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Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Intel ISEF

Life after science fair: Leveraging Your Success

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The Alumni Panelists shared their experiences, expertise, and advice with an eager crowd at Intel ISEF 2015.

Photos courtesy of Laura Shaposhnikova

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) was in full swing. Pittsburgh had graciously welcomed more than 1,700 finalists to the largest high school international science fair. 

Our Intel ISEF finalists did not fail to awe us with their high-quality research. Along with the chance to present their research and win nearly $4 million in awards, we wanted to provide inspiration to these students, so we invited alumni from previous ISEF's to share their various experiences and motivate our finalists to continue on their path to success.

Bob Wisner, a 1958-1959 alumnus of ISEF's early forerunner, the National Science Fair,  opened the panel. Bob began his science fair career as a 7th grade teeny-bopper. His accomplishments were far from teeny, however- Bob's research and product development went on to produce 15 patents in the laser electronics field. 

Alumni panelists Shantanu Gaur (Intel ISEF 2003, 2004), Laura Herlant (Intel ISEF 2008), and Vincent Howard (Intel ISEF 2003) shared a laugh with the audience while discussing how Intel ISEF helped lead them to their illustrious career paths. 

Finalists were enocuraged to line up to ask their many future-focused questions.

Throughout the room, finalists were eagerly taking notes from our panel of witty, successful alumni. We can't wait to see what these amazing 2015 finalists have in store in the future!

Alumni participating in the panel included:

  • Shantanu Gaur (Intel ISEF 2003-2004), founder of Allurion Technologies and Aegis Women's Health Technologies
  • Laura Herlant (Intel ISEF 2008), PhD candidate and robotics researcher at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Vincent Howard (Intel ISEF 2003), PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and mechanical engineer for NASA/TASC
  • Cecilia Lo (STS 1971), professor and chair of the Department of Developmental Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Crystal Morrison (ISEF 1994), technology manager of the Corporate Science and Technology Group at PPG Industries
  • Ryan Patterson (Intel ISEF 1999-2001, Intel STS 2002), senior electrical and computer engineer at Galvanic Engineering
  • Bob Wisner (National Science Fair, 1958-1959 & STS 1960 Honors Group), now an electrical engineering consultant and director of the Connecticut Science Fair

Are you an SSP education program alumni? Please reconnect with us, we would love to hear how you are doing. 

4:30am, May 1, 2015
Danielle Jacobson Duy Phan, Carolyn, Gregory Konar, Audrey Leasure, Raihan Kabir

On Thursday, April 16, SSP staff had the opportunity to reconnect with science education program alumni currently studying or working at Johns Hopkins University. 

The trip began with a stop at the JHU Undergraduate Research Day to see some of the work of our impressive alumni on display. 

4:30am, April 29, 2015

By Laura Shaposhnikova

Makayla Gates came to Washington, DC for the first time in her life last year. She flew into the city for Broadcom MASTERS 2014, where she presented her project entitled Acoustic Levitation: The Wave of the Future.

It's been a whirlwind of a year for Makayla since Broadcom MASTERS. Read on to learn more! 

How did you initially become involved in science?

4:30am, April 27, 2015

Alexandra Rojek, an Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2011 semifinalist, is currently an undergraduate at Harvard.

She co-founded the International Collegiate Science Journal (ICSJ) over the past year, with the help of several SSP alumni, including: Malone Locke, Intel ISEF 2007-2008; Abrar Choudhury, Intel STS 2012 semifinalist; Cissy Chen, Intel ISEF 2011; Carrie Sha, Intel STS 2013 semifinalist; and Joyce Kang, Intel STS 2014 finalist.

4:30am, April 22, 2015

Every year, middle school science enthusiasts across the country vie for top prizes at their regional science fair. At affiliated fairs, the top 10% of students receive an incredible opportunity- a nomination to apply for Broadcom MASTERS!

We contacted a few regional fairs that had standout application rates in 2014 to hear their tips for encouraging Broadcom MASTERS nominees to submit applications online. 

3:48pm, April 21, 2015

We bet you probably didn't know that by the time young women go to college, only 3% of them will declare a major in engineering, according to the Department of Education. 

On Thursday, April 23, SSP President and CEO Maya Ajmera will join Broadcom Foundation's President and Executive Director Paula Golden in Irvine, California to discuss filling in the gaps of STEM education for young women. 

Read more on the SSP blog

4:30am, April 2, 2015

Maria Elena Grimmett, a two-time Broadcom MASTERS Finalist (2011 – 2012) and two-time Intel ISEF Grand Award Winner (2013 – 2014), traveled to Cambridge University in England during mid-March to explore scientific discovery and its influence on literature. 

By Andrew Bridges 2:25pm, March 30, 2015

When it came to getting into the White House Science Fair, Holly Jackson had it all sewed up. Nikhil Behari, too, had just the right touch. And as for meeting President Barack Obama in person, it sent chills running up and down Harry Paul’s spine.

1:55pm, March 26, 2015

Eleven Society for Science & the Public alumni filled the  5th White House Science Fair with their inspiring research this past Monday, March 23. President Obama spoke with many of them, expressing pride for the hard work and brilliant innovations our alumni have created. 

Here are some fun photos from the day: 

4:06pm, March 23, 2015

“This is the fifth White House science fair and every year I walk out smarter than when I came in," President Obama said in his final remarks at the White House Science Fair. 

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