1. A project is eligible for consideration if it demonstrates sound application of the scientific method.
  2. A project that tackles an unusual problem or question or that makes successful use of unusual methods or resources, shall be awarded a higher rank.
  3. A project shall not be penalized because it is likely to receive one or more other awards.
  4. A student shall not be penalized for utilizing resources or persons (faculty, staff, students) in a professional laboratory or for otherwise benefiting from professional experience.
  5. A student's ranking shall depend on the student's ability to provide a clear and accurate description of the project and demonstrate an exceptional understanding of the subject matter, methods used, findings, and possible implications, all relative to the student’s age.
  6. Final selection will favour a student showing promise as a future scientist, again with due consideration for age.