Additional Required Materials
In addition to your Research Report and References, your Research Project submission must include one original and two copies of each of the following items (unless otherwise noted):
- Confirmation Page
- Supplemental Form
- Executive Summary
- Qualification Questions for Vertebrate Animals/Human Subjects Form
- Mentor Form
Research projects MUST include the Confirmation Page with all required signatures. The Confirmation Page lists all of the registration information provided by the individual or team leader and is available ONLY after the online registration is submitted. You must complete the online registration early enough to print the Confirmation Page and obtain all required signatures.
Print the Confirmation Page. It is your responsibility to review the Confirmation Page for accuracy and to ensure that all information is printed and legible. Depending on your printer, you may need to print the Confirmation Page in "Landscape" orientation. Make any necessary corrections (spelling of names, etc.) on the original, prior to making copies.
Signatures are required from:
- Each student participant.
- Parent or guardian of each student participant.
- School administrator of the individual's or team leader's high school.
For homeschooled students, obtain the signature of the school district official responsible for such programs. If your state does not require district supervision, the parent or guardian responsible for homeschooling must sign the Confirmation Page.
if you lose your Confirmation Page, or need to reprint it for any reason, log back into your registration. Select the red "Print Confirmation Page" link in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
The Confirmation Page is not included in the 18-page limit for the Research Report.
The purpose of the Supplemental Form is to collect the identifying information that students are not permitted to provide in the body of the Research Report. This form includes student name, high school, information on publications, and acknowledgements of all people and affiliated research institutions involved with your project. The accuracy of this document is vital to the academic integrity of your Research Report.
You are required to complete the Acknowledgements section and must include the name, title, institution, and role of any individuals who assisted with the Research Report, including family members. Receiving assistance from family members does not affect the judging in any way, but you must acknowledge their support. Failure to identify others who assisted you with any aspect of your research may result in disqualification.
The Supplemental Form is not included in the 18-page limit for the Research Report.
The Abstract is a technical synopsis of the problem, methods, results, and conclusions. It should be double-spaced using 12 point or larger Arial or Times New Roman font, 100-200 words long, include the research project title, and be printed on its own page.
No identifying information, such as name, high school, or references to gender or research facilities should be included in the Abstract.
Sample Abstracts from previous winners can be found on the Siemens Foundation website.
The Abstract is not included in the 18-page limit for the Research Report.
The Executive Summary presents the question asked, the methods used and the lessons learned. The summary on its own, separate from the Research Report should convey the essence of your project and should be understood by someone without scientific expertise. Do not simply replicate what you wrote in your Abstract. The difference between the Abstract and the Executive Summary is that the Executive Summary must be written in layperson (non-specialist) language. The summary will be used to explain your project to the general public and in preparing press releases for the media.
The Executive Summary must be double-spaced and use 12 point or larger Arial or Times New Roman font. No identifying information, such as name, high school or references to gender or research facilities should be included.
The Executive Summary may not exceed one page and is not included in the 18-page limit for the Research Report.
If your research project uses vertebrate animals or human subjects, including projects using commercially purchased human or animal cell lines, you must complete this form. Your response provides you an opportunity to describe your use of vertebrates to the judges. Like the Research Report, the responses must be written by the student(s) and no student names or reference to gender, high schools, school officials, advisors, mentors, affiliated research organizations, or acknowledgements of the entrants are to appear anywhere in the answers below. The form asks the following questions:
- Why was it necessary for you to use live animals, humans or both, or fluids, cells, tissues, or organs from vertebrates in your research? Justify the species used.
- Describe how you used the animals, humans or both in the research. Describe whether the animals were euthanized before or after your experiments and for what purpose.
The Qualification Questions for Vertebrate Animals/Human Subjects Form is not included in the 18-page limit for the Research Report.
A copy of your Supplemental Form, Abstract, Executive Summary, Research Report with References, and Qualification Questions for Vertebrate Animals/Human Subjects Form (if applicable), must be saved to a CD-ROM and submitted with your report. Save all required items as ONE Word or PDF document. All required materials saved on the CD-ROM must be identical to the printed copy. The individual or team leader's name and the project confirmation number must be noted directly on the CD-ROM. Please print legibly with a permanent marker or affix a typed label.
Individuals and teams must have their mentor complete the Mentor Form. The mentor is the individual most closely associated with the Research Project, such as the student's research supervisor or another qualified scientist who gave support throughout the course of the Research Project.
If a student or team does not have a mentor, a teacher or other high school administrator must complete the form. Additionally, if any of the research was conducted at a university or other registered laboratory facility, the signature of the lab director or head of the research group is required.
If the Research Project involves vertebrate animals or human subjects, Section V of the Mentor Form, Human Subjects and Other Vertebrate Certification, is required and must be completed and signed by the advisor, mentor, or supervising scientist. This section of the form is carefully reviewed to determine the project's eligibility, in accordance with the guidelines of the Competition.
Signatures are required from:
- Lab director or head of the research group (if research conducted at a university of registered laboratory/institution).
- High school administrator (if no mentor).
You are required to submit one original and three copies of the Mentor Form. The Mentor Form may be submitted separately from the Research Project or placed in a sealed envelope and mailed with it. If mailed separately, both must be received by the deadline for the Competition.
The Mentor Form is not included in the 18-page limit for the Research Report.