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Jan 05, 2021 2021-01-05

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Competition Showcasing the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

Every year tens of millions of students in grades 9–12 participate in science fairs around the globe, but only about 1,800 earn the honor of competing for nearly $5 million awards bestowed each May at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Competing at ISEF starts at a science fair affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public. Students may choose from 21 science categories for their projects. More than 600 individual and team awards are presented every year at the Regeneron ISEF. Each entry is judged at least four times, with category awards given in first, second, third, and fourth place. Awards are $3,000, $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively, in each of the 21 categories. The top winner of the Regeneron ISEF receives an award of $75,000, with the next top two winners each receiving $50,000. Additional awards worth approximately $4 million are provided through the Regeneron ISEF Special Awards program and include tuition scholarships, summer internships, scientific field trips, and laboratory equipment. These awards are provided by about 70 corporate, professional, educational, and government sponsors annually. In 2021 the competition will take place virtually in order to keep ISEF’s finalists, volunteers, judges, and staff safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The website provides additional information, such as project material guidelines for the virtual 2021 competition, definitions and details of the categories of competition, and a search engine for finding a society-affiliated science fair.

Deadlines: Registration is now live. Most science fairs in the United States and its territories are held from January through March.

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