The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the largest pre-college science fair in the world. Annually, over 7 million people compete to qualify for this fair, and only ~0.2% of students are selected to attend.
Approximately 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. Today, millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in SSP-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF. Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work.
The first, second, and third place winners of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade fairs qualify to compete at this fair.
This fair is a week-long event located in a different US city every year. Plane tickets, accomodations, and entrance fees are all covered by the State Competition (DVSF) and its many generous donors. This week-long competition consists of numerous mixers, planned events, up-scale dinners, and more. Attendees meet the best and brightest from around the world, and are encouraged to make as many friends as possible. Judging at this fair is VERY different than all fairs, and if one is selected for a position at this prestigious fair, a special meeting is held to explain, in-depth, how this is done.
To attend this fair in itself, is an honor. That said, Methacton is VERY fortunate to have sent students to this fair (Emily Cheng & Jeremy Wang in 2015, Karthik Yegnesh & Shayan Farmand in 2016).
This year, the International competition will be held in Los Angeles, California, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, on May 14-19, 2017.
*See the general ISEF Fairs page for more “general” information regarding the fair.