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ISEF 2020: International Science and Engineering Fair

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International Science and Engineering Fair

Where world-class STEM students and top universities connect.

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International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF)
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA


ISEF 2020: May 10-15, 2020
ISEF Commons: May 10-12, 2020
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Meet the brightest future stars of STEM and introduce them to all your institution has to offer.

Columbia Engineering booth at ISEF 2018 Wentworth Institute of Technology booth at ISEF 2018

Space is limited and last year’s slots sold out. Reserve your booth(s) for ISEF 2020 now.

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2019 ISEF Commons Exhibitors (Phoenix, AZ)

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Trying to decide which university will be the best fit for you? Your best option may be one that you haven't considered yet. Be sure to visit the Intel ISEF Commons where you can meet representatives from dozens of leading STEM universities.

  • Learn more about schools already on your list
  • Discover other universities that may be right for you
  • Learn about undergraduate STEM programs, research opportunities and scholarships
  • Participate in our fun Intel ISEF Commons game for a chance to win prizes
  • Add one-of-a-kind pins and other university giveaways to your collection of cool stuff
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Intel ISEF Commons Schedule

The Intel ISEF Commons is located in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom B. When you check in at registration, you can get detailed directions to the Commons. The Commons will be open during the following days and times:

Sunday, May 13

5 - 7p.m.
Before you head to the Pin Exchange be sure to stop by the Intel ISEF Commons to meet representatives from leading STEM universities. You can also collect university pins and other cool swag!

Monday, May 14

2:30 - 6:30p.m.
Eat and greet! Come to the Intel ISEF Commons for the pre-Opening Ceremony buffet dinner and spend time getting to know more about the great research opportunities offered by these outstanding colleges and universities.

Tuesday, May 15

8 - 9:30a.m.
Intel ISEF Commons open. Light breakfast snacks provided. Last chance for finalists to visit the Commons.

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ISEF Exhibitor FAQs

What is ISEF?

A program of the Society for Science & the Public, the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world's largest pre-college science competition. Over 1,800 finalists represent the top high school STEM students from the U.S. and more than 75 countries, presenting their research and competing for more than $5 million in awards. Watch the brief highlights video here.

Who are the ISEF finalists?

"ISEF finalists have distinguished themselves as some of the most outstanding young researchers from their regions and around the globe. Many current and former MIT students (and even several of our faculty) are ISEF alumni, and their creative, conscientious research continues to enrich our community — and the world."
— Stu Schmill, Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ISEF finalists express interest in a wide range of colleges and universities, and they are sought after and accepted by top institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Here is a breakdown of the 2019 ISEF finalists:

  • 1,816 finalists (50% male, 50% female)
  • Represented 80 countries, territories and regions including 49 US states and D.C.
  • 62% from US (and US territories); 38% international
  • Research presented in 22 STEM categories

Why should my institution participate?

There is no other event where colleges, universities and other organizations can interact with so many top, pre-selected science and engineering high school students from around the world.

You'll get to showcase your institution to not only the students, but mentors, science fair directors, parents and others who influence college and career decisions. And, during a specially designated time you'll have access to the finalist exhibit hall where you'll have an additional opportunity to interact with the finalists, as well as view their research projects.

How can my institution participate?

You can be an exhibitor in the ISEF Commons, an area where finalists, educators, mentors and parents can interact with exhibiting colleges/universities and other organizations with a science and education focus.

ISEF Commons exhibitors also have the option of participating as a Special Awards Organization (for an additional fee), or applying to present an educational symposium.

Participation is limited to 70 exhibitors, so reserve early. Contact Daryl Anderson at or (202) 872-5127 for more information about exhibitor packages and other ways the Society can help your institution connect with high school STEM students.