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Intel ISEF Science Fair In Phoenix Seeks Volunteers, Judges And Interpreters

Supported by Palo Verde Generating Station

This May, 2,000 high school students from 80 countries will compete in Phoenix at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Now, the Society for Science & the Public, which runs the program, is calling for a village of volunteers to help pull it off.

The fair runs May 13-17, and provides around $5 million in awards, scholarships, internships and prizes.

Putting on the world's largest international pre-college science competition takes almost as many volunteers as contestants, including 1,000 judges, 200 interpreters and more than 500 other volunteers.

Those interested in judging must:

  • Have a minimum of six years related professional experience beyond receiving their B.A., B.S., or master's degree, OR
  • Have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent (D.O., Ed.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., etc.), OR
  • Be a current graduate student with more than four years of doctoral-level research experience or who is within one year of doctoral dissertation defense.

Interpreters are needed in 20 languages, especially Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese and Portuguese.

More information is available at the Intel ISEF website, or by contacting [email protected] or [email protected].

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Nicholas Gerbis was a senior field correspondent for KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk from 2016 to 2024.