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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Eight young students represent India in Intel's ISEF - SiliconIndia

Bangalore: Eight young students who have been successful at the India Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science (IRIS) with their innovative science and technology projects will now represent India in the 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held in San Jose, California from May 9-14, 2010.

The Intel ISEF is a program organized by Society for Science & the Public (SSP). With a gathering of over 1500 young students from more than 50 countries, representing more than 1200 projects, it is an opportunity for the best young minds in the world to come together to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge projects, and compete for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships. The Intel ISEF winners are judged on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill, and clarity shown in their projects.

At the national level, IRIS encourages only research based science projects. The programme calls for submission of project synopsis by August 31st every year, followed by an evaluation by the Scientific Resource Committee (SRC) for selection. For instance, in 2009, a total of 82 projects across Category I (Stand 5th-8th) and II (Stand 9th - 12th) were selected. These projects then compete at the National Fair of IRIS which is held in November-December. Amongst the winners of this fair, a group of students are then chosen to represent the country at ISEF. This team undergoes three coaching camps and the final team comprising of 4 individuals and two teams of two members each participate at ISEF. Nearly 1200 synopses were received in 2009 and from them, 82 projects were selected to participate at the National Fair, held at Sattva Vikas School, Ahmedabad in November.

Eight students (Four in the individual category and two each in the Team category) with their winning science and engineering projects will now travel to the U.S. to compete against more than 1500 other high school students from over 50 countries around the world. During the week-long Science and Engineering Fair the students will have the opportunity to meet leading scientists and exchange ideas on various evolving topics in Science, Research and Technology.

"The success of these students reveals their scientific aptitude, research acumen and innovation in the country. The finalists from India demonstrate the capability of this country to cultivate the next generation of innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs," said Rahul Bedi, Director, Corporate Affairs, Intel South Asia.

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