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Region II 
Teton, Judith Basin (northern portion), Fergus, Glacier, Toole, Pondera, and Cascade Counties
The Montana Region II Science and Engineering Fair is made possible by the generosity of local and regional businesses, donors and foundation contributions. There are over 400 students and 100 adults who participate in this event. If you or your businesses are interested in making a charitable contribution to support the Montana Region II Science and Engineering Fair, please contact Heather Palermo at 406.771.2290, or by email at heather.palermo@gfcmsu.edu.

The 2020 ISEF has been cancelled 

From the Society for Science & the Public: The Society for Science & the Public and Regeneron are deeply disappointed to share that, based on our comprehensive evaluation of guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control related to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair 2020, scheduled for May 10-15 in Anaheim, California.  

The health and well-being of everyone who attends our events is always our top priority. Given the unprecedented travel restrictions, government recommendations and protective measures being taken across the world, the Society and Regeneron believe the most responsible decision is to cancel this year’s Regeneron ISEF and avoid gathering thousands of people and students from around the world.

These are challenging and unprecedented times, and we share in the sadness of our finalists who looked forward to meeting and competing with their peers from around the world.  We applaud the leadership of the fairs around the world who in the last several weeks have had to make equally hard decisions to cancel, postpone or pivot to managing a virtual experience for their students. 

We are deeply grateful to everyone who collectively dedicated thousands of hours of their time along with their energy and passion to ensure that Regeneron ISEF would be an amazing experience. This includes the fair directors and parents, Regeneron and all of our sponsors, the Orange County Local Arrangements Committee, the hundreds of volunteers and judges, our many vendors and partners, and of course our staff. 

Regeneron ISEF is a cancellation and not a postponement or a virtual judging experience after much thought and consideration.  This decision was made with an awareness that many of our affiliate fairs were not able to be held and we did not want to hold an event that left out a significant portion of our community.  Likewise, we were concerned with the equity of virtual judging experience across time zones, languages and access.  Regeneron ISEF is an experience that goes beyond the boundaries of the judging interview process.  It is a cultural and scientific exchange of people and ideas and experiences across 6 days that we believed we could not properly represent.  

We do want to acknowledge and honor the students who have been named finalists.  We now consider them members of the Society for Science & the Public’s alumni network.  In the coming days, we will look at how else we might recognize their accomplishment in becoming a Regeneron ISEF finalist.  

Please visit the Society’s website at www.societyforscience.org for our full statement and more information.

We look forward to healthier and happier times and to Regeneron ISEF 2021.


 

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IMPORTANT PROJECT RULES

Before experimentation begins, the Montana Region II Science and Engineering Fair Scientific Review Committee (SRC) must review and approve projects involving human participants; vertebrate animals; potentially hazardous biological agents; and hazardous chemicals, activities, or devices. 

Note: If a project involves the testing of a student designed invention, prototype, or concept by a human, an IRB review and approval may be required prior to experimentation.  

Please expect three to five working days for the local IRB/SRC to review your submission. 

Please review the following ISEF Rules:

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROJECTS FOR REVIEW TO LEANNE FROST AT leanne.frost@gfcmsu.edu.

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High School Science & Engineering Fair                                             

Grades 9-12

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Great Falls College MSU - 2100 16th Avenue South - Great Falls, MT 

The Montana Region II High School Science and Engineering Fair is one of five regional science fairs in Montana and is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The top two grand award project winners from the Montana Region II Science and Engineering Fair go on to compete at Intel ISEF. The 2020 event will take place in Anaheim, CA on May 10-15, 2020. ISEF is a program of the Society for Science and the Public, the world's largest international pre-college science competition.  

All students are strongly encouraged to complete ISEF's Rules Wizard to help determine what forms and approvals are necessary before beginning a science fair project. Visit the Student Society for Science website for a complete listing of the INTEL ISEF Rules & Guidelines and forms. 

Please note: All projects involving Humans, Vertebrate Animals, or Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (microorganisms, DNA, or Tissues) require prior approval by an SRC or IRB. Details are located on the High School Rules page.

If you have questions about the required ISEF paperwork, please submit submit your questions with a detailed research plan/protocol to: leanne.frost@gfcmsu.edu

Registration Costs - $10/student

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Student Registration - Open through March 4, 2020

Middle School Science Fair

Grades 6-8

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Great Falls College MSU - 2100 16th Avenue South - Great Falls, MT

The Montana Region II Middle School Science Fair is affiliated with the Broadcom MASTERS Fair, a program of the Society for Science & the Public. Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars), is the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students. Broadcom MASTERS nominations are available to the top 10% of the estimate middle school (grades 6, 7, & 8) participants.

All students are strongly encouraged to complete ISEF's Rules Wizard with a teacher or mentor before beginning a science fair project. Projects involving vertebrate animals, human subjects, hazardous materials/activities, or biological agents require three adult sponsors willing to oversee the project. See the complete listing of ISEF Rules & Guidelines and forms for more information. Please Note: Middle School students do not need to submit ISEF paperwork. Details are located on the Middle School Rules page.

If you have questions about the required ISEF paperwork, please submit submit your questions with a detailed research plan/protocol to: leanne.frost@gfcmsu.edu

Registration Costs -  $10/student

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Student Registration - Open through March 4, 2020

Elementary School Science Fair

Grades K-5

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Great Falls College MSU - 2100 16th Avenue South - Great Falls, MT

The Montana Region II Elementary School Science Fair allows students in grades K-5 to experience the competition of the science fair. The elementary school projects expose students to a broad range of scientific inquiry and give them the tools and knowledge needed to answer questions about the world around them. Student projects open the door to important concepts in physical and biological sciences. 

Registration Costs - $5/student

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Student Registration - Open through March 4, 2020

 


Contact Information:

Leanne Frost

Dr. Leanne Frost
Great Falls College MSU
2100 16th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405
406-771-4372
leanne.frost@gfcmsu.edu 

 

Institutional Review Board

Leanne Frost, Ed.D. 
General Studies Division Director

Brenda Canine, Ph.D.  
Biology Faculty

Daniel Casmier, Ph.D.  
Chemistry Faculty

Elfriede Neber, M.S.  
Behavioral Science Faculty

Russel Motschenbacher, M.S.N.
Nursing Program Director/Faculty

 

Scientific Review Committee

Leanne Frost, Ed.D.
General Studies Division Director

Brenda Canine, Ph.D.  
Biology Faculty

Daniel Casmier, Ph.D.  
Chemistry Faculty

Raimund Hahn, M.S.
Registered Professional Geologist

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