Monday, April 8, 2013

Be An Intel ISEF Judge

Are you an Arizona-area chemist? Want to be a science fair judge? From this week's C&EN in the letters section:
...I cordially invite you to be a Grand Awards judge at the 2013 Intel ISEF, which will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center. We need more professional chemists and chemical engineers to volunteer for this rewarding activity. Judging starts the afternoon of May 14 and continues through May 15. There are 17 categories of competition, most of which involve chemistry and chemical engineering. Intel ISEF is supported by more than 70 organizations, including ACS, and is a program of the Society for Science & the Public, whose own competitions were an early experience for several Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients. 
You can register to become an Intel ISEF judge at http://apps2.societyforscience.org/isef/judging. As President Barack Obama has said, “We need to teach kids it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair.” The Intel ISEF is a wonderful opportunity for ACS members to contribute to this mission!
Bill Glaunsinger2013 Intel ISEF Judging Chair, Arizona State University
Someday, I'm going to write about my problems with high-end science fairs. That said, they're a crucial way to get kids involved with science and research. 

1 comment:

  1. I was a judge at ISEF when it was in Los Angeles. It was a fun experience:

    http://blog.chembark.com/2011/06/20/judging-a-science-fair-behind-the-scenes-at-isef/

    I definitely preferred being a special awards judge rather than a grand awards judge. Judging as the latter is much more rigid.

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