The State Science Review Committee (SRC) reviews each project entered into the TXSEF for eligibility. Each project must be cleared by the SRC prior to project setup. The volunteer-based SRC includes at least one biomedical scientist, one science educator, and one other member. Members of the SRC are knowledgeable about research subject matter and regulations, review required forms for entries, and address any problems before projects are allowed to set up. The SRC looks for “red flags” that may require additional forms or project eligibility. The goal of the SRC is to ensure that all projects are safe and meet the guidelines set by the ISEF.
What are common SRC red flags?
- Human Subjects
If your child is used human subjects, he/she must obtain release forms for each subject.
- Vertebrate Animals
If your child used vertebrate animals, he/she must fill out the vertebrate animal form.
- Hazardous Materials
- Certified Laboratories
Experiments must be performed in a certified laboratory and not at home. Projects will be disqualified if experiments are performed at home.