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International Science and Engineering Fair (Judges Needed)

on May 10, 2020 from 9:00 AM to May 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM

Topic Info The world's premier science competition for pre-college students is returning to southern California and needs your expertise.

The Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (formerly known as Intel ISEF) will be held in the Anaheim Convention Center May 10-15. This year we expect approximately 1800 finalists in grades 9-12 from 80 countries, regions, and territories, to compete for awards totaling nearly $5 million. Each ISEF finalist has won an all-expenses paid trip to southern California for this final competition. These finalists have been selected from millions of students presenting projects at science fairs throughout the world which feed into hundreds of ISEF-affiliated science fairs. Only the best of the best qualify to participate at ISEF.

To get a sense of the importance (and the spectacle) of Regeneron ISEF please view this brief two-and-a-half minute video of highlights from last year's Fair, which was held in Phoenix:
Speaker Bio In order to fairly assess the finalists' projects and select the best for awards, we need 1000 judges in all fields of science, math, and engineering.  Most Grand Award judges have a doctorate (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., or an equivalent), but the minimum requirement is a Bachelor's or Master's degree in the relevant scientific or engineering discipline followed by a minimum of six years of professional experience in that field.  Generally speaking, secondary school teachers are not eligible to serve as judges.

Because you have been a judge at the California Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF), I am writing today to invite you to apply to be a Grand Award Judge at Regeneron ISEF on May 12-13.  To submit your application please visit:

Judges need to arrive at the Anaheim Convention Center between noon and 5 pm on Tuesday, May 12, for preliminary evaluation of projects (without students present), dinner, and a meeting with fellow judges and co-chairs in one of 21 subject categories.  All interviews are individually scheduled on Wednesday, May 13, beginning in the morning and continuing throughout the afternoon.  All awards will be determined by category caucuses which will finish after dinner.  Regeneron ISEF will provide judges with free parking and all meals from dinner on Tuesday through dinner on Wednesday, followed by a reception that evening.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide judges with any additional travel or housing support.

While this email is intended specifically for judges, the Fair is also looking for volunteers in other capacities, such as interpreters, at all times during the week, starting as early as Thursday, May 7.  For an overview of all of the ways in which you or your colleagues can help, please see the volunteer section of the ISEF site: 
Location Anaheim Convention Center
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