The Ohio State University at Marion

Science Fair Registration


As you know, the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused disruption and cancellation of many events including many competitions. But the good news is that The North Central District Science Day and the Marion Area Science & Engineering Fair will be held as scheduled in 2022 but due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, both fairs will take place virtually, with award winners announced around March 26th.

We will continue to use the new milestone called “Virtual Judging Science Day Milestone” for students in STEM Wizard for the Science Fair in 2022.


Continued from 2021:
All students who complete an inquiry-based science project or design and build a prototype solution will be able to participate in the 2022 District Science Day without having to compete in a Local, County, or other Independent Science Day.

New for 2022 Fair Season:

We are excited to announce that registration and STEM Wizard milestones for MASEF will be combined with North Central District Science Day this year! Students should follow the steps below to register before the deadline of March 1st, 2022

  • Please use this registration link to navigate to the STEM Wizard website to register and upload documents
  • All required forms and files should be submitted online. If necessary, they can be scanned and uploaded as pdf files
  • Students need to make a note of their username and password so that they can edit their information and upload documents until the registration deadline

Note that team projects should submit just one registration, do not submit separate registrations for each team member. The school name should be selected from the pull-down menu. If you don’t see it there, check the full name of the school. For example, Dempsey Middle School is listed under “J” as John C Dempsey MS.

Payment of fees:
The registration fee for the District Science Day will be $25 per student payable on the STEM Wizard registration site. There will be no registration fee for MASEF 2022. Fees may be paid online by credit card at the time of registration.

What will the student submit?

Required for all projects

1. Abstract Form
2. Research Report
3. Research Plan
4. Additional Student Research Plan for Special Protocols or Adult Supervision Form
5. ISEF Forms ( )
a. Form 1: Checklist for Adult Sponsor
b. Form 1A: Student Checklist
c. Form 1B: Approval Form
6. Presentation and Video.
a. 2022 Video Presentation Questions
b. Content and Project Presentation Instructions

Project Requirements and Presentation Format Explained in Video

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Qudsia Tahmina at

Unsure if you need additional ISEF Form?

Below are descriptions of the requirements for each of the forms that may be required in addition to those listed above.

Registered Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (Form 1C)
If research is conducted in a registered research institution (e.g., universities, medical centers, NIH, etc.) or industrial setting, the following must be completed by the scientist supervising the student research:

Qualified Scientist Form (Form 2)
A Qualified Scientist is required to supervise projects involving potentially hazardous biological agents and controlled substances. A Qualified Scientist is required to supervise some projects involving nonhuman vertebrate animals, and human subject studies with more than minimal risk. The Qualified Scientist must sign the following form prior to the start of student experimentation.

Risk Assessment Form (Form 3)
This form is required for all projects using hazardous chemicals, activities or devices or regulated substances. A Designated Supervisor or Qualified Scientist must sign the form prior to the start of experimentation.

Human Participants Form (Form 4)
For all research involving humans, including projects involving surveys, the following form is required. Approval by an Institutional Review Board is required before experimentation. The Adult Sponsor, Qualified Scientist, or Designated Supervisor cannot serve on the Institutional Review Board.

Human Informed Consent Form
If your project requires informed consent of participants, then you need to complete this form

Vertebrate Animal Forms (Forms 5A and 5B)
If your project will not be conducted at a regulated research institution, use form 5A. Your project must receive prior approval by a Scientific Review Committee, who will determine whether your project requires supervision by a Veterinarian, a Designated Supervisor, and/or a Qualified Scientist.

Research conducted at a registered research institution must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the institution. Form 5B needs to be signed by a Qualified Scientist or the Principal Investigator of the research project, and by the IACUC chair or coordinator. A copy of the IACUC approval must be attached.

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment Form (Form 6A)
Form 6A is required for all research involving microorganisms, rDNA and fresh tissue, blood and body fluids. Approval by a Scientific Review Committee is required before experimentation. The SRC must conduct a risk assessment and determine the appropriate biosafety level for the biological agents used in the research. Approval of a Qualified Scientist or a Designated Supervisor is required before experimentation.

Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form (Form 6B)
Form 6B is required for all projects using fresh tissue, primary cell cultures, blood, blood products and body fluids. Students using any of these tissues must also complete form 6A. Approval of a Designated Supervisor or Qualified Scientist is required before experimentation.

Continuation Projects Form (Form 7)
If a project is a continuation in the same field of study as a previous year’s project, then this form must be submitted.

Payment of Fees

The registration fee for the District Science Day will be $25 per student payable on the STEM Wizard registration site. There will be no registration fee for MASEF 2022.