Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2007

Posted on July 5, 2007  Comments (1)

Top 3 students - Intel ISEF 2007

Can These Kids Save American Science?

Jose Manuel Otero realized that science was his goal in 1996, when he went to ISEF with a project on filtering diesel from water using charcoal that he made from leaves and grass. Otero, the son of Spanish immigrants who never finished high school, took first place in the Connecticut state fair and went on to the internationals, winning third place in his division. “I didn’t know I wanted to be a scientist until I got to ISEF,” he says.

Where students in previous generations built robots in their basements or sampled pond water in the local park, the majority of today’s winning projects showcase research done in a lab under the supervision of a mentor, an academic at a university or corporate research institute. Students get their own portion of the lab’s investigation. If they discover anything of significance, they might be rewarded as a co-author of a paper the professor submits to a journal, or they might share in a patent that the lab takes out on their work. One team project from Stony Brook’s summer program on detecting individual cancer cells by how hard or soft they are is up for a patent and has been submitted to the journal Science.

The top three winners of the ISEF receive a $50,000 scholarship and $4 million in cash and scholarships are awarded. Related: Intel ISEF Awards 2006Science Fair Project on Bacterial Growth on Packaged SaladsAmber’s Science Talent Search BlogScience Fair Directory

One Response to “Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2007”

  1. Curious Cat » Thailand’s Contribution to the ISEF
    February 23rd, 2008 @ 10:11 am

    “Intel Microelectronics (Thailand) Ltd is sponsoring five young Thai students to participate in the 59th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Atlanta, Georgia…”

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