Academic integrity is a fundamental value of the Siemens Competition and scientific research. We expect the Research Report, presentation slides, virtual poster and any other materials submitted to the Competition to be your own work. If you are using text or images from someone else, you are expected to ensure that all facts, techniques, images, and information (including the Internet) are properly cited. It is not sufficient to simply modify the words of an original source. If you have used the essential idea, you must properly cite the source. In addition, all of the materials submitted to the Siemens Competition, including without limitation the findings, results, conclusions, discoveries, research, data, software, code and all other matters related to the materials, must satisfy the principles of academic and scientific honesty and integrity and cannot be designed, engineered, altered or modified in any way to fraudulently or illegitimately produce (whether intentionally or unintentionally) a dishonest result. Documentation may be requested at any time (including after the Competition, after winners have been selected, and after awards have been provided) including, but not limited to computer source code, software, lab journals, cited references, and/or underlying mathematical formulas, to support the research submission and any unsubstantiated claims. The Competition uses specific procedures, as part of the judging process, to detect plagiarized or dishonest materials. If a Research Report or other materials are found to have improper citations, if citations are omitted, intentionally or unintentionally, or if the materials fail to satisfy in any way the principles of academic and scientific honesty and integrity, Discovery Education and the Siemens Foundation, at their sole discretion, will disqualify you from the Competition and notify your high school about the disqualification. Grounds for disqualification may include, but are not limited to plagiarism, claims of novelty and/or substantial significance that cannot be supported, and improper use of vertebrates (if applicable). Disqualification may occur after the end of the Competition, after winners are selected, and after scholarship awards have been provided.
The integrity of the research project is the responsibility of the author (student) and violations of academic integrity will result in disqualification. Each applicant must indicate that they have read and understand the Academic Integrity Statement upon registration and submission.