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Intel STS Finalists, 2009

San Jose Hosts Intel ISEF, Young Scientists Compete for Top Honors

As the banners around the San Jose Convention Center declared, when Intel ISEF was in town in May, Silicon Valley’s IQ was even higher than usual. 1,611 Finalists who won top awards in their regions, states, or countries, earned a place at the 61st annual International Science and Engineering Fair to compete for millions of dollars in prizes.

The week-long event kicked off with an energetic opening ceremony hosted by Intel CEO Paul Otellini and a guest appearance by Google Cofounder Larry Page. The rest of the week consisted of symposia, including a panel of Nobel Laureates, social events, such as the pin exchange where participants trade pins that represent their group or location, and, of course, judging.

On Thursday night, during the Special Awards Ceremony, organizations as diverse as the U.S. Army, Agilent Corporation, and the American Psychological Association honored projects related to their organizations' goals. The climax of the week was on Friday when the best of category, first, second, third, and fourth place awards were announced. Intel STS 2010 Alumni Kevin Ellis and Yale Fan were honored with Intel’s Young Scientist Award, while 16-year-old Amy Chyao took top prize, the Gordon E. Moore Award.


Speaking of Science 2010: A Podcast Contest for Middle and High School Students!

SSP is sponsoring a student podcast contest this summer to celebrate science. To submit an entry, individuals or student teams generate a 2-4 minute audio or video podcast in one of two categories: scientific communication or scientific demonstration, from articles in SSP's publications Science News Magazine or Science News for Kids. Podcasts will be judged for originality and creativity, and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Submissions for middle school students will be accepted June 1-July 5, 2010. Submissions for high school students will be accepted July 5-August 9, 2010.

See www.societyforscience.org/podcastcompetition.

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SSP Fellows | 2010 SSP Fellows Announcement Press Release | 2009 SSP Fellows Class


SSP Alumni Return to the Intel ISEF

Several SSP Alumni attended the Intel ISEF 2010 in San Jose, California to support 2010 Finalists. Among them were:

  • Rafael Betancourt (ISEF 1982, 1983) (Pictured right at ISEF 1982)
  • Sarah Kupferberg (STS 1980)
  • Tessa Walters (STS 1990; ISEF 1988, 1989, 1990)
  • Jerry McAlwee (STS 1986; ISEF 1985)
  • Amaya Becvar Weddle (ISEF 1992), and
  • Arun Thottumkara (STS 2004; ISEF 2001, 2002, 2004).

Read more about their experiences with SSP Education Programs and let us know if you were also an alum at this year's Intel ISEF.

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