Special Award Winners on stage at ISEF 2019
SAO Winners ISEF 2019 Kyle Ryan

The Society for Science would like to thank the following organizations for their support of Virtual Regeneron ISEF 2021. If your organization is interested in being a Special Award Organization, please visit this page for more information.

Acoustical Society of America

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) began participating at ISEF in 1978 in order to promote acoustics and recognize the accomplishments of high-school students. ASA’s long-time participation in Regeneron ISEF recognizes the importance of promoting STEM education and generating interest in acoustics among all students. The Society’s student outreach program also includes acoustics demonstration sessions for middle- and high school students and the exploresound.org website.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation

Aerojet Rocketdyne has extensive experience in developing the propulsion and energy systems that have enabled exploration of our universe and beyond. Our propulsion systems will be used to send the first female to the moon and send astronauts to Mars. The creativity of our scientists, engineers and explorers help push these boundaries and Aerojet Rocketdyne is proud to help enable these activities. Your efforts have led you here today, and your imagination will propel you to much success.

Air Force Research Laboratory on behalf of the United States Air Force

The Air Force (AF) seeks to reward students for their scholastic efforts and encourage them to pursue studies in STEM areas. The AF strives to enhance our technologically agile and innovative workforce to ensure the AF maintains technologically superior capabilities. STEM is part of every AF mission, and we want to attract tech-savvy students to all AF mission areas.

American Chemical Society

Through its participation in Regeneron ISEF, ACS encourages and supports high school students in their exploration of the chemical sciences through research experiences.

American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

Dedicated to science education, the Weizmann Institute is actively planning for the future of science in a number of ways. By opening the doors of the Institute, we are sharing the creative spirit of discovery and inspiring the scientists of tomorrow.

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is committed to inspiring the next generation of aerospace professionals by recognizing exceptional students at all levels. We encourage students’ progress through STEM-based educational programs, design competitions, scholarships, and awards such as the AIAA Look Up! Award. We will award a cash prize to the top three aerospace-related projects. We encourage students to Look Up! and see their future in aerospace.

American Mathematical Society

For the AMS, this is the thirty-fourth year of participation and is the thirty-second year of the presentation of the Karl Menger Awards. Participation at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair allows us to recognize outstanding high school students in the mathematical areas of science and engineering, based on projects submitted at the ISEF.

American Meteorological Society

The American Meteorological Society is committed to promoting programs for atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences education in our nation’s primary and secondary school systems. Through its participation in Regeneron ISEF, AMS supports high school students who display an interest in science.

American Psychological Association

APA hopes to promote a psychologically literate public and engage a future generation of researchers. APA is committed to supporting the promotion of scientific research and education at the secondary school level. We enthusiastically offer special awards to Regeneron ISEF participants whose projects display excellence in psychological research.

American Statistical Association

The ASA is a strong supporter of educational programs and meetings that enrich statistical knowledge. The ASA is also an active participant in K-12 education initiatives involving statistics and mathematics.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University is a New American University, promoting excellence in its research and among its students, faculty and staff, increasing access to its educational resources and working with communities to positively impact social and economic development. ASU seeks to create meaningful change by producing knowledge that translates into action. ASU is pleased to recognize projects that demonstrate use-inspired research with purpose and impact.

Association for Computing Machinery

ACM is proud to be a SAO participant. Each year the challenge for A-C-M’s judges has been to narrow down the list of finalists since the talent and initiatives are inspiring. It is a great honor and privilege to acknowledge the talent and efforts of these participants. We applaud their dedication, and are grateful to them in making it a pleasure to serve as judges.

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

A goal of AAAI’s outreach program is to promote STEM education in grades K-12. Participation in Regeneron ISEF is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate excellence in this area.

ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service

ASU Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Services encourage, reward and celebrate inventors, social entrepreneurs, innovative designers and creative thinkers who develop solutions to global sustainability challenges. We believe that student ingenuity provides a fresh perspective to discovering solutions to the complex problems facing the sustainability of this and future generations.

Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency invests in students’ scientific, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education across the country to meet the Intelligence Community and nation’s long term national security needs. We hope to encourage nation-wide interest in the development of STEAM skills to see today’s students grow into the nation’s future technical leaders.

China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)

China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) is the largest organization of scientists and technologists in China.One of its missions is to promote public understanding of science. Having developed science education programs, CAST supports youth and adolescents in becoming citizens with high scientific literacy. CAST awards are given to the projects that best reflect the originality and innovation of the students’ work in all scientific disciplines.

Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association (DCAT)

The DCAT organization is pleased to participate in Regeneron ISEF. Our member company representatives view students as the future of the industry and as a global organization we hope to lead them to productive and exciting careers.

Edison International

Edison International depends on a talented pool of diverse, skilled STEM professionals to help solve some of the toughest problems facing California and the world. STEM education is the key to our continued growth and ability to meet the future needs of our customers. Each year, we invest over $9M in STEM programs, capacity-building, and scholarships with our nonprofit partners and schools to inspire the next generation of dreamers, builders and inventors.

Embark China

Embark has been devoted in promoting STEM education. We strongly believe in that the best young brains will be the deciding factor to our future. ISEF has been widely regarded as a precious platform where young scientists can show their abilities of critical thinking, application of knowledge and scientific enthusiasm. Therefore, we are delighted to join ISEF and be in support of future scientists who showcase their creativity, innovation and excellence on the stage of ISEF.

Florida Institute of Technology

The qualities and characteristics of ISEF participants align with Florida Tech’s mission. The university seeks to identify and enroll a high quality, highly selective and culturally diverse undergraduate student body in support of its mission to prepare students for entering the global workforce and serving within their communities.

Fondazione Bruno Kessler

The WebValley school is affiliated for the tenth year to Regeneron ISEF. FBK has involved more than 350 students in ICT-based research projects since 2001, offering a lively experience in learning new skills, working in teams and accepting a research challenge. We believe in the intelligence and energy of smart young people and see them as our new colleagues, building together a novel open source solution, with the right mix of scientific entrepreneurship and passion for sharing data and ideas.

IEEE Foundation

With contributions from generous sponsors around the world, the IEEE Foundation seeks to increase the understanding of how technologies are created and how they impact society, individuals, and the environment. Interdisciplinary in its activities, and transnational in scope, the IEEE Foundation has the potential to improve people’s lives in every country.

Innopolis University

Innopolis University is the youngest University in Russia with focus on IT and Robotics. We want to create a friendly environment where students from many countries will learn programming, robotics and mathematics. We help them to see their future in IT. Innopolis University offers full scholarships for Intel ISEF participants as they are our future leaders.

International Council on Systems Engineering – INCOSE

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) wants to help students understand systems thinking, and the importance of systems engineering to make systems:

  • effective in meeting user needs
  • affordable
  • acceptable to all stakeholders
  • and suitable for the environment

INCOSE and its Foundation are enthusiastic about participating in the ISEF and offering a prizes and recognition for projects which exhibit the most effective use of systems engineering principle.

K. Soumyanath Memorial Award

The family of K. Soumyanath instituted this award in 2012, to honor his contributions as an Intel Fellow, a computer scientist, and a mentor to young people. His interests extended beyond technology to art, music, world travel, sports and Tamil literature. As the foremost international forum for young scientists, Regeneron ISEF provides the ideal venue to honor his memory, recognizing talented young computer engineers, and encouraging them to enthusiastically pursue their aspirations, as he did.

King Abdul-Aziz & his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity

We participate to encourage youth to search for creative means in developing real-world applications using today’s technologies.

Mu Alpha Theta, National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society

Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, strives to encourage student interest in all areas of mathematics, including applied mathematics. It’s our honor to recognize high school students’ outstanding research in this field at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair.

National Anti-Vivisection Society

NAVS strongly believes in supporting and advancing the careers of innovative young scientists whose work includes ethical and humane considerations as part of their research design and execution.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA

NOAA’s Office of Education is a proud supporter of student research on issues related to the agency’s mission. To raise awareness of Earth sciences, NOAA offers “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” awards at the Regeneron ISEF, as well as at local and regional U.S. science fairs. Through these awards, NOAA encourages students to pursue research and careers related to NOAA’s mission and recognizes their outstanding projects in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences.

National Taiwan Science Education Center

The National Taiwan Science Education Center, which hosts the Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF), provides awards at the Regeneron ISEF to encourage high school students for their excellent research.

NC State College of Engineering

NC State is home to one of the world’s finest colleges of engineering and computer science. Participation in Intel ISEF allows us to recognize the impressive achievements of future engineers and computer scientists and invite them to explore the opportunities available within the College of Engineering designed to support their continued success.

Office of Naval Research on behalf of the United States Navy and Marine Corps

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsors NSAP for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps. ONR coordinates, executes, and promotes science and technology programs of the Naval services through universities, government laboratories, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Fostering an academic interest in Naval-relevant science and engineering from high school through post-doctoral levels is of great importance to ONR.

Oracle Academy

Computer science develops problem solvers and innovators: Fundamentally, computer science teaches computational thinking—logical data analysis and organization, the ability to create concise problem statements, to identify and implement algorithm-based solutions, and to generalize and extrapolate solutions that can be applied to other problems. Helping students develop these skills will be a benefit to them in every subject, in the classroom and beyond.

Patent and Trademark Office Society

“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts”…these words embedded in the Constitution of the United States of America echo the reasons why the Patent and Trademark Office Society participates in Regeneron ISEF every year. Nurturing talent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) starts at an early level, and we wish to encourage students to pursue their career aspirations as they will be our STEM leaders of tomorrow.

Potamkin Prize

We launched the Potamkin Prize for Students to support the education of young researchers and future scientists. Established in 1988, the Potamkin Prize and has provided more than $3 million to over 70 researchers, resulting in a series of revolutionary advances in the field of brain science. By sponsoring continuous research, providing funding to multiple scientists over the course of decades and now supporting science education, we aim to turn innovative research into potential treatments.

Raytheon Technologies Corporation

United Technologies Corporation has been providing its ISEF special awards for three decades. Now merged as Raytheon Technologies Corporation, we continue the tradition because we believe in programs that advance science, technology, engineering, and math education for youth.

Ricoh USA, Inc

Ricoh is proud to recognize students’ outstanding efforts in addressing issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development in their science and engineering projects. We are honored to help foster innovative ideas that carry the potential for a more sustainable future in students’ communities as well as the world.

Serving Society Through Science

Serving Society Through Science seeks to recognize outstanding, creative young minds as they represent the hope of humanity’s future.

Shanghai Youth Science Education Society

Shanghai Youth Science Education Society (SYSES) aims to engage young minds in scientific inquiry and research, and prepare students to contribute as future scientists. As the world’s largest science fair which attracts the most excellent students and projects from the whole world, ISEF is a great platform in line with our values.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society

Sigma Xi is committed to advancing the research enterprise and to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. We are proud to support students and encourage them to pursue STEM careers by awarding the best demonstration of team science and multidisciplinary research.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics is an education, not-for-profit organization, founded to advance light-based technologies. The Society contributes a significant percentage of revenue every year to community support activities including, educational resources, outreach and advocacy programs, career development, and an annual scholarship program which recognizes students from all over the world studying optics, photonics, or related fields. Learn more about SPIE and its commitment to the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The Susie and Gideon Yu Awards for Innovation in Sustainability

The Susie and Gideon Yu Awards for Innovation in Sustainability recognizes students whose innovative project focuses on conservation of natural resources and sustainability. It is supported by the Susie and Gideon Yu Foundation. Mr. Gideon Yu of Hillsborough, CA, a 1989 ISEF Grand Award winner in Environmental Sciences. Mr. Yu is Chairman and CEO of the high performance audio firm Bowers & Wilkins, as well as a co-owner and former President of the San Francisco 49ers. Mr. Yu is a Trustee of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and he and his wife Susie are generous donors to anti-poverty programs and scholarship programs.

U.S. Agency for International Development

Throughout history, the human condition has dramatically improved through major advances in science, technology, and engineering. By offering Special Awards at the Regeneron ISEF, USAID hopes to galvanize the brightest young minds in science and engineering to find solutions to the world’s critical development challenges.

United States Environmental Protection Agency

We participate to share information about environmental protection with ISEF participants and encourage the young innovators to apply science and engineering to solving environmental challenges. We recognize one student, whose work demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship, with the EPA Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award.

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. As a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities, it is our priority to advance the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship by celebrating future Wildcats who are committed to innovation and will be our next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

Wolfram Research, Inc.

As the education of our youth determines the shape of our future, Wolfram Research is proud to support Regeneron ISEF and similar events that recognize the talents of young people. By endowing these scholars with the world’s most powerful and all-encompassing computational software, we hope that they will be able to eventually make possible what today seems implausible, and that their education and growth inspires those yet to come to also embrace the sciences.

YM American Academy

One of YMAA’s mission is to stimulate and sustain the youth students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Many of the world’s most significant engineering challenges will be met decades in the future by the next generation of engineers and scientists. We support the students rigorous, but fun, hands-on experiences with real-world scientific tools. We want to motivate and empower today’s students to become tomorrow’s scientists and innovators.


Since more than 170 years, ZEISS shapes the science in optics. Starting 1846, Carl Zeiss opened a workshop for precision mechanics and optical instruments in Jena. In 1857, he developed his first microscope with an assembled optical system. In the years that followed, ZEISS Microscopy became increasingly powerful and enabled significant scientific progress. Ever since, we support young scientist to find answers to our society’s pressing challenges, and make their solutions available to others.