Special Award Organizations

Each year more than 45 professional organizations, representing government, industry and education across a wide variety of scientific disciplines, affiliate with Regeneron ISEF as Special Award Organizations to provide awards from their respective organizations.

Special Awards provide opportunities for students to be recognized beyond the Grand Awards in 22 categories. Further, Special Awards provide opportunities for participating companies and organizations to publicly illustrate their commitment to STEM education.

For more information about how your organization can become an SAO this May in Los Angeles, please contact Carole Russo.


2022 ISEF Special Awards Ceremony -Michio Kaku

The Society for Science would like to thank the following organizations for their support of Regeneron ISEF 2024. If your organization is interested in being a Special Award Organization, please visit this page for more information.

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 Mathematical Society

For the AMS, this is the thirty-sixth year of participation and is the thirty-fourth year of the presentation of the Karl Menger Awards. Participation at the Regeneron ISEF allows us to recognize outstanding high school students in the mathematical areas of science and engineering.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 twelfth year to Regeneron ISEF. FBK has involved almost 400 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

The IEEE strives to foster the next generation of engineers through programs and scholarships developed for pre-university level students. Participation in Regeneron ISEF is an excellent opportunity to recognize excellence by these students.

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 prizes and recognition for projects which exhibit the most effective use of systems engineering principles.

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, 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 Abdulaziz & his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity

Mawhiba is a non-profit foundation in Saudi Arabia dedicated to fostering a culture of creativity, The Foundation motivates young people around the world to explore innovative methods in diverse fields of study.

London International Youth Science Forum CIC

We strive to empower young people who are passionate about STEM and want to facilitate opportunities for them to fulfill their potential. We provide our students with a deeper insight into science (STEM) and how science can be applied for the benefit of all humankind. Since our beginning, the idea of LIYSF is about bringing young people from different nations together to learn about each other and our different cultures through a shared passion for science. We want to welcome ISEF winners to join our program to not only benefit from the experience but also contribute as student ambassadors.

Long Island University

Long Island University focuses on experiential learning with campuses in Brooklyn and Brookville, NY. LIU is ranked in the top 7% of universities in the nation for high research activity and is excited to recognize ISEF participants who want to continue their research to help the world. LIU aims to attract top students to study and collaborate on research under renowned professors in a variety of fields. LIU offers our top Presidential Scholarship (full-tuition valued at $40,248 per year) to 10 ISEF participants who display excellence in their research, academics and are global citizens.

Mary Kay Inc.

Mary Kay hopes to encourage young innovators to blaze trails around the world to help solve some of humanity’s most complex problems through science and innovation. The company is committed to providing education grants and STEM-learning opportunities to build a more robust pipeline of female STEM talent in the future while also empowering more young women to pursue STEM-related careers.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology is proud to be a Special Award sponsor of Regeneron ISEF 2022. We recognize the immense talent of the students who have been selected as finalists in this competition, and we wish to reward those who have interest in continuing their education in the STEM fields.

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.


NASA’s vision is to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind, and we are excited to recognize projects that advance Space and Earth sciences, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration.

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 Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is where education meets exploration. We hope to identify solutions that incorporate geographic concepts and geospatial technology to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA

NOAA’s Office of Education is a proud supporter of student research on issues related to our 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 Security Agency Research Directorate

The NSA Research Directorate participates in ISEF to encourage more students to join a growing multi-disciplinary and collaborative community of scientists and cybersecurity professionals. In an increasingly interconnected world, NSA encourages aspiring researchers to utilize scientifically rigorous approaches for the advancement of cybersecurity.

National Taiwan Science Education Center

National Taiwan Science Education Center, which hosts the Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF) selects best projects to represent Taiwan to participate in many international science fair. TISF special award also invites international students with great projects to take part in TISF in order to encourage communication between domestic and international students. Therefore TISF provides a special 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.


How can you actually change the world? The Non-Trivial Fellowship is an online part-time program for high school students aged 14-20 to start solving the world’s most pressing problems. You’ll learn from experts like artificial intelligence pioneer Yoshua Bengio, get a $500 scholarship, and up to $15,000 in funding. We participate in ISEF to recognise and encourage projects tackling the world’s most pressing problems, like climate change, pandemics, and risks from artificial intelligence. Read more and apply: nntrvl.org/ISEF

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 junior high school through post-doctoral levels is of great importance to ONR.

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.

The Potamkin Prize for Students

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.

Qatar Research, Development, and Innovation Council

The Qatar Research, Development, and Innovation (QRDI) Council, is committed to promoting advancements in research, development, and innovation initiatives locally and globally. QRDI catalyzes progress across various sectors, fostering collaboration and partnerships to address pressing societal issues and promote sustainable growth. The QRDI Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements in research and innovation across four distinct categories. Each team will receive a $500 award for their remarkable contributions to research and discovery.


Qorvo technology has been at the heart of systems that connect, protect and power the planet for more than 30 years. As a company, we promote multiple outreach activities to build a strong future workforce for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. We foster inclusive thoughts and activities through diverse teams, innovative technology and science research projects with high impact to the global communities in which we live and serve.

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 budding scientists 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.

TUBITAK The Scientific and Technological Research Institution of Türkiye

TÜBİTAK has been working for 60 years for researchers and scientists to promote their research and fund their projects through support programs for individuals or institutions. As ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college STEM competition, TÜBİTAK annually participates in the fair and wants to promote young scientists’ international projects as an SAO in ISEF 2024.

U.S. Agency for International Development

USAID participates in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to find young scientists like you who have the potential to change the lives of people around the world with your scientific inventions. Since 2014, USAID has provided $300,000 to pre-college students recognized with our USAID Science for Development Awards.

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.

Westlake University

Westlake’s core mission includes advancing science and technology across borders and inspiring future generations of scientists and engineers. We are honored to recognize and celebrate excellence in science and engineering education and gather young people from diverse cultures through a shared passion for science and engineering.

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.