Frequently Asked Questions - For Students

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Q: I registered online but only halfway & then I saved, but now I can't get into my account. What do I do?
A: Please use the Contact Us link at the top of this page to alert us of this. We will work with you to correct this in our database.
Q: I can't remember my password and/or ID, what do I do?
A: Click on the My Project link at the top of this page. Underneath the Login button you will need to click the Forgot Password link. Follow these instructions and a new password will be emailed to you. If you continue to have problems logging in please use the Contact Us link at the top of this page to alert us of this.
Q: I am working with animals and I sent in my project explanation last week. When will I be notified whether my project is approved or not?
A: You will be contacted shortly by a member of the S/I/T Committee. Send an email to Contact Us at the sitfair.org website if you don't hear within two weeks.
Q: How soon will I be notified whether I am in or not?
A: You will be notified the first week in February. Sign into your My Project page regularly from the time you apply to see if additional information is needed.
Q: Where do I send my payment?
A: You will need to logon to your My Project section and click Pay with Credit Card. Follow the instructions on that page.
Q: I am having trouble registering, what should I do or who should I contact?
A: Use the Contact Us link at the top of this page to communicate with us. A committee member will contact you to help out.
Q: I don't have regular access to a computer to check my email, how will I get important info?
A: You will need to make use of computer resources at your school, library or a friend's computer. Check your email at least twice a week, especially when the exhibition date is near.
Q: I had trouble registering the first time but the second time it went through. Now I am registered twice. What do I do?
A: Please use the Contact Us link at the top of this page to alert us of this. We will correct this in our database.
Q: Will I get a written confirmation saying that I am an approved participant of SIT?
A: No you will not. If your application is submitted successfully you will be able to logon to your account using the My Project section of this website. Once you are logged on you can view your status and if you see a red X next to any of the items listed you need to have this resolved before January 31st or your application will be not be eligible to participate.
Q: How often are notices or emails regarding SIT sent to the participants? How often should I check my email?
A: Emails are sent out on an as needed basis. We suggest you check your email at least once a week if not daily. As the exhibition date approaches more communications via email will be sent out from the committee.
Q: I need access to electrical outlets, LCD, laptop, etc.. Do I bring it in myself or will it be available at the fair for my use?
A: The registration form asked if you will need an electrical outlet. If you said yes, then an outlet will be provided. You will need to bring everything else with you.
Q: What time do I have to be at the fair?
A: The doors will open at 12 Noon. You need to be registered and set up by 12:45PM.
Q: Will there be refreshments or do I have to bring my own lunch?
A: We'd suggest that you eat lunch before the fair. You can bring a snack, or buy one at the NRHS Key Club booth.
Q: Is the place handicapped accessible?
A: Yes.
Q: What are the prizes?
A: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals and savings bonds are awarded in each category/age group. Other prizes vary from year to year depending on sponsor donations. In past years they have included ipods, SONY Playstations, gift certificates, savings bonds, invitations to participate in a program at New York University, passes to programs at the Challenger Center, microscopes, books and computer software.
Q: Are the prizes awarded at the fair or at a later date?
A: The prizes are awarded at the fair. The awards program begins at 4:15pm.
Q: Do I have to clear my table after being judged?
A: You will need to clear your table, but we suggest that you wait until after the awards ceremony. There is a general viewing period after judging is over, before the awards program begins, and people will want to see your project.
Q: What kind of questions will the judges ask?
A: Questions will vary, but the things the judges are interested in knowing include: do you understand the scientific principles; can you explain the process you went through; how do you evaluate the results; is your project well thought out, carefully constructed, and well presented; is there original thinking in your project.
Q: I am working with a mentor; does my mentor have to be present at the S/I/T fair?
A: No. Your mentor is there to advise you when you are working on your project, not at the fair. You will, however, need a letter from your mentor (see the rules to find out what must be included in the letter.)