Each year more than 1,700 student finalists earn the right to attend the Intel ISEF as a result of winning an Intel ISEF-affiliated fair at a local, regional, or national level. Intel ISEF finalists compete for more than $5 million in awards and prizes and are judged on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill, and clarity shown in their projects. Awards at Intel ISEF 2015 included the following:
The Gordon E. Moore Award
This $75,000 top award of the Intel ISEF is provided to the top Best in Category project.
Gordon Moore co-founded Intel Corporation in 1968, serving as president and CEO as well as Chairman of the Board before his retirement in 1997. With degrees in chemistry and physics from University of California, Berkeley (B.S.) and Caltech (Ph.D.), Moore is widely known for “Moore’s Law,” the driving pulse of the semiconductor industry. He and his wife, Betty Moore, have created the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and are among the world's most generous philanthropists. He is widely admired for his technical leadership and his role as one of the creators of today's Silicon Valley, as well as for his ongoing philanthropic role supporting environmental efforts and science education and research.
The Moore Award recognizes the Best of the Best among the outstanding students from around the world who participate in the Intel ISEF. The winning project is selected on the basis of outstanding and innovative research, as well as on the potential impact of the work — in the field and on the world at large.
Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards
Intel and SSP will present $50,000 awards to two Best in Category projects. These finalists will be selected for their commitment to innovation in tackling challenging scientific questions, using authentic research practices, and creating solutions to the problems of tomorrow.
Intel ISEF Best of Category Awards
Best of Category Winners are provided a $5,000 scholarship. Additionally, a $1,000 grant will be given to their school and the Intel ISEF-affiliated fair they represent.
Intel ISEF Grand Awards
Grand Awards are presented in each of the 20 Intel ISEF categories, as follows:
- 1st Award: $3,000 cash award
- 2nd Award: $1,500 cash award
- 3rd Award: $1,000 cash award
- 4th Award: $500 cash award
Team projects will be judged and awarded within their scientific category. Team members will split the award equally. The number of awards distributed in each category is proportional to the number of projects entered in that category.
Intel ISEF Special Awards
Each year, organizations representing a wide variety of scientific disciplines provide awards, scholarships, internship and other prizes to hundreds of student Finalists. More information on Special Awards that will be provided at Intel ISEF can be found here.
Intel ISEF Experiential Awards
Each year, Intel provides experiential awards to introduce students to settings in which they can explore their scientific interests while also experiencing a cultural exchange. The experiential awards in 2015 are currently being developed; the awards provided in 2014 included those below.
Three finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS), which includes attendance at the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden. The Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award is a multi-disciplinary seminar highlighting some of the most remarkable achievements by young scientists from around the world. This award is named for Dudley R. Herschbach, Harvard Professor and 1986 Nobel Laureate in chemistry. He is Emeritus Board Chair of Society for Science & the Public.
Innovation Exploration Award
From the first rocket research in 1936 to the first US satellite in 1958 to the many missions to learn about Venus, Neptune, Jupiter and most recently the Mars Curiosity Lander in 2012, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology is a place where science, technology and engineering intermix to produce iconic robotic space explorers sent to every corner of the solar system helping us to discover how the universe, the solar system, and life formed and evolved. JPL was established by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1944, a prestigious university whose mission is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education.
In collaboration with Intel Corporation, a number of students will have the opportunity to be a part of a behind the scenes visit to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and also visit the world renowned Caltech, meet with scientists, present their own work, and see what is next in space exploration.
European Union Contest for Young Scientists
An all-expense-paid trip enables attendance for selected finalists at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists — located in a new city each year.
Intel Foundation Cultural and Scientific Visit to China
The Intel Foundation believes that cultural experiences can help shape and strengthen scientific research. In 2014, for the first time, the Intel Foundation partnered with the China Adolescents for Science and Technology Organization to award an 11-day trip to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. The winners will attend the China Adolescent Science and Technology Innovation Contest, the largest national science competition in China. They will also have the opportunity to visit the Chengdu Panda Research Base, other science education institutes, research centers, middle schools and universities in China. Finalists will exchange ideas with Chinese scientists and like-minded peers, gaining a better understanding of China's science programs.
London International Youth Science Forum/Philip V. Streich Memorial Award
The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) is a two-week program held annually for 300 young scientists from more than 50 countries. LIYSF offers a unique opportunity to participate in an international event attracting science students from around the world. Philip V. Streich was an alumnus of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2007 and 2008; and he won third place at the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search, both programs of the Society for Science & the Public.
Intel Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Visit to India Award
In partnership with the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum, Intel is pleased to award a scientific and cultural exchange visit to India. Winners will showcase their research projects at the National Fair of India –Initiative in Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS). In addition to the participation at IRIS, the students will receive an opportunity to visit research institutions and universities and interact with the key scientific leadership in India.