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Technology giant, Intel, holds "the world's largest pre-college science fair competition" to encourage young innovators. Every year 7 million science savvy students from around the world compete locally in hopes of being a finalist at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Finalists' projects are evaluated by thousands of science, engineering and technology professionals. The lucky winners might be awarded one of the following prizes...
Gordon Moore Award
The top Best In Category winner is awarded USD 75,000.
Intel Foundation Young Scientists Award
Two runners-up receive USD 50,000 each.
Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award
An all-expenses paid trip to attend the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS), including attendance at the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Sweden, is awarded to three finalists.
Best of Category Awards
Best of Category projects, selected from each of the competition’s 17 categories, receive a USD 5,000 award from the Intel Foundation. USD 1,000 grants are also awarded to the winners’ schools and the affiliated fairs they represent. Best of category winners become eligible for the Gordon E. Moore and Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards.
The Intel Foundation provides Grand Awards for first, second, third and fourth places in each category. Awards are USD 3,000, USD 1,500, USD 1,000 and USD 500, respectively.