How To Write A Science Fair Research Paper On Your Own: Step-By-Step Instructions

If you’ve got a science fair at your school next week and your teacher has asked you write a research paper on your project which you’ll have to present at the fair, look no further on how to do it. This article consists of 9 easy steps on how to write your science fair research paper all by you.


  1. The Topic
  2. For a science fair project your teacher would’ve already assigned you a topic so just prepare an outline uniquely tailored to your project such that it covers all the elements necessary to cover your project.

  3. The thesis statement
  4. Brainstorm with your teammates to come up with a really compelling thesis statement because this statement will give direction to your entire project. It should have some problem/issue or claim that you’ll be able to resolve/prove by the end of your project paper.

  5. Introduction
  6. Introduce your project in a very formal and delicate manner. If your project involved scientific names/terms start by defining them and then give a little background. The introduction should be brief and intriguing enough that it doesn’t spoil your remaining paper by giving out all the information.

  7. Literature Review
  8. Literature Review is basically a document which involves research of other scientists and authors on a particular issue. Try to use latest researches in case your project is about recent issues. Use in text citations and add bibliography at the end (Harvard style if not specified).

  9. Findings
  10. This part will be about your project where you actually performed some scientific experiment or conducted hands on research of your own. Make sure you describe it in the most effective manner and that you don’t miss out on the important details.

  11. Conclusion
  12. Conclude your project by comparing your findings with the literature review and stating any visible deviations from the theory.

  13. Financial Details
  14. Provide the costs and other important financial information for carrying out your project (for example the equipment or survey costs etc.).

  15. Limitations
  16. Mention your sample size or other limitations you may have come across during your research.

  17. Appendix
  18. All the supplementary information must be attached along at the end in appendix.

Do not forget to proofread you essay because nothing looks worse than a poorly written essay with tons of grammatical and spelling errors. Format your paper and if possible have someone else read it for you to get second opinion.