Student Information

1. Select a topic that lends itself to personal research and experimentation. For example, in the earth and space sciences, this might be a long-term, well-documented, observational study. Become an expert in your topic through reading. Keep a record of your sources, with appropriate page references for use in your bibliography.

2. Plan your research, starting with the statement of a problem or a question to be answered. Formulate a hypothesis. Include the equipment to be used, methodology involved, controls to be employed, sampling techniques, and methods of data collection and handling.

3. Assemble all materials needed for your research. Do your experimental research. Emphasis should be on the scientific principles involved, scientific methodology, and conclusions to be drawn from the activity.

4. Assemble your records, data, photographs, etc. derived from your research. Illustrate your presentation with prepared, carefully-drawn and lettered charts and demonstration materials. Consider the possible use of photographs especially in place of bringing materials that may be deemed unsafe to bring to the congress venue.

5. Become familiar with the judging criteria posted on this web site. Prepare your presentation so that it is 5-7 minutes. Rehearse before an audience so that your talk can be presented in a natural style. If necessary, consult an English teacher for coaching in oral delivery.

6. Prepare five (5) copies of both your Abstract (a maximum of 250 words) and bibliography, each on a separate page. These must be available on the day of the Congress for use by the judges. The format for the Abstract is:

  • Statement of problem
  • Summary of methods and procedures
  • Condensed summary of findings
  • Bibliography (on separate page).

7. Each project will be judged at least three times, each time by a separate LISC judge. Projects being considered for SPECIAL AWARDS may be evaluated by additional judges. The decisions of all judges are final.

8. Project activity and preparation: All projects must be the work of the student(s) exclusively. The teacher or other adult may supervise, but not assist, in the preparation of the project. Major work on all projects must have been done by the applicants between January of the previous year and the date of the congress.

9. Photography and public consent: Student participants, by the act of submitting applications for Congress participation, give consent for the photographing and/or videotaping of the projects and/or the student participants, and for use of the resulting photographs/videos in the information and publicity materials of Long Island Science Congress and/or STANYS, the Science Teachers Association of New York State, as well as the media. If you do not wish to to have your name or photo released to media, you must complete the Media Release Form which can be found on our website under the Congress Instructions tab.

10.Signatures: the Science Congress Approval Form must be signed by:

    1. Student
    2. Parent
    3. Adult Sponsor
    4. *Mentor – if you worked at a registered research institution
    5. School Building Principal

11. Project identification: Projects may be identified ONLY by the project's assigned LISC number.


13. Proper date: Projects and presenters must be present on the proper date and in the proper location at the proper time.

14. Assigned location: Projects are to be set up only in their specific assigned locations. They must not be moved to other locations. It is the entrants' responsibility to be present with their projects during the entire judging period.

15. NO changes of participants and/or projects will be permitted after the application filing deadline. NO substitute projects or surrogate presenters are allowed.

16. Participants must remain in the building during the Congress. They may not wander around the campus. They may not leave the campus until they leave for the day. They are to be supervised by assigned persons from their own schools.

17. Order: Participants should keep all areas they use and all parts of the building neat and clean. All debris, trash, and unwanted materials must be placed in proper waste receptacles. All spills must be cleaned up promptly. All property must be respected, properly used, and cared for.

18. Food and/or beverages must NOT be consumed in the exhibit area. They are restricted to designated areas outside of the exhibit room.

19. Table space is limited to a width of 36 inches per project. NO floor space or other table space will be available. Violators will be disqualified and NOT accepted for judging.

20. No electricity will be available for any project, nor will any extension cords be permitted.

21. Equipment, apparatus and materials not directly related to, and necessary for, proper project presentation should not be brought to the Congress.

22. Security: Participants must assume responsibility for the protection of their belongings and all parts of their project displays at all times. Participants should assure that if it is necessary to be away from their projects at any time a neighbor or teacher is watching their belongings and projects for them.

23. Disclaimer: Disqualification by LISC of a student may occur at any time regardless of accurate registration, including after project presentation on Congress Day, due to irregularities or insufficiencies of the project or its application.