Participate at Intel ISEF, May 11-16, 2014

Would you like to be a judge at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, 2014?

Los Angeles has been chosen to host next year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), May 11-16, 2014. The Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, and it annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research.

Intel ISEF is the premier science competition in the world exclusively for students in grades 9–12. It grew out of the National Science Fair, which was created by Society for Science & the Public (then known as Science Service) in 1950. In 1958, the fair became international for the first time when Japan, Canada, and Germany joined the competition. Today, millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in Intel ISEF-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF. Intel 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 millions of dollars in prizes and scholarships.

Each year about 1,000 science, engineering, and industry professionals serve as judges for the Intel ISEF. All judges have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and/or six years of relevant experience. Judges volunteer their time and pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Local school and community science fairs will be conducted in the Los Angeles area as part of this region’s STEM initiative, and volunteers are sought for all of these worthwhile activities. Every year, thousands of individuals contribute their time and energy to SSP education programs—as judges, interpreters, and event volunteers. Through generous donation of their own time, our volunteers help inform, educate, and inspire each year in their own neighborhood at SSP-affiliated fairs around the U.S. and the world. Interested individuals are encouraged to seek out the science fair located in your local region, and volunteer your support and expertise to foster the development of young scientists and engineers around the world.

The scientific disciplines included are: Animal Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Earth Science, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Management, Materials & Bioengineering, Energy & Transportation, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine & Health, Microbiology, Physics & Astronomy, and Plant Sciences.

The Aerospace Corporation’s retiree cadre represents one of the richest resources of talent and experience relevant to student outreach in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Volunteers are needed in a variety of supporting roles in this and other STEM-related programs.

We need two kinds of help.

General Volunteers:
More than 500 volunteers for a variety of activities are needed during the week in daytime and evening shifts.

Judges:
Approximately 1,000 judges are needed for 17 scientific disciplines. Judging will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from the afternoon of Tuesday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Judges must have a minimum of six years related professional experience beyond receiving a B.A., B.S., or Master’s degree OR a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent (D.O., Ed.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., etc.).

Interpreters:
Student teams from more than 65 countries, regions, and territories around the world participate in Intel ISEF. About 200 interpreters will work with students with both conversational and technical interpretation. Greatest demand is for Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin.

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