The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 40 countries to showcase their independent research. The Intel ISEF is the premiere science competition in the world exclusively for students in grades 9-12. Society for Science & the Public partners with Intel along with dozens of other corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors who provide support and awards for the Intel ISEF each year. SIVB is one of those sponsors.

The SIVB supports an award, which provides the winner with a certificate. Winners must be in 11th grade with an exhibit in the area of plant or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture.

Judges can be recruited by the sponsoring organization to choose the winners of their awards; however, SIVB has elected not to provide special judges for the 100 or so regional fairs throughout the country. Each regional fair does their own judging based on the criteria SIVB has provided to them.

If you are interested in participating as a judge at the science fairs in your community, please visit to find an ISEF fair near you.

Submitted by Marietta Wheaton Ellis