Independent Science Research
Students at Villa Joseph Marie may participate in the Bucks County Science Research Competition, which is held in March at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pa. Students who are selected at that competition move on to the Delaware Valley Science Research Competition, which is held in April at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Students who are selected at that competition move on to the International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in Los Angeles, Calif.
The members of the Villa Science Department do all that they can to help each student prepare a successful Science Fair project. However, for any project that will require more than 8 to 10 hours to successfully complete, the student must secure an outside mentor. In order to stay on task with the requirements, the deadlines outlined below MUST be met.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 – Mandatory meeting at 7:30 a.m. (Room 103) for all students interested in participating.
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 – Parent consent form is due, along with outline of topic, hypothesis, and procedures.
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 – Student will be notified of the teacher who will be mentoring the project. Student will meet with mentor to review topic, hypothesis, and procedures and make necessary corrections. All paperwork must be submitted prior to starting work. If the project involves human subjects, vertebrate animals, hazardous materials, potentially hazardous biological agents, or human or animal tissue, student will need to obtain approval from the Internal Review Board and the Scientific Review Committee before beginning work.
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 – Drop Out Date: Student must notify mentor today in writing (and signed by student's parents) if she no longer wishes to participate in the Science Fair. After this point, the student is obligated to produce a viable project. If the student drops out after this date, she will unfortunately receive a failing grade ("F") for the course.
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 – All paperwork must be submitted for approval. All students must submit the following forms:
- Bucks County Research Competition Paperwork Checklist (initialed by student and mentor)
- Form 1 – Checklist for Adult Sponsor
- Form 1A – Student Checklist, along with typed Research Plan and Bibliography (in MLA format and to include at least five references, not all Internet sources). Note: There is an outline attached for Form 1A that the student must follow for the Research Plan.
- Form 1B – Approval Form
- Any additional paperwork that the project requires*
Once the student's paperwork is approved by her sponsor, the student is required to register her project online at https://sites.google.com/site/bcsrchome/. All projects must be registered online by Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. We will hold a mandatory meeting on January 12 in the school's Computer Lab, at which time we will register all projects online together.
* Certain projects require additional paperwork. Rules and requirements can be viewed on the Delaware Valley Science Fair website at www.dvsf.org. Be sure to view this website to make certain that the proper forms are completed.
- Form 2 – Qualified Scientist: May be required for research involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents, and DEA-controlled substances.
- Form 3 – Risk Assessment Form: Required for projects using hazardous chemicals, activities, or devices.
- Form 4 – Human Subjects Form: Required for all research involving human subjects.
- Form 5A – Vertebrate Animal Form: Required for all research involving vertebrate animals that is conducted in a non-regulated research site.
- Form 5B – Vertebrate Animal Form: Required for all research involving vertebrate animals that is conducted at a regulated research institute.
- Form 6A – Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment Form: Required for research involving microorganisms, DNA, fresh/frozen tissue, blood and body fluids.
- Form 6B – Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form: Required for projects using fresh/frozen tissue, primary cell cultures, blood, blood products, and body fluids.
- Form 7 – Continuation of Projects Form: Required if your project is a continuation from a previous year.
Paperwork for projects involving these topics must be sent to the SRC for approval. After approval is obtained, the student may begin her experiment.
NOTE: At the Science Fair, the student will be required to have her marble lab notebook/journal, full research paper, at least four (4) copies of her abstract, and her poster. Students should make certain to keep their lab notebooks up to date as they are working on the project. The judges look very closely at this, and it must show ongoing activity and research.
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 – Mandatory meeting to review proper procedures for completing board, research paper, abstract, and journal. All must attend.
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 – Mandatory meeting in Computer Lab at 7:20 a.m. to register projects online
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 – Student submits data book, backboard, and rough draft of research paper to mentor for review. Student makes all necessary corrections and prepares for Villa’s Science Fair.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – Villa Joseph Marie Science Fair
Projects MUST be set up in the gym by 8 a.m.
Monday, March 7, 2016 – Project Setup (Student is responsible for transporting and setting up her own project at Del-Val.)
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – Interviews/Judging
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – Awards Ceremony
For students selected to move on to the next competition:
Delaware Valley Science Fair at the Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – Project Setup (Student once again is responsible for transporting and setting up her own project at the Expo Center.)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – Interviews/Judging
Thursday, March 31, 2016 – Awards Ceremony