“The world needs more scientists, makers and entrepreneurs to create jobs, drive economic growth and solve pressing global challenges,” said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation. “Intel believes that young people are the key to innovation, and we hope that these winners inspire more students to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math, the foundation for creativity.”
This year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair featured more than 1,700 young scientists selected from 435 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the top winners, more than 500 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research, including 17 "Best of Category" winners, who each received a US$5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a US$1,000 grant to each winner’s school and to the affiliated fair they represent. Additionally, the Intel Foundation presented a select number of students with experiential awards, including the new 11-day trip to China to attend the country’s largest national science competition, speak with researchers at Intel’s lab in Shanghai, and visit the Panda Research Base in Chengdu.
The following lists the 17 Best of Category winners, from which the top three were chosen:
|Behavioral and Social Sciences||Michelle||Marquez||Midlothian||Virginia|
|Cellular and Molecular Biology||Joshua||Meier||Hackensack||New Jersey|
|Chemistry||Tai Hei||Chan||Hong Kong||China|
|Earth Science||Yu-Hsin||Chen||Taipei City||Chinese Taipei|
|Energy and Transportation||Shannon||Lee||Singapore||Singapore|
|Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical||Sarah||Galvin||Tempe||Arizona|
|Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering||Harry||Paul||Port Washington||New York|
|Medicine and Health Sciences||Nathan||Han||Boston||Massachusetts|
|Physics and Astronomy||John||Caddell||Pebble Beach||California|
|Plant Sciences||Yi-Hsuan||Huang||Taipei City||Chinese Taipei|
Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, has owned and administered the competition since its inception in 1950 as the National Science Fair.