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Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the largest pre-college scientific research event in the world,[1] and is owned and administered by the Intel Corporation since 1997. As of 2012, seven ISEF alumni went on to win Nobel Prizes.[5]


  • Location 1
  • Contestants and Competition 2
  • Prizes 3
  • Intel Science Talent Search 4
  • Honors 5
  • External links 6
  • References 7


Although it is an international event, the United States almost always hosts it (the 1995 fair was held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). Locations for fairs through 2019 have been decided and will rotate between Los Angeles, California; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Phoenix, Arizona. The host city prepares a convention center and arranges hotel accommodations for the event, hosts numerous events, and manages college tours around the convention center.

The 2005 Intel ISEF took place in Phoenix, Arizona, May 8–14.

In 2006 it was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 7–12.

In 2007 it was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 13–19.

In 2008 it was held in Atlanta, Georgia, May 11–17.

In 2009 it was held in Reno, Nevada, May 10–15.

In 2010 it was held in San Jose, California, May 9–14.

In 2011 it was held in Los Angeles, California, May 8–13.

In 2012 it was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 13–18.

In 2013 it was held in Phoenix, Arizona, May 12–17.

In 2014 it was held in Los Angeles, California, May 11–16.

In 2015 it was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 10-15.

In 2016 it will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, May 8-13.

In 2017 it will be held in Los Angeles, California, May 14-19.

In 2018 it will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 13-19.

In 2019 it will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, May 12-17.[6]

Contestants and Competition

Contestants are selected from regional, district, and state ISEF affiliated fairs. These fairs usually encompass multiple states or entire regions of a country. The regional fair committee is responsible for managing the fair when their city hosts the event.

Individual science projects and team science projects both compete for prizes. Teams are composed of two to as many as four high school students (grades 9-12).

The structure of the competition is as follows:

  • Sunday: Arrival, project setup, fixing Display and Safety violations, and pin exchange
  • Monday: Continual arrival and setup, opening ceremony
  • Tuesday: Final project clearance
  • Wednesday: Awards judging over 3 sessions, with both scheduled and unscheduled interviews
  • Thursday: Public visitation day, special awards ceremony
  • Friday: Grand awards ceremony, project teardown

Additionally, time is set aside for students to experience the host city, with ISEF coordinating signups for various tours and activities. A significant component of the program is social, as students interact with each other during mixers and ceremonies. Throughout much of the week, various seminars are also held for students, mentors, and teachers.


Several special awards are given each year at ISEF, including:

  • A 75,000 dollar scholarship that is named after Gordon Moore who is the co-founder of Intel.
  • It is given to the top of the Best of Category Award winners.
  • Winner is selected based on the basis of innovative research and potential of the project to have an impact in the particular field and the world as a whole.
  • Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award
  • 50,000 dollar award that is presented by Intel and SSP to two Best in Category projects. Previous winners include Henry Lin and Eesha Khare.
  • All expense paid trip to European Union Contest.
  • Category winners are awarded a 5,000 dollar scholarship.
  • The winner's school and fair they represent are awarded a 1,000 dollar grant.[7]

ISEF also used to hold a "People's Choice Award" to allow the public to vote for its favorite entries.[8]

Intel Science Talent Search

The National Academy of Sciences.[9]


External links

  • Official site


  1. ^ "Intel International Science and Engineering Fair". Intel. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "About". Society for Science and the Public. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mission and History". Society for Science and the Public. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "FAQ about the Intel ISEF". Society For Science & the Public. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "About Intel ISEF". Society For Science. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Intel ISEF grand awards. (n.d.). Retrieved December 12, 2012, from
  8. ^ "Intel ISEF People's Choice Awards". Intel ISEF. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Intel Science Talent Search". Society for Science and the Public. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
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