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Students from all over the world are arriving in Phoenix to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2013, the world’s largest high school science research competition. This year’s 1,611 finalists (the most ever!) earned the trip to Intel ISEF through their hard work and dedication to hands-on independent scientific research. Projects are in 17 categories, ranging from Medicine and Health Sciences to Chemistry to Animal Sciences and Environmental Management.
This year’s finalists come from affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions, and territories. Countries with students participating for the first time include Bulgaria, the Iraq Republic, Kenya, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. In addition to the opportunity to compete for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships, including the Gordon E. Moore Award, a top prize of $75,000, the finalists have the unique chance to get ideas, suggestions, and support from hundreds of young innovators with a passion for science from around the globe.
In 2003, we were being recruited to head up judging at Intel ISEF, which was being held in Phoenix two years later.