About ISEF 2009

Scientific discovery takes center stage in Reno, Nevada at the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

May 10-16, 2009, Reno-Sparks Convention Center

Northern Nevada welcomed more than 6,000 visitors for the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The event showcased the work of more than 1,500 exceptional high-school science students from more than 50 countries who came to Reno to compete for nearly $4 million in scholarships and prizes. The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority estimated the event would bring $6.6 million in tourist revenue to the region.

Grand Award and Special Award Winners announced

Congratulations to the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award winners, who each receive a $50,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation:

Congratulations to three Nevada students who received awards:

A complete list of the Grand Award and Special Award winners is available at the Society for the Science and the Public web site.

Earning the right to compete at Intel ISEF is an achievement: every student finalist is a winner.

Fair Visitation Day sees record student attendance

On Thursday the Intel ISEF opened to the public. Based on registration of school groups at the Convention Center entrances, organizers estimate that 4,500 Nevada students attended the event, with students coming from as far away as Owyhee, Nev. The Society for Science and the Public, which owns and administers Intel ISEF, noted this as the largest-ever attendance by elementary, middle and high school students at an Intel ISEF event.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsors:

Agilent logo
Ewing Marion Kauffman logo
IGT logo
  • Redfield Foundation
Redfield foundation logo
Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority logo
Nevada Seal

Silver Sponsors:

Ricoh logo
att logo
Davidson Institute logo
Estipona Group logo
UNR logo

Learn more about our additional sponsors or how to become an Intel ISEF 2009 sponsor.

PSAs Help Spread the Word

"Judge, volunteer, donate" is the call made through two public service announcements hitting the airwaves across the region. Special thanks to the Estipona Group and Truckee Meadows Community College for donating services to produce these announcements and to area television stations for bringing these messages to viewers.

Davidson Academia student Casey Acklin with Steve Wells at the Kick-Off event in RenoMaria Sheehan, Paul Dugan and Steve Wells with young scientists
Public Service Announcement
(Windows media video file, 2.88 MB)

Davidson Academia student Casey Acklin with Steve Wells at the Kick-Off event in RenoWhat's on the minds of young scientists
Public Service Announcement
(Windows media video file, 4.71 MB)

Exhibition floor

Fast Facts

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), coming to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center May 10-16, 2009, is the only global science competition for high-school students.

Millions of high-school level children participate annually in local science fairs around the world, and winners advance to more than 550 ISEF-affiliated regional fairs. Intel ISEF finalists are selected annually from these regional fairs. Each ISEF-affiliated fair can send its top two individual projects and one team project to Intel ISEF.

Who is coming to Intel ISEF 2009?

Male 855  
Female 708  
Total Finalists 1,563  
Individual Finalists 947  
Team Finalists 616  
Freshmen 186  
Sophomore 299  
Junior 494  
Senior 584  
Total number of projects: 1,225  
Number of Finalists by Project Category, including teams:
Animal Sciences -94
Behavioral & Social Sciences -108
Biochemistry -61
Cellular and Molecular Biology -69
Chemistry -51
Computer Science -75
Earth Science -26
Energy and Transportation -120
Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical -138
Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering -94
Environmental Management -110
Environmental Sciences -101
Mathematics -72
Medicine and Health -144
Microbiology -92
Physics and Astonomy -110
Plant Sciences -98

Number of Countries Represented: 51 countries, including the United States and U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Number of U.S. States Represented: 46 states plus District of Columbia

Who will volunteer?

800-1,000 judges
150 language interpreters
500 general volunteer positions

What this event will mean to the Reno/Sparks community

$6.6 million is estimated tourism revenue (Source: Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority) 6,000 visitors are anticipated

Society for Science and the Public

Society for Science and the Public (formerly Science Service), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., has administered the intel ISEF since its inception in 1950. Since Intel became the title sponsor of the ISEF in 1996, the total number of finalists has grown by 40 percent, and the number of participating countries, regions, and territories has grown by 70 percent to more than 50 countries.

-Images showcasing Nevada provided courtesy of the Reno-Tahoe Store
and the Las Vegas News Bureau-

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