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About the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world's only international science fair representing all life sciences for students. Every year, one million students in grades 9-12 compete in regional science fairs and nearly 500 Intel ISEF-affiliated fairs held about the world. More than 1,200 students from 40+ countries around the world win the chance to compete for $3 million in scholarships and prizes at the Intel ISEF in 14 scientific categories and a team project category.

The ISEF has been coordinated for 52 years by Science Service, one of the most respected non-profit organizations advancing the cause of science. In its fifth year as title sponsor, Intel Corporation has committed millions to developing and promoting this competition. In addition, each year a volunteer committee representing the host city raises funds to sponsor events throughout the fair.

Intel's Sponsorship
Intel became the first title sponsor of the ISEF in 1997 as a way to recognize and reward excellence in science from the world's best young scientists, and to encourage more young people to explore science and technology in their higher education and career.

Since assuming the sponsorship, Intel has focused on increasing international participation and adding new awards such as the Young Scientists Scholarships, Achievement Awards, Best Use of a PC, Best of Category, and awards to teachers and fair directors. Intel's sponsorship of the ISEF is part of the Intel´┐Ż Innovation in Education initiative to prepare today's teachers and students for tomorrow's demands.

Awards and Scholarships
More than 900 individual student and team awards are presented. The top three finalists selected by Intel judges each receive the Intel Young Scientist Scholarship of a $50,000 college scholarship and an Intel® Architecture-based mobile computer.

Grand awards are given for the first, second, third and fourth place projects in each category. Cash awards are US$3,000, US$1,500, US$1,000 and US$500, respectively. The Intel Best of Category award of a US$5,000 scholarship and an Intel architecture-based mobile computer, goes to the top-scoring student in each category.

Additional student awards worth more than U.S. $1.5 million include scholarships, summer internships, scientific field trips, and laboratory equipment provided by Intel and Science Service, as well as nearly 70 other corporate, professional, and government sponsors.

Schools and affiliated fairs of the finalists who win the Intel Best of Category award will each receive $1,000 to benefit science and math education and encourage more student involvement in science. The school award is targeted to support the school's science and math education programs. The fair award is to be used to support the regional administration and encourage more student participation in the Intel ISEF-affiliated fair in their region.

Teachers who receive the Intel Excellence in Teaching Awards are selected based on demonstrated excellence in supporting the teaching and learning of science. Teachers are nominated by their peers and affiliated-fair directors. Top recipient receives US$10,000 and an Intel architecture-based mobile computer; six additional teachers each receive US$5,000 and an Intel architecture-based mobile computer.

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