Saturday 9/18/21

from 8:30am-4:00pm (latest end time)


This is an online event.



2021 VIRTUAL WORKSHOP - Research Challenge/Science Fair Bootcamp

The content will cover all ISEF Rules, Forms and when to complete each formas well as providing participants with an understanding of how to do a thorough protocol review & provide constructive feedback to students. Also includes training for schools that wish to field their own Scientific Review Committee (SRC)/Institutional Review Board (IRB) in order to be able to review student research protocols. 

Participants will engage in small groups and complete activities to apply content learned.  There is also a module within the training that will introduce the relationship of CCSS and NGSS standards to project-based, independent student research/engineering design projects. 

The workshop is facilitated by Karen Kinsman and Erin Garcia from the UNM STEM-H Center who have about 30 years of combined experience as ISEF-affiliated fair management.

Open to ANYONE from an ISEF affiliated "science fair"! However, all participants will need to consult with their regional fair director to ensure clarity on the rules & deadlines specific to their regional competition. 

Student researchers (grades 8-12) are welcome to register, however priority will be given to teachers, compeition coordinators, and SRC/IRB members. 

Please note that this is a FULL DAY workshop!  We will begin promptly at 9:00 am, so please plan to log in NO LATER THAN 8:50 am to to ensure all equipment is working properly BEFORE 9:00 am.  We will take a lunch break as well as morning & afternoon stretch breaks!

You must attend the FULL DAY in order to receive a Certificate of Completion for the 7.0 hours of professional development and/or to certify your local SRC/IRB Committee. 

There is NO COST for this workshop.  


Please let us know at least 48 hours in advance if you are unable to attend.

CENTRAL NM REGION Participants:  

Attendance at the Research Challenge Bootcamp is MANDATORY for at least ONE committee member from each school wishing to field their own Scientific Review Committee (SRC)/Institutional Review Board (IRB)!

It is MANDATORY for at least ONE person from each Central NM region school/homeschool/group planning to send students to the Regional Research Challenge to complete the on-site Bootcamp workshop OR the on-line Bootcamp course (must score 80% or higher on post-test).   

The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants a few days prior to the training date!