) - TEAM
                                              This completed form is required for all team projects.
                                                     Type or print all information requested.
                                               Answer all questions and complete Research Plan

1) a) Team Leader____________________________________________                                           Grade_______________________
   b) Team Member__________________________________ c) Team Member____________________________

2) Title of Project_______________________________________________________________________________

3) Adult Sponsor______________________________                            Phone: _________________ Email: ____________

4) Is this a continuation from a previous year?     Yes      No
          If Yes: a) Attach the previous year’s Research Plan
                  b) Explain how this project is new and different from previous years on Continuation Form (7)
5) This year’s laboratory experiment/data collection will begin: (must be stated (mm/dd/yy)

          Projected Start Date: _______________________                            Projected End Date:_______________

          ACTUAL Start Date: ________________________                              ACTUAL End Date:________________

6) Where will you conduct your lab work? (check all that apply)                   Research Institution          School         Field   Home
7) Name, address & phone of school and work site(s)
          School:                                             Work site:                                          Work site:
          _______________________________ ______________________________                                          ___________________
          _______________________________ ______________________________                                          ___________________
          _______________________________ ______________________________                                          ___________________
          _______________________________ ______________________________                                          ___________________

    8) All projects require completed forms: Student Checklist (1A), Checklist for Adult Sponsor Form (1),
    Research Plan (1A), and Approval Form (1B). If research was conducted in a site other than school (K-12),
    field, or home, a Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C) should be completed.
    Check ALL items that apply to your research.
    The following areas require review and approval by SRC or IRB prior to experimentation:

       Humans (requires prior IRB approval; complete Forms: Checklist 1A, 1B, 4 [1C,2,3, if required]
       Vertebrate Animals (requires prior SRC or IACUC approval, complete: Checklist, 1A,1B,5A,or 5B [1C,2,3 if
       Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (requires prior SRC/IACUC/IBC/RAC approval; complete Forms:
       Checklist, 1A, 1B, 6A [1C,2,3,6B as required])
       Controlled Substances (requires prior SRC approval: complete Forms: Checklist, 1A, 1B, 2 or 3 [1C, 2, 3 as
    The following areas require approval by a Designated Supervisor prior to experimentation:
      Hazardous Substances or Devices (complete Forms: Checklist, 1A, 1B, 3 [1C, if required]

9) Complete Research Plan Attachment and attach to this form.

10) For finalist projects going on to the ISEF competition only: an abstract is required for all projects after experimentation.

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Awards and Prizes for Science Expo 2007
The following is a listing of the prizes that were awarded to 2007 Science Expo winners.
Awards for 2008 Science Expo will differ from this list.

Billings Clinic Research Center Awards to top 10 students:
First Place High School Division                                                           $250
Second Place High School Division                                                          $200
Third Place High School Division                                                           $150
Fourth Place High School Division                                                          $100
Fifth Place High School Division                                                           $ 50
Five High School Division Honorable Mentions                                               $ 25 each

INTEL International Science & Engineering Fair Awards for 2008:
New for 2008: Three Grand Award High School Division winners                               $5000 value
May receive an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia to compete
in the 2008 INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair.
This year’s dates are May 11 – 16, 2008.

Other Awards:
Most Artistic Display                                                                      $100
Future Scientist Award                                                                     $100
Creativity and Craftsmanship Award                                                         $100

Industry Awards:
American Meteorological Society-2 ;grades 8-12                                             Certificates
American Psychological Association; any grade                                              Certificate
ASM International Foundation; any grade                                                    Certificate and medallion
Association for Women Geoscientists; any grade/female                                      Certificate
Beartooth Stock Growers Assoc.: any grade                                                  Certificate / $100
Billings Engineers Club; any grade                                                         Ipod
Ted & Betsy Campen Earth Science Award; grades 1-6                                         $25
Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge; grades 5-8                                    Cert, Lapel Pin, Application
Energy Consultants; grades 4-6                                                             $50
MSU Health Sciences-2; grades 1-8                                                          $50
Eastman Kodak Photographic; any                                                            Camera kit
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Assoc; any grade                                       Certificate and medallion
Hon Engineering; grades 7-8                                                                Graphing Calculator
Hon Engineering; grades 1-6                                                                $100
Hydro Solutions; grades 7-8                                                                Certificate/$100
Innovative Technology Solutions; grades6-8                                                 MP-3 player
Intel Excellence in Computer Science; grades 9-12                                          Certificate and $200
Intel Excellence in Environmental Health and Safety; grades                                Certificate and $200
International Society for Optical Engineering; any grade                                   Certificate
Joy Stevens, PLLC; any grade                                                               Certificate
Mack Award; grades 1-6                                                                     Certificate/$25
Montana Geological Society; grades 7-8                                                     $50
Mu Alpha Theta; grades 9-12                                                                Certificate
National Society of Professional Engineers; grades 7-12                                    Cert/Lapel pin/subscription
NOAA; grades 7-12                                                                          Certificate & Medallion
Process Engineering Assoc, LLC; 7-8                                                        Scientific Calculator

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Awards and Prizes for Science Expo 2007 continued…

Ricoh Sustainable Development; any grade                         Certificate
Society for in Vitro Biology; grade 11                           Cert/Invitation to annual mtg
Society of Petroleum Engineers; grades 6-8                       $100
United States Air Force: Math & Science; grades 4-6              Certificate
United States Air Force: Math & Science; grades 7-8              Certificate
United States Army Dept of Engineering; grades 9-12              Certificate
United States Army Dept of Environmental Sciences; grades 9-12   Certificate
United States Army Dept of Life Sciences; grades 9-12            Certificate
US Dept of Health & Human Services; any grade                    Certificate
US Metric Association; grades 9-12                               Certificate
United States Navy; grades 6-8                                   Certificate & Award letter
United States Navy; grades 9-12                                  Certificate/ $50 gift Certificate
United States Marine Corps; grades 6-8 / 9 -12                   Graph calc. & day pack
Water Environment Federation- Stockholm Jr. Water Prize          $50,& Entry into State Competition
Yale Science & Engineering Association; grade 11                 Certificate and medallion
Montana State University-Billings top scoring; grades 11-12      $1000 scholarship

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