The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is a science fair and the largest pre-college scientific research event in the world, and Intel ISEF is administered by the Society for Science & the Public, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Each May, more than 1500 students from roughly 70 countries and territories compete in the fair for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prizes, including one $75,000 and two $50,000 college scholarships. All prizes together amount to over $4,070,000. Two awards ceremonies are held including Special Awards Organization Presentation which now includes the Government Awards Presentations and the Grand Awards Ceremony. The International Science and Engineering Fair was founded in 1950 by Science Service which is now the Society for Science & the Public and has been sponsored by the Intel Corporation since 1997. As of 2012, seven ISEF alumni went on to win Nobel Prizes, with successful ISEF veterans including Jack Andraka and inventor Alex Deans.
Competing for Intel Science Fair gives students so rewarding accomplishment and memorable experience to learn the world of science with fun and fruits of passion. Long-term planning should be very important, while paper works are overwhelming. Experienced science mentors will help students to proceed their projects successfully. Whether the students get an award or not, participating in the competition is much recommended by most science teachers and mentors. The students should not be stressed out because of too much ambition to win. Doing science for solving problems around house and community is not for competition at all, but for learning the detailed procedures with fun and pride with the problems that the student would like to solve.