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The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is a week-long research competition and exhibition for high school age students from all over the world. Approximately 1200 students, representing 40 countries, compete in the annual event which is held each spring. Each student at the Intel ISEF qualified by winning an ISEF-affiliated fair in their local area.
Every year, thousands of students participate in regional and state science fairs that are affiliated with Intel ISEF. Each affiliated fair may send up to two finalists and one team to compete at the Intel ISEF. The local fair assumes the students' expenses associated with attending the Intel ISEF.
The Intel Northwest Science Exposition Research Competition is the ISEF-affiliated fair for the entire state of Oregon, and for Clark County Washington. Intel NWSE has two ISEF affiliations this year meaning we can send up to 4 individual finalists and 2 small teams.
Any student in grades 9-12 or equivalent, not having reached age 21 on or before May 1 preceding the ISEF, is eligible to compete.
Each students may enter only one project. Team projects may have a maximum of three members. Exhibits must adhere to safety and size requirements. Students may compete in only one ISEF-affiliated fair, except when proceeding on to an affiliated state fair from an affiliated regional fair.
Most of the requirements for the ISEF and NWSE are very similar. These include:
- The research must have been conducted by the student(s), not by adult supervisors
- All necessary forms must be complete and available for review at the fair. We recommend keeping all signed forms, certifications, and permits in a notebook or folder.
- A 250-word abstract (which summarizes the year's work) and the project data book must be displayed with the exhibit.
- A research paper is strongly recommended by both the NWSE and ISEF. Students aspiring to be ISEF finalists should have a research paper with their display at NWSE. Judges may evaluate the research paper.
Online Rule Booklet and Additional Forms
You can download the entire rules booklet! The rule booklet contains general information, registration forms, exhibit guidelines, checklists, information about the International Fair, and ISEF forms. Highly recommended reading. For further info, check out the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair website.