What is ISEF

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The annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world’s largest international research competition in pre-university education. The event brings together approximately 1700 students from over 80 countries, exhibiting and competing for interesting projects.

The National Science Fair, which was initiated by the Society for Science & Public in 1950, later expanded into an international format with the participation of Japan, Canada and Germany in 1958. Today, thousands of students around the world are competing every year in science competitions supported by local institutions and schools in their own countries. The best students in these competitions also have the chance to participate in Intel ISEF.

In this sense, the competition is actually a kind of world finale. Bringing together young geniuses from all over the world, Intel ISEF allows young people to showcase their achievements internationally, giving them the chance to present their projects to scientists and compete for $ 5 million worth of awards and scholarships.

Note: More detailed information about the event can be found on their site. https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef

ISEF Categories

First of all, we can say that the ISEF competition addresses many different branches. There are also very specific ones in these areas and also very general ones. These branches should be selected with the students and experienced people who will participate in the competition.

  1. Animal Sciences (ANIM)
  2. Behavioral and Social Sciences (BEHA)
  3. Biochemistry (BCHM)
  4. Biomedical and Health Sciences (BMED)
  5. Biomedical Engineering (ENBM)
  6. Cellular and Molecular Biology (CELL)
  7. Chemistry (CHEM)
  8. Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBIO)
  9. Earth and Environmental Sciences (EAEV)
  10. Embedded Systems (EBED)
  11. Energy: Chemical (EGCH)
  12. Energy: Physical (EGPH)
  13. Engineering Mechanics (ENMC)
  14. Environmental Engineering (ENEV)
  15. Materials Science (MATS)
  16. Mathematics (MATH)
  17. Microbiology (MCRO)
  18. Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)
  19. Plant Sciences (PLNT)
  20. Robotics and Intelligent Machines (ROBO)
  21. Systems Software (SOFT)
  22. Translational Medical Science (TMED)

Note: Subcategories and descriptions of the above categories can be found on the Intel ISEF website.https: //student.societyforscience.org/isef-categories-and-subcategories

About Day 1 (Sunday, 12.05.2019)

This section evaluates the event on Monday.

Day Program:

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opens Project Set-up/Display & Safety Inspections

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. SRC Interviews

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Intel Quad

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Intel ISEF Commons

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Student Pin Exchange—Finalists


Firstly, since it was the first day of the competition, it was a day of warming up and gathering information about the competition. First of all people need to register. Then you can enter the competition area with the name badge given to you. After entering the competition area, you go to the booth allocated to you. When you arrive at the booth area, you find a document written on the table for you. Among these documents, you will find a summary of what you have uploaded to the system and a written document about what to do. The first thing you need to do is to prepare your poster and set up your booth. (You can find out the details of the work to be done from this document.) Then a team called SRC (Scientific Review Committee) carefully examines your presentation area and checks if it is against the instruction. Afterwards, SRC signs the certificate in the documents given to you. This document is then required to be clearly displayed on your booth. (Visual 1) Here are a few items to pay particular attention to on your poster and booth.

  • It is strictly forbidden to use the logos that belong to a company or represent an institution.
  • The sources of important images such as graphics, pictures, etc. that you use in the poster should be indicated under them.
  • Your poster should be prepared in a self-standing format. For this purpose, students coming from outside the USA are given this trifold poster card free of charge.

About Day 2 (13.05.2019 / Monday)

This section evaluates the event on Monday.

Day Program:

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Registration Open

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon SRC Interviews

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Project Set-up/ Display & Safety Inspections

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Symposia Sessions

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Intel Quad

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Intel ISEF Commons

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Intel ISEF Opening Ceremony Dinner

6:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes (Project Set-up MUST be complete)

6:15 p.m. Doors open Intel ISEF Opening Ceremony

7:00 p.m. Intel ISEF Opening Ceremony— Sponsored by Intel

8:00 p.m. Posting of Final “Not Cleared for Judging” List


On the second day SRC processing continues. If you complete SRC transactions early, there will be little left to do for that day. There is also an opening ceremony in the evening. Following this ceremony, the violation list is published.

About Day 3 (14.05.2019 / Tuesday)

This section evaluates the Tuesday in the event.

Day Program:

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Final Project Clearance

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Intel ISEF Commons

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Symposia Sessions

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Intel Quad

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall Floor Open to Finalists and Media

1:30 p.m. Innovation & Entrepreneurship Panel Presented by Society for Science & the Public

2:30 p.m. Excellence in Science and Technology Panel Presented by Intel Foundation

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Intel Quad

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Welcome Event – Downtown Phoenix Dinner will be available.


If your name is on the violation list, you will be given a final SRC check in the morning. Then there are seminars and beautiful panels throughout the day. On Wednesday you can relax in general and prepare yourself mentally for the competition.

About Day 4 (15.05.2019 / Wednesday)

In this section, the event is evaluated on Wednesday.

Day Program:

7:45 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open for Finalists

8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Finalists at Projects for Interviews

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Symposia Sessions

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Intel Quad

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 pm. Lunch Break

1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Finalists at Projects for Interviews

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Intel Quad

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Finalist Mixer, Downtown Phoenix

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Adult Mixer, Downtown Phoenix


The fate of the whole competition is determined on Wednesday. Wednesday jury presentation starts. No one is allowed in the area except juries. Jury presentations take 10 minutes and many juries visit your booth. After entering the exhibition area in the morning, there is a jury presentation schedule on your table. According to this chart, juries visit the areas. If the special jury wanted to visit your booth, you will find a note on your desk.

About Day 5 (16.05.2019 / Thursday)

In this section, the event is evaluated on Wednesday.

Day Program:

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Intel ISEF Commons

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Symposia Sessions

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Public Visitation Day


10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Intel Quad

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Special Awards Ceremony


Thursday is the day when you submit your projects to the public. You should leave your booths empty during this day. Jury members can visit the stands again. Special prizes are awarded at the end of the day. A project can receive multiple special awards. By reviewing the special awarding institutions, you can give them little hints on your poster.

About Day 6 (17.05.2019 / Friday)

In this section, the event is evaluated on Wednesday.

Day Program:

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.* Intel ISEF Grand Awards Ceremony

11:30 a.m.* – 1:30 p.m. Project Teardown

ALL projects MUST be removed by 1:30 PM!


This is the last day and the time the prizes are distributed. GOOD LUCK 😀

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