You don’t have to work in a regulated research laboratory!
Determine if you can complete the following criteria
I. You must identify a novel idea and conduct appropriate and related literature research.
- Research should NOT include your opinion
- Do NOT review and focus on unnecessary facts not relevant to your proposed question, hypothesis or work
II. Write a research plan; follow safety and competition guidelines (see collegiate laboratory safety guideline from Stony Brook University, review safety procedures associated with experimentation (review MSDS’s, BSL’s, etc.)
- Use the Intel ISEF website to conceptualize and outline the proper format when writing a research plan.
- MSDS review
- Chemical manufacturers must send an MSDS with each new shipment
- Students and laboratories must maintain any MSDSs received with incoming shipments of hazardous chemicals, and ensure rapid accessibility
- Review and understand all MSDS sections and understand the information
- Samples can be viewed on Fisher Scientific if a free registered user (http://www.fishersci.com/ )
- Samples can be viewed on Sigma-Aldrich if a free registered user (http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/united-states.html )
- We recommend making an MSDS book of chemicals used. Keep this book in your work area for emergencies (take to Emergency Department)
- BSL review
- Review and understand all Federal BSL’s associated with experiment material use
- (http://www.cdc.gov/biosafety/publications/bmbl5/bmbl5_sect_iv.pdf )
III. Identify hazards associated with research and determine if a research study could be completed at home or if a research site is needed Procure supplies and conduct experimentation