Display Regulations

Please note that these guidelines are from 2013. We will be updating this section in January. We will adhere to all of the Intel ISEF Display Regulations. Thank you for your patience.



All exhibits must be set up and approved by the CSRSEF Display Committee in the Bellevue College Gymnasium between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. on March 8, 2014 (see the fair schedule for more information). Participants will receive more specific directions one week before the fair.  Be sure to bring your lab notebook and research paper (encouraged but not required), and all forms to the fair.

Poster Display Guidelines

Maximum Size of Project

Depth (front to back): 30 inches or 76 centimeters
Width (side to side): 48 inches or 122 centimeters
Height (floor to top): 108 inches or 274 centimeters

Maximum project sizes include all project materials, supports, and demonstrations for public and judges.

Prohibited Materials

The following materials are NOT allowed at the CSRSEF (as part as a project display or otherwise):

  1. Living organisms, including plants
  2. Soil, sand, rock and/or waste samples even if permanently encased in a slab of plastic
  3. Taxidermy specimens or parts
  4. Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  5. Human or animal food
  6. Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
  7. Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)
  8. All chemicals including water (Exceptions: water integral to an enclosed, sealed apparatus.)
  9. All hazardous substances or devices (for example, poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices,  etc.)
  10. Dry ice or other sublimating solids
  11. Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
  12. Flames or highly flammable materials
  13. Batteries with open-top cells
  14. Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, or other lab procedures
  15. Active Internet or e-mail connections as part of displaying or operating the project at the Intel ISEF
  16. 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)
  17. Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee

Allowed at Project or in Booth with Restrictions

  1. Photos, charts, and diagrams that are not determined to be offensive or inappropriate by CSRSEF officials. This includes, but is not limited to, visually offensive photographs or visual depictions of invertebrate or vertebrate animals, including humans.
  2. Photos with a credit line of origin (“Photograph taken by…” or “Image taken from…” or “Graph/chart/table taken from…”) (If all photographs, etc. are from the same source, one credit prominently and vertically displayed is sufficient.)
  3. Photos or graphics from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, journals, etc., if credit lines are attached. (If all photographs, etc. are from the same source, one credit prominently and vertically displayed is sufficient.)
  4.  Any apparatus with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with tension or pinch points if for display only and not operated.
  5. Lasers, as long as they remain off during the entirety of the competition.

Electrical Regulations

Students requiring electrical power as part of their display MUST request it on the online registration form. Finalists must provide their own extension cords, power cords, etc.  All electrical equipment must be UL listed and have an on/off switch.  Computers, tablets, and other devices may be part of a project display as long as there is NO active internet connection.