The Metro Richmond STEM Fair is Central Virginia's regional qualifying fair for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and the Broadcom MASTERS competition. The Fair is entering its 21st year and is funded by the MathScience Innovation Center (MSiC) and the MSiC Foundation.
Currently, students who attend public school in Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, King William,Petersburg, Powhatan, and Richmond are eligible to compete. Students compete in either the Junior (grades 7 & 8) or Senior (grades 9 – 12) Division.
The Metro Richmond STEM Fair (MRSF) has been affiliated with the Intel ISEF since 2002 and sent its first student winner to compete in May 2003. Since that time the MRSF has sent 18 students to compete in international competitions, with 14 of them winning either a category or organizational award. This shows the quality of the research that is being done by students in the Richmond area.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the largest pre-college science competition in the world, rewarding students for good research since 1950. It is owned and administered by the Society for Science and the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the public to recognize and become involved in scientific research and education.The Intel ISEF has been sponsored by the INTEL Foundation for the last 13 years and that partnership was just renewed through 2019. Over $3,000,000 in prizes, scholarships and educational trips are given away annually to students from 70 countries around the world.
Junior Division competitors are not left out of advancement opportunities. Top competitors at the Metro Richmond STEM Fair are nominated to the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, & Engineering for Rising Stars) competition which is also a program of Society for Science & the Public. Six thousand students are nominated to this competition nationwide. Approximately 1500 of them complete the online application process. The applications and projects are reviewed by a panel of judges and the top 300 students are chosen as national Semifinalists. Finally, 30 students are selected as national Finalists and win an all-expense paid trip for themselves and a parent to Washington, D.C. to attend the final round of the competition. At least 10 monetary awards are given out at the end of the competition including the top prize of $25,000!
To qualify for the Intel ISEF, students must first submit a project to the Metro Richmond STEM Fair, which is a 2-level juried fair. Submitted project papers are read and scored by the preliminary judges, or screeners, in February. Top scoring students are offered an opportunity to present their projects at the MRSF in March.
Top high school students will win an all-expense paid trip to the Intel ISEF, fully funded by the MathScience Innovation Center and the 2013 Sponsors of the Metro Richmond STEM Fair, led by our Title Sponsors, Dominion and DuPont.
Other top Senior Division winners move on to compete in the Virginia State Science & Engineering Fair in April at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA. Here they can win additional prizes and possibly qualify for the 3 VSSEF spots to go to the Intel ISEF as representatives of Virginia. This year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair will be held in Phoenix, Arizona May 12-17, 2013.
Intel ISEF Affiliated Regional Fair
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