The response to this brand new competition has been overwhelming and the whole team at Neurological Surgery, P.C. and the Center for Science Teaching & Learning is pleased with how well Long Island has responded to this wonderful opportunity. While most of the response has been positive, there have been numerous questions regarding the forms needed to enter, as well as those needed to fill the three adult roles to supervise student participants. After careful consideration, as well as reading the rules a thousand times (I wish that was as much of an exaggeration as it sounds…), I am happy to announce we have cut down and simplified what is needed to enter, and are as follows;
- There are no projects that need pre-approval from the NSPC HSC Scientific Review Committee. Any project that required approval from other agencies according to federal or state law (i.e. IACUC for animals, IRB for humans, etc.) must have that approval, and any forms that were given must be brought to competition. Again, it is up to the Adult Sponsor to verify that all proper procedures were followed.
- The roles of Adult Sponsor, Designated Supervisor and Qualified Scientist have been streamlined into one role: the Adult Sponsor. We understand that many have completed their research before they entered, and getting in contact would be tedious. The Adult Sponsor is required to be able to certify that all rules, regulations and safety procedures were followed at all times in accordance with any laws or other regulations.
- The number of required forms has been reduced down to three: Student Checklist (1), Adult Sponsor Checklist (2), and Human Participants (3). These cover applicable areas to ensure safety has been followed, but do not impose limits based approval before starting research and other encumbering areas.
- Projects will be approved during sign in. This is simply to ensure that all the forms have been properly filled out and there are no discrepancies.
So that about summarizes the update to the rules and forms. For a complete picture, please always reference the Official Rules & Regulations. It has made it a lot simpler to gain entry, so I hope if you were on the fence due to the overwhelming number of forms or adult supervisors, you will go ahead and sign up! If you have any questions, never hesitate to call or email me at the information below. I wish nothing more than to make this process as smooth for you, nothing is an inconvenient or useless question!
NSPC Health Science Competition Administrator