Questions About DMRSEF
Students that compete in DMRSEF emerge from a regional field of hundreds of science fair participants in 8 Colorado counties during the academic year. Winners from the DMRSEF move on to compete with students at the Colorado State Science Fair (CSEF) and then finally onto the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). As an affiliated fair we typically send 3 projects to the Intel ISEF to compete in 20 different categories.
The regional fair will be held February 28, 2020 at the CU Denver Student Wellness Center.
University of Colorado Denver
Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center
1355 12th Street
Denver, CO 80204
The awards ceremony will be held on either February 16, 2019 or February 17, 2019.
Check back soon for date and location information.
Questions About Fair Day
We completely understand the concern that students are at a University near a busy street. We will increase security at CU to ensure everyone is safe. Students will have hands-on activities from the museum, science/math faculty at CU, etc. College student groups will volunteer to walk students on campus from one location to the next (most will be only a few buildings away) as well as to provide tours of the campus. Hundreds of volunteers will be on site to direct students to where they need to be.
The fair will take place in the Student Wellness Center. Students who may move between buildings for activities will be chaperoned by volunteers.
Registration fees include lunch. Students can also purchase or bring their own lunch. Those with special dietary needs can indicate this on the registration form.
We are working with the Auraria Campus Parking Office and the Pepsi Center for parking. Students may be dropped off in a few different lots – please visit the map links above. Students will be given an arrival time for the building that they will be presenting in. We will assign arrival times by school so that if a school uses a bus to bring the students they will all have the same arrival time. When students arrive, THEY DO NOT NEED TO CHECK-IN. Students should report to their project location.
Project & Registration Questions
Any amendments need to be included in the paperwork when the student registers.
An abstract is required for registration of the DMRSEF. The big difference in “abstracts” is that ISEF has an Official Abstract that is provided to the students at the International Fair. The abstract is used by category and special awards judges to read prior to seeing the project in person.
If there are human participants involved it would be an IRB, if there are not it would be an SRC.
The majority of projects will be handled at the school level of IRB. Only if the student is completing research at a university or have designed a medical device to be tested in humans will a university IRB be required.
No, but it is a good idea to have the projects reviewed by the school’s SRC to ensure safety. Projects requiring SRC are those using chemicals, potentially biological hazards, drones, radiation, etc.
Yes and No!
The answer to this depends on the nature of your project. In order to register you will need to have all of her forms completed, however there are two forms that need to be filled out after experimentation, Regulated Research Institution Form (1C) and Vertebrate Animal Form (5B). If your project involves research that takes place at a regulated research institution (any research site other than home, school, or field) or involves experiments on vertebrate animals you would need to wait until the data is collected so that all your forms are completed before you can officially register - all other forms can be completed before your data is collected. As long as all the forms needed for your project are completed, you're more than welcome to register as soon as you're ready! The only thing to keep in mind is the official end date of the research can be any time before the fair but your research does need to be entirely completed before specified end date.
Your poster comes with you to the fair, and that's the first DMRSEF will see of it!