Intel ISEF Pittsburgh Seeking Judges

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The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science competition, is returning to Pittsburgh in 2018 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  This competition brings together 1700 students in grades 9-12 from 75 countries, regions and territories.  These are the best and brightest in the world, having won at local, regional, state and national fairs to get here. 

Twenty percent of competitors hold patents or published papers.

They need your help!

They need about 1,000 judges in 22 categories, covering the whole of science and engineering.  Judges are required to have a B.A., B.S. or a master’s degree with a minimum of six years related professional experience OR a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent.  Senior level graduate students may also qualify. 

If in doubt apply, and credentials will be reviewed.  Judges are expected to be available from Tuesday afternoon (register no later than 5:00 PM) May 15 through Wednesday evening May 16, 2018, to complete their judging assignments.  Judge training is available.  Parking and all meals are provided free.

Judging at Intel ISEF is wonderful.  The students consistently rank talking with the judges as the high point of their experience.  The opportunity to meet these students is a tremendous experience for you.  The positive energy in the exhibit hall with the students is inspiring! 

Judging is also a great opportunity to network with fellow judges – over 1000 professionals from around the region and around the world.  The students are our future leaders and workers for industry, universities and research facilities – it’s an opportunity to meet your future students, colleagues and employees.  You will also advance STEM education, and promote good will. 

Intel ISEF was held in Pittsburgh in 2012 and 2015, and was a huge success.  Join them to help make the 2018 fair even better. Become a judge.  It’s easy.  Go to https://student.societyforscience.org/grand-award-judges – click the tab that says REGISTER.

Chuck Vukotich, a staff member in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh is the Chair of Judging, and is responsible for recruiting all the judges and managing all judging aspects of the ISEF in Pittsburgh.  This is a team effort, with universities, corporations, hospitals, and institutions all recruiting judges from their staffs.

Don’t want to judge?  Volunteer to help.  There are all kinds of jobs to do, including being an interpreter in any of 20 languages.  Go to: https://www.societyforscience.org/volunteer

ISEF is a great experience.

Questions?  Email:  Judging@societyforscience.org