2007 Southeast District Science Day (DSD)

2007 Southeastern Ohio Regional
Science and Engineering Fair (SEORSEF)

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The 2007 District Science Day (DSD) and the 19th Southeastern Ohio Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SEORSEF) will be held simultaneously on Saturday, March 3, 2007.


Ohio University
Athens, Ohio

Eligible participants

Students from schools in the following counties in Ohio:

DSD is for students in grades 5 to 12. Students who will reach age 21 on or before May 1, 2007 are not eligible.

SEORSEF is for student in grades 9 to 12. Students who will reach age 21 on or before May 1, 2007 are not eligible.

What kind of projects?

Research projects of individual student or teams of two students in 13 fields:

  1. behavioral science (psychology)

  2. biochemistry

  3. botany

  4. chemistry

  5. computer science

  6. earth/space sciences

  7. engineering

  8. environmental science

  9. mathematics

  10. medicine and health

  11. microbiology

  12. physics

  13. zoology

Students with interdisciplinary projects such as forensic chemistry, gerontology, smoking, nutrition, and material sciences, should pick the closest area of emphasis of their project. Using the information in the abstract and the research plan, we may change the field of judging of a project. The first judges may recommend that a project be re-judged in more than one area.

Science Day Standards

General Standards for Science Day incorporating all actions of the Junior Academy Council as of September 10, 2005, can be viewed by clicking on Science Day Standards. Please refer to the Science Day Standards for information on District and State Science Days not covered in the following descriptions.

Display Presentation

The Rules on Displaying Projects approved by the Ohio Junior Academy Council will apply to all exhibitors during the 2007 DSD, SSD, and SEORSEF.

The finalists chosen to participate in the 2007 Intel ISEF can modify their displays after the State Science Day or prepare a new one for the ISEF which allows a larger display and additional items according to the INTEL ISEF Display and Safety Regulations on p. 6-8 of the 2007 International Rules of Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Click on the highlighted Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to order, view, print, or download the 2007 rule book, the student handbook, and all the ISEF forms you may need.

For all students:

Suggestion on Photography

Since you are not allowed to bring anythig you have collected, used, or made in your experiment, you have to use photographs of these things in your presentation. Be prepared to photograph your experiment before you start because you may have to use photographs to show when a particular experiment was done or observation was made and how an object/experiment looks like at a given date or time. For example, you are watching the growth of a plant. Include in the photograph the date and time for chronology and a ruler for scale. Photograph instruments and apparatus you use in your research and how you operate them. If you design your own equipment, bring your drawing of your design and photographs of your equipment, its important details, the building, testing, and operation of the equipment. Learn to make close-up photographs of small objects. Learn to make photographs on the microscope since you are not allowed to bring the microscope or the slides.


A team of first judges, ideally composed of one K12 school teacher and one professional scientist or engineer will judge each project. The professional scientists or engineers are volunteers from Ohio University faculty, governmental agencies, and area industries. We expect each participating school to provide at least one judge for every five students. Special-award judges from Ohio University faculty and some prize-awarding agencies (such as U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy) and organizations will re-judge superior projects for special prizes.

Entry fee

There is only one entry fee of $20 per student for both DSD and SEORSEF. Students in grades 9 to 12 will enter both DSD and SEORSEF with one fee. Each member of a team pays an $20 fee. Do not send cash. Please send check or money order payable to Ohio University.

Entry procedure

Each student must send a complete entry package. Each member of a team project must send a separate entry package, check the box before "Team Project" and write the name of the teammate in the space following the words "Team Project" on the Entry Form. A Microsoft Word version of the new 2007 Entry Form is available on-line. If you cannot use the on-line Word document, please contact the Director for a hardcopy form, at the address listed below.

All students from any school (including home schools) must have their entry packages and entry fees sent in one package, by a teacher, guidance counselor, talented-and-gifted program (TAG) director, local science fair director, or other responsible school administrator, in one package, to reach the Director of DSD/SEORSEF no later than February 16, 2007, at

Dr. James Y. Tong, Director of DSD/SEORSEF
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
136 Clippinger Laboratories
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979

If your proposed local fair date is too close to February 16, 2007, please send by e-mail immediately to Dr. Tong, your fair date, the estimated number of projects from your school may enter the DSD / SEORSEF, and when and how you propose to deliver the entry package to Dr. Tong.

The entry fee may be submitted in one check or money order, or in separate checks or money orders.

The school package must include a School Information Form (blue form) which must list names of judges and the contact person and their email addresses. Please send at least one judge for every five entries. A minimum of one judge is required if the number of entries does not exceed five. No entry will be accepted without the completed blue school information form and judges. A Microsoft Word version of the School Information Form is available on-line. If you cannot use the on-line Word document, please contact the Director for a hardcopy form, at the address listed above.

If the students have participated in a local science fair or academic fair at their schools, we expect the school to send us only students who have received superior ratings at the local fairs. A local fair may include schools in one or more school districts of the county.

Students, who are home-schooled or whose schools do not have a local science fair or academic fair, may submit their entries to the DSD/SEORSEF, if a teacher or other responsible administrator of each school will send all the entries from that school in one package with a completely filled out blue school information form, including a minimum of one judge if the number of entries does not exceed five, to reach Dr. Tong no later than February 16, 2007. If there are more than five entries from a school, the one judge per five entries rule will apply. Students who are not home schooled should contact their school teacher or administrator before they start their project.

Each home schools should use a uniform home school name that begins with the first and last name of one parent or guardian followed by "Home School". For example, for children of Jack and Jill Hill who are home schooled, their school name can be either Jack Hill Home School" or "Jill Hill Home School". The names of both parents or guardians will be given in publicity release without the made-up name of your home school.

Entry Package

All students in grades 5 to 12 are required to have the following items arranged in the order given below. The same order is also given in the checklist after the parent/guardian's signature line on the 2007 Entry form. Send only the photocopies of all signed forms, research plan, and abstract and keep the originals to bring in a folder on the day of the District Science Day, the State Science Day, the International Science & Engineering Fair, and the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge. The numbered forms below are ISEF forms in the 2007 International Rules.

Recognition and Prizes

Tentative List

For students in grades 5 to 8

  • Ten percent of participants whose projects are judged Superior will be nominated to participate in the 2007 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge competition.

For students in grades 5 to 12

  • Each participant whose project is judged will receive a certificate.

  • All participants receiving a superior rating will be re-judged for special prizes.

  • Departmental prizes in the 13 fields, plus Forensic Chemistry, Nutrition, and Team Project prizes. Prizes may consist of cash or savings bonds from $10 to $100, books, certificates, plaques, and/or subscriptions, etc.

  • American Chemical Society-Upper Ohio Valley Section awards: magazine subscriptions and certificates.

  • American Water Works Association (AWWA) awards on water purification: savings bond and certificate.

  • Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) awards on water pollution abatement: savings bond and certificate.

  • Ohio Governor's Award for Excellence in Student Research. One certificate in each of the following areas:

    1. Agriculture and Food Sciences Research
    2. Biotechnology Research
    3. Energy Research
    4. Environmental Sciences Research
    5. Litter Prevention and Recycling Research
    6. Manufacturing Sciences Research
    7. Material Science Research
    8. Water Resources Research
    9. Information Science & Technology Research

  • Best Biological Science Project Award: trophy, cash, and certificate. The winner, if he or she will graduate in June, 2007 and has been admited to attend Ohio University, Athens campus, beginning in September, 2007, may receive a scholarship.

  • Best Physical Science Project Award: trophy, cash, and certificate. The winner, if he/she will graduate in June, 2006 and has been admitted to attend Ohio University, Athens campus, beginning in September, 2006, may receive a scholarship.

  • Female students in 7th grade who receive a superior rating at DSD may receive a $100 scholarship to attend the Buckeye Women in Science and Engineering Research (B-WISER) program at the College of Wooster in the summer of 2006.

  • If the number of students in grades 7 to 12 who receive a superior rating at the District Science Day (DSD) does not exceed the District 2007 quota, they will all be eligible to attend the State Science Day (SSD) of the Ohio Academy of Science on May 12, 2007, at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

    If the number of such students exceeds the District 2007 quota, they will be ranked by points received and by class. Depending on the number of students and the District Quota, the highest ranked students will be eligible to apply as participants. Some may be eligible to apply as alternates. Some of the lowest ranked students may not be eligible to participate in the SSD.

For students in grades 9-12

  • Two students with the best projects in Southeastern Ohio Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SEORSEF) will be selected to attend on May 13-18, the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, all expenses paid for 6 days. The parents or teacher of each winner may attend at his or her own expense.

  • American Meteorological Society award: 2 certificates

  • American Psychological Association award: 1 certificate

  • ASM International Foundation, Most Outstanding Exhibit in Material Science: medallion and certificate

  • Association for Women Geo-scientists award: certificate

  • Conservation International Award in Biodiversity Conservation Science: certificate

  • Eastman Kodak Company award for the best use of photography: one photo kit for the student and one for the sponsoring teacher.

  • Herbert Hoover Young Engineer Award for outstanding overall engineering project: medallion and certificate

  • Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award: $200 and certificate

  • Intel Excellence in Environmental Health and Safety Award: $200 and cerificate

  • International Society for Optical Engineering. Best project using optics or photonic prinicples. Winner will be entered in a national drawing for prizes.

  • Mu Alpha Theta for the best investigation of a problem involving modern mathematics.

  • NACE International award in corrosion and corrosion control: certificate

  • National Society of Professional Engineers: certificate and lapel pin

  • Scientific American Award: 5 one-year subscriptions.

  • Society for in Vitro Biology award for a most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the areas of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture: certificate

  • U.S. Air Force awards: prizes to be announced

  • U.S. Army awards: 5 certificates, one each in the following areas: Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics & Computer Science, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences. 3 Army Black Polo shirts, 1 bronze medallion for the best of the recipients.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Public Health Service award on the best project to persuade people to stop smoking, to eat a healthy diet, and to do physical exercise: certificate signed by the Surgeon General

  • U.S. Metric Association award for the best use of SI units: certificate

  • U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps: 2 certificates, 2 medallions, and 2 gift certificates for grades 9-12 and an opportunity to compete in Science and Humanity Symposium; 2 certificates only for lower grades.

  • Water Environment Federation, Stockholm Juior Water Prize for the best water-related project. 1 certificate, advancement to the State competition.

  • Yale Science and Engineering Association award for a high school junior with an outstanding project in computer, engineering, chemistry or physics: medal, certificate, and invitation to visit Yale University.

Teacher recognition

One or more teachers may be recognized as the Outstanding Science Teacher of District 12.

School awards

One Trophy for Schools with the Highest Percentage of Superiors will be given in each of three categories: Elementary Division (5-6 grades), Junior Division (7-8 grades), Senior Division (9-12 grades). To qualify for this competition, a school must have five or more judged individual projects in a division and all the projects received a rating of good or better.

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James Tong modified this file (http://www.ohiou.edu/scifair/2007.htm) on December 5, 2006.

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