Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association
A: The term SRC is actually used two ways. The acronym SRC stands for Scientific Review Committee, so one meaning refers to the group of people who form a committee that reviews each project application to ensure that all safety and legal requirements will be met and that the appropriate forms have been completed. The committee also reviews the completed project displays during check-in at the Synopsys Championship. A Scientific Review Committee is composed of at least three people: a biomedical scientist, a physical scientist, and a science teacher.
SRC also refers to the process of a project being reviewed. You may ask if a project "requires SRC approval" or if it has "met SRC requirements."
Projects involving humans are reviewed by a subcommittee of the SRC called the Institutional Review Board (IRB). This ensures the project will not present an excessive amount of risk to the human subjects involved in the study. An IRB is composed of at least three people: a science teacher, a school administrator and a psychologist, doctor (M.D.) or nurse (R.N.).
The SCVSEFA SRC/IRB consists of 15+ people with expertise/credentials in various subjects working together to review each of the project applications for the Synopsys Championship. the SSP (Society for Science And the Public) requires that those signing off on application paperwork do not have a conflict of interest.
A: There are 4 major reasons:
1. Student safety
2. Compliance with federal and state laws
3. Compliance with the Intel ISEF rules. Adherence to the Intel ISEF
Rules allows selected winners from the Synopsys Championship
to compete in:
Intel International Science &Engineering Fair (grades 9-12)
California State Science Fair (Grades 6-12)
4. Avoidance of legal/litigation issues.