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Science Research Competition

Science Research Competition

Important Dates


Drop off Projects:  2/25/20, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm Student Center Gymnasium (No projects will be accepted after 6pm)

Preliminary and Judging of Projects:  2/26/20, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Final Confirmation, Judging of Projects:  2/27/20, 8:00 am-10:00 am

  • Students Arrive: 9:30 am
  • Interviews:  10:00 am
  • Awards Ceremony:  11:00 am
  • Students Leave Campus:  12:00 noon – 12:15 pm

Registration and Deadlines
The Rowan College South Jersey, Cumberland Campus Science Research Competition serves as a Regional Fair for the Delaware Valley Science Fair.  As such, we will be adhering to the guidelines and rules outlined in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) rulebook.  For further information, please visit the Delaware Valley Science Fair website at or select "rules" from our menu.

You can download the required registration forms from our website (see Requi​red Forms page) or the Delaware Valley Science Fair website at  As soon as possible, students should complete and submit:

  • Application​
  • Research plan
  • ISEF Form 1
  • ISEF Form 1a
  • ISEF Form 1b
  • ISEF Form 3 and 
  • any other ISEF forms which are required due to the nature of that student's experiment (see SRC approval section below). 

    Team projects must have a complete set of paperwork completed for each team memberThis will allow for early detection of projects which may need approval before research begins.  Please review your students' paperwork for thoroughness and completeness, as incomplete forms will be returned. 
    Please contact Richard Taylor or Veronica Chainey when completed applications and forms are ready to be submitted:

    Contact Info:
    Richard Taylor
    856-691-8600, 1375
    Veronica Chainey​
    856-691-8600, 1419 

    Please note that research CANNOT begin for projects involving Vertebrate Animals, Humans or Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents until approval is received by the CCC/DVSF-SRC. Examples of commonly submitted experiments which require approval include:  culturing any bacteria (setting food out to decompose); experimenting on the family pet, fish or amphibians; surveying classmates or family members by questionnaire or behavioral/physical observations.  Additionally, experiments involving hazardous chemicals, hazardous devices and those presenting an incendiary and/or other hazards, require risk assessment forms. The Rowan College South Jersey, Cumberland Campus Scientific Review Committee (SRC) will meet and review all research plans and provide feedback on paperwork necessary to receive approval on a regular basis.  An appointment will be set up with each school at Rowan College South Jersey-Cumberland Campus to review and receive your school's paperwork.  Initial paperwork review appointments will occur from  January 6th - 15th, 2020.

    Final deadline for all projects that need correction is January 31th, 2020.
    The period January 16th through January 31st is for the correction and resubmission of projects. No newer projects should be submitted after January 15th. Students and teachers should retain their originals and submit only copies of the paperwork.  All projects with completed applications and forms that are received on or before January 31st, 2020 will be accepted into the competition. 

    As in the past, if the Science Research Competition date is drawing near and you know that a student will not be able to participate, please notify us immediately via the contact information above.

    A select group of students who place at our Competition may qualify to advance to the regional Delaware Valley Science Fair.  A select group of students who place at the Delaware Valley Science Fair may be eligible to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair.

    Delaware Valley Science Fair dates: April 7th through April 9th, 2020 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA.

    International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) dates: May 9th through May 15th, 2020, Anaheim, CA.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.​