- Round 1: 30 Semifinalists - All students who submit a project to OCSEF will be considered. OCSEF will organize a special judging committee to review all research abstracts and select approximately 30 projects and recognize them as OC ISEF Semifinalists. Students DO NOT participate in-person.
- Round 2: 10 Finalists - All semifinalists will be invited to exhibit their projects and be judged in-person by judging panels on the morning of March 19, 2016. At lunch, OCSEF will select 10 projects and recognize them as OC ISEF Finalists.
- Round 3: 4 Winners - Each finalist will make a 15-minute presentation in front of all judges in the afternoon of March 19, 2016. OCSEF will select 4 projects as winners. The winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to participate in the 2015 Intel ISEF competition.
All semifinalists, finalists, and winners will be recognized at 2016 OCSEF Senior Division Award Ceremony held on April 17, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA. The finalists are expected to make a presentation about their work at the OCSEF Excellence in STEM Award Ceremony on June 5, 2016.
Projects entered into the ISEF qualifying competition are also eligible for participation in OCSEF. Just like any other OCSEF project, you will still be able to compete for board awards, special awards, and the chance to continue on to the California State Science Fair. You get twice the fun, so work hard to meet the deadlines for the Intel ISEF, which are earlier than for OCSEF.
Go to https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef to learn about Intel ISEF and the rules, regulations, and guidelines for the upcoming fair.