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Society seeks new sponsor for International Science and Engineering Fair

Nathan Han at Intel ISEF

Nathan Han celebrates winning the top prize at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engingeering Fair. Photo: Chris Ayers/Intel

The Society for Science & the Public is seeking a new title sponsor for the International Science & Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international high school STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition.

Intel became the title sponsor in 1997 and renewed that sponsorship through 2019. A new sponsor will assume the sole title sponsorship following the May 2019 event.

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers from across the world enter this most powerful STEM pipeline. Last year, more than 1,750 finalists from more than 75 countries, regions and territories convened in Phoenix for the weeklong event. These students — tomorrow’s leading scientists, engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs — strive to discover answers and develop new solutions to humanity’s greatest problems.

Cutting-edge independent research projects included studies of the genes that help microbes turn waste into electricity, investigations of improved electrolytes for batteries and the development of a smart leg brace for people with multiple sclerosis, spinal injury or other problems walking. (See Science News for Studentscoverage of the competition.)

“This competition and its affiliated science fairs held across the globe reach young people like no other program can, igniting their passion for science and their desire to discover innovative solutions to some of our world’s most intractable problems,” says Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News.

In its nearly 70 years, the International Science and Engineering Fair has yielded thousands of distinguished alumni, including top innovators and entrepreneurs as well as recipients of the world’s most coveted science and math honors such as the Nobel Prize, National Medal of Science, Breakthrough Prize, Lasker Award and MacArthur Fellowship.

For more information on the search for a title sponsor, visit the Society’s ISEF sponsorship page.