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Society for Science & the Public - International Science & Engineering Fair

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1719 N Street, N.W.Washington, DC 20036 United States

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Mission Statement

Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to the public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, inspire. Inform - To deliver the events and news of the scientific world daily. Through online and print media, we keep the world informed of the latest scientific news and advances. Educate - To further the many disciplines of science by reaching students, teachers and the public. Inspire - To encourage and nurture the next generation of scientists, engineers and teachers, through our acclaimed science competitions.


The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,800 high school students from 81 countries, regions and territories to showcase their independent research. ISEF is the premiere science competition in the world exclusively for students in grades 9-12.

Each year, millions of students worldwide compete in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in ISEF-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend ISEF. ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talent on an international stage, enabling them to submit their work to judging by doctoral level scientists--and providing the opportunity to compete for nearly $5 million in prizes and scholarships.

ISEF is held in a different city each year in May. Next May, ISEF will be held in Anaheim, CA, May 10-15, 2020


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